On Monday, Conservatives announced that we have achieved the necessary number of MEPs and nationalities to form our new anti-federalist, centre and centre-right mainstream grouping in the European Parliament.
The announcement brings to an end a search that William Hague and I began over three years ago, following the undertaking David Cameron made during his campaign for the Party leadership.
For me, our announcement underlines a vital political point. David Cameron is a man who delivers on his commitments. The contrast with Gordon Brown, especially on Europe, could not be clearer.
We have a great deal to be proud of with this new Group. With 55 MEPs already, we will be the fourth largest group in the Parliament. I am confident that more MEPs will join us in future, some in the relatively near future - Mark Francois and I are continuing to work hard in negotiations on this front.
We will have a number of positions of influence within the parliament. We anticipate the Group will have at least one Vice-President of the parliament and a committee chair. We will have a number of the coordinators (Whips/spokesmen) in the committees, meaning we will be in a strong position to take on some high-profile reports passing through the parliament. We will also sit on the top table of the parliament - the Conference of Presidents - where a number of important decisions are taken about the day-to-day functioning of the institution.