James Elles MEP

19 Nov 2011 09:01:47

Tory MEPs claim victory as budget increase is limited to 2.02%

By Tim Montgomerie
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The European Parliament had originally wanted an increase in the EU's budget of 5.2% but an agreement was struck at 3am this morning which should limit the increase to 2.02%.

Screen shot 2011-11-19 at 09.00.32James Elles MEP, budget spokesman and lead negotiator for Britain's Conservative MEPs, issued this press statement:

"Our consistent argument in favour of a freeze in the budget has succeeded in preventing an increase that would have been outlandish and unacceptable in such tough economic times. The Prime Minister greatly helped and led the way by stating early in the process that a standstill had to be the goal. He then rallied other key nations to that view, and in negotiations that pressure bore down heavily on the parliament's unrealistic ambitions. To trim spending is the only responsible way when sovereign debt is undermining the euro and the global economy. Our persistence is winning over other groups and MEPs to our philosphy that the EU needs to spend just as much effort on saving funds as spending them."

Of course 2.02% is better than 5.2% but the EU is still going to get more from British taxpayers at a time when UK budgets for the police, army and roads are being cut.

19 Dec 2010 07:55:21

Charles Tannock MEP is Britain's best Value-For-Money MEP

Tim Montgomerie

TANNOCK CHARLES Charles Tannock, a Tory MEP for London, has been named by The Sunday Telegraph as the MEP who gives taxpayers the best value for money.

He gets the rating because of his "near-perfect attendance of 97.44%" and his "moderate to low expenses". The newspaper also credits him with "bombarding" EU officials with questions about their responsibilities.

ConHome is particularly pleased to see Mr Tannock at the top of the league table. He writes regularly for this site but sadly that openness to Tory members isn't reflected in the Sunday Telegraph's calculations!

Unfortunately it's another Tory MEP who languishes at the bottom of the VFM table. The South East region's James Elles claimed one of the highest amounts for expenses but also had one of the lowest activity rates in terms of attendance, speeches and questions.

Read more in The Sunday Telegraph.