The following is a local letter sent to regional media in South East England on 2 June 2014
The people of South East of England have voted and I am grateful to have a mandate to serve and represent all the people of this important area of the British Isles in the European Parliament for another 4 years.
The frustration and anger felt by the electorate is something I am acutely aware of and also hold the same feelings when only in my first days back in Parliament the European Commission is trying to undermine David Cameron’s historic budget cut by demanding an extra £500 million from British taxpayers to meet Brussels spending bills this year.
This early assault by the EU underlines shows how important it is for the UK to have MEPs present in Brussels and ready to act and represent and fight for the national interest.
The mandate I have from the people of the South East England is to make Europe work better for the UK, and ensure that economic recovery inspired by prudent economic management by Chancellor George Osborne is not hampered by Brussels regulations and other unnecessary EU red tape.