Ashworth calls for more measures to help British milk industry

BBC Radio Oxford – Concerns about British dairy farming 

Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for South East England and the UK Conservatives spokesman in the European Parliament on Agriculture, said today on BBC Radio Oxford more measures are required to help British dairy farmers.

“Further price cuts to milk, a drop in demand from China, and the Russian trade ban on dairy products have seen margins squeezed tighter than at any other time.   The price cuts which are being imposed are unsustainable and will have a serious impact on the liquidity of many farmers”.

The volatility in the global dairy market has affected severely British farmers and the Russian trade embargo has also exacerbated the continuing fall in global and European dairy markets.

“We need to find a fair solution for British farming with measures that will allow farmers to operate across European and beyond in a way that sustains British farming, and prevents the price war taking place to destroy dairy farming in the UK.”

Response to reports that upto 700 migrants may have drowned in the Mediterranean

It is deeply sad that around 700 people are reported to have perished in the Mediterranean sea as a direct result of the actions of criminal human traffickers.   This is of course a disaster for humanity and it is now time a         co-ordinated effective response is agreed to stop even more deaths.

We need to begin by adding more resources to Frontex the European Agency established to combat illegal immigration into the EU.  The EU governments must do more to catch the criminal gangs who are exploiting and making money out of these people.

There is much much more that could be, and should be done to stop that flow of illegal migrants.

Ultimately the solution is in the source countries where the migrants are coming from, and these governments must fulfil their international responsibilities to prevent this illegal trafficking’.

A good result for Britain and a good outcome for David Cameron

Lord Hill of Oareford, has been confirmed as the United Kingdom’s next European Commissioner overseeing a major shake-up with plans to liberalise the EU’s capital markets and will be able to work safeguard the City of London from heavy handed Brussels regulation.

Responding to the appointment Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP  for South East England said:

“A high ranking portfolio and one which is extremely important for the interests of the United Kingdom (and especially the city of London). It will enable the UK government, through him, to be highly instrumental in building a sound basis for the creation of jobs and economic growth in the EU.”

“Junker doing as he promised … protecting the interests of the United Kingdom. A good result for Britain and a good outcome for David Cameron.”

Lord Hill’s post, entitled “financial stability, financial services and capital markets union” commissioner, will be a significant economic post following tough talks with Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

Much more could be done and should be done to stop flow of illegal immigrants into France and the UK

The Mayor of Calais Natacha Bouchart has issued a warning in Paris at a meeting with the French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve that “I could take the decision to block the port (Calais). I could bring pressure to bear.”

She said that the migrants were costing too much and making life unpleasant.

Richard Ashworth Conservative MEP for Dover said:

“If Calais was a UK town we would be indignant at the situation, but blocking the port and the Channel crossing I don’t believe is the right way to find a solution to the problem.”

“There is much much more that could be, and should be done to stop that flow of illegal migrants.”

“Ultimately the solution is in the source countries where the migrants are coming from, and these governments must fulfil their international responsibilities to prevent this illegal trafficking.  Frontex the European Agency established to combat illegal immigration into the EU must do more.  The EU governments must do more to catch the criminal gangs who are exploiting and making money out of these people.”

“We need to do far more to intercept vehicles and freight coming into this country.  We are after all an island, and we need to bolster security in Dover.  We need to invest much more into the UK Border Agency, I give credit to the haulage and freight companies in the UK for investing in new technology, but we need to adopt new technology at ports to intercept illegal immigrants.”