Anthea McIntyre MEP has been reappointed Conservative Agriculture spokesman in the European Parliament.

As a staunch advocate for the role of advancing technologies in farming, she has been an influential voice in the parliament for the appliance of sound science in regulation.

She will also sit as spokesman on the Environment Committee, which considers issues such as licensing of crop sprays and other treatments.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, jointly farms a smallholding at her home in Herefordshire.  

She supported farmers in campaigning for a new licence for the widely-used herbicide glyphosate. She also opposed a report by the parliament's temporary committee on pesticides which sought to make the approval process for plant protection products even more difficult than it is now.

She said:  "Farming is one of the key areas where decisions made in Brussels have a very direct impact on people's livelihoods and on our food security.

"Of course we expect that the UK will be leaving the EU sooner rather than later, but while we are there, it is vital that we speak up for Britain and for British food and farming."

International artist Salma Zulfiqar outlined her work among immigrant and refugee communities at a meeting of campaigners against hate crime.

Members of the campaign group West Midlands Together heard how her workshops used artworks and installations to promote harmony and integration.

Hailing from Smethwick, Birmingham, she worked for the United Nations Organisation with female refugees in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Sudan before setting up the Migration Project back in Birmingham.

She said: "Art has an important role to play in promoting peace as it helps  women open up to discuss things they never have before. Religion does not come into it and I have no political affiliations - it's about people feeling comfortable and having a frank conversation."

Anthea McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands and founder of West Midlands Together, said: "It was fascinating to hear how Salma uses her artistic talent and creativity to engage with women who might otherwise feel isolated.

"The art work provides the perfect safe space for people to start to reach out beyond their immediate families and community.

"The goals of Salma's Migration Project chime perfectly with our own and I hope we can continue to work together."

West Midlands Together was founded by Miss McIntyre and her Labour colleague Neena Gill as a cross-party initiative following a spike in hate crime after the 2016 referendum.

 

 

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West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre today welcomed the unveiling of a groundbreaking hydrogen-powered railway train which has been developed in her region.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on  employment in the European Parliament, hailed the launch as "a key pointer to our greener future".

She spoke as the train, called the Hydrogen Hero, was unveiled by Birmingham University's Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE).

The UK’s first fully operating hydrogen train was on show at Rail Live 2019 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire,  an annual event showcasing UK rail expertise.

Miss McIntyre said: "Hydrogen fuel cell technology means that potentially carbon-free trains can replace diesel on our lines without electrification.

"It creates electricity from oxygen in the air and the only by-product is water.

"The train on show was a scaled down version but I understand the design is ready right now to develop for full-size, full-scale production."

"This is a key pointer to how our transport can be cleaner and greener...and I am so proud that it has been developed and showcased right here in the West Midlands. This is a place where cutting edge science works alongside manufacturing know-how and that is a powerful combination."

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/news/latest/2018/06/uk-first-operational-hydrogen-train-unveiled.aspx

West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre today welcomed the unveiling of a groundbreaking hydrogen-powered railway train which has been developed in her region.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on  employment in the European Parliament, hailed the launch as "a key pointer to our greener future".

She spoke as the train, called the Hydrogen Hero, was unveiled by Birmingham University's Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE).

The UK’s first fully operating hydrogen train was on show at Rail Live 2019 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire,  an annual event showcasing UK rail expertise.

Miss McIntyre said: "Hydrogen fuel cell technology means that potentially carbon-free trains can replace diesel on our lines without electrification.

"It creates electricity from oxygen in the air and the only by-product is water.

"The train on show was a scaled down version but I understand the design is ready right now to develop for full-size, full-scale production."

"This is a key pointer to how our transport can be cleaner and greener...and I am so proud that it has been developed and showcased right here in the West Midlands. This is a place where cutting edge science works alongside manufacturing know-how and that is a powerful combination."

 

 

"The UK employment dynamo continues to generate jobs and grow wages," said Anthea McIntyre MEP.

 

The West Midlands MEP, who is Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, was greeting independent jobs figures which showed the unemployment rate continuing to run at the lowest since 1974 and wages growing faster than inflation for the 15th month in a row.

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She said: "Average weekly earnings are up 3.4 per cent from a year ago and more women are in work than ever before. Youth unemployment has halved since 2010 nearly a million more disabled people are in work since 2014. 

 

"However desperately some may try to find negatives, the truth is this Government has created a jobs revolution whose benefits are reaching all corners of society. it means more people experiencing the dignity of work and more money in their pockets."