Anthea appointed Conservative Employment spokesman – small businesses to be top of growth agenda

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre has been appointed Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament.

As the party's lead on a major area of the EU's legislative power, she will play a key role in fending off potentially harmful new rules and regulations and fighting for the support and freedom that British companies need to boost enterprise and jobs.

Having run her own small business for 20 years Anthea, who joined the Parliament in December as MEP for the West Midlands, has a wealth of experience in management consultancy.

She aims to roll back damaging social legislation and argues: "Most decisions on employment law are best left to national governments. I want to protect the right of British workers to opt out of restrictive regulations such as the Working Time Directive.

She said: "I know about the challenges and opportunities of running a small business and I recognise that, given the right backing and freedom from red tape, they can be the real engine room of a growing economy.

"Too often entrepreneurs, would-be wealth-creators, and jobseekers feel that Brussels is working against them. As the lead Conservative voice on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, I shall be urging fellow MEPs to think growth instead of restriction, to promote enterprise ahead of bureaucracy, to back opportunity over regulation.

"That is what I came into politics to do. That is why I am a Conservative"

Miss McIntyre was congratulated by the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, Martin Callanan, who said: "I know that Anthea's passion for driving enterprises forward, combined with her grasp of the fine detail of business practice, will make her a formidable operator in this role."

MEP Anthea highlights collapse in opportunities for temporary work

Local Conservative MEP, Anthea McIntyre, has highlighted the European Commission's own figures on job vacancies as powerful evidence that the controversial Temporary Agency Workers Directive is having a damaging effect on job prospects.

In her role as Conservative Employment spokesman Anthea McIntyre seized on the publication of the Commission's latest European Vacancy Monitor, which showed a sudden and dramatic collapse in temporary posts at the time the directive was being implemented by member states across Europe last autumn. France, Germany and the Netherlands had previously all seen substantial growth in temporary vacancies, but from a peak in August the numbers suddenly fell by up to one-fifth.

In the UK, where the directive's impact is softened by an agreement between employers and unions that individual companies can effectively opt out if management and staff agree, the fall was less severe.

The biggest impact was in France where the number job vacancies held by leading temporary-work agency Randstad fell by more than 20 per cent in two months.The Commission report seeks to link the collapse to the poor economic climate and companies performing badly.

      

However, Miss McIntyre said: "They seem to be in denial about the harmful impact of their own policy. They try to blame the economy, but that has been bad since 2008. When you look at the graph of temporary job vacancies, the sharp downturn comes exactly at the point during last autumn when countries were putting the directive into effect.

"The evidence is staring them in the face. The Commission thought the directive would lead to the creation of more permanent jobs, but of course that hasn't happened either."

"They have shackled growth in the name of social engineering - and in the process destroyed job opportunities for thousands of workers across Europe. It is the perfect example of why the right to determine social legislation of this kind needs to be repatriated to the UK at the earliest opportunity."

MEP Anthea discusses CAP reforms

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre recently met the NFU’s West Midlands Combinable Crops Group to discuss the latest round of proposed changes to the Common Agricultural Programme (CAP).

The Group expressed concern that a number of the proposals do not take into account Food Security and Food shortages and will, in some instances, damage the environmental gains made in recent years.

After a lengthy discussion covering many specific points, Anthea McIntyre said:

“It is clear that the gradual process of improving and reforming the CAP over the last few years is in danger of being reversed and inflicting real damage on British farmers.

“Proposals to impose crop diversification on livestock and dairy farmers are clearly not sustainable and simply ignore the realities that such farmers face.Similarly, the suggestion that block cropping (where one crop is grown on a single block of land or farm) be stopped would add to costs, lead to the inefficient use of machinery, and even create additional traffic congestion in rural areas for no discernable benefit to consumers or producers.”

Reaffirming her commitment to work to roll-back bureaucratic interference from the EU, Anthea told the meeting:

“I will do all I can as a member of the Agriculture Committee to highlight the nonsense that the latest round of proposed reform creates and work with colleagues to preserve the environmental gains that have been made in recent times.

“Farming is a vital British industry and plays a huge role in protecting and enhancing the environment. The gains of recent years are threatened by the proposed reforms.”

(Photograph shows Anthea McIntyre MEP with members of the West Midlands Combinable Crops Group at Gillow Farm, Herefordshire.)

MEP Anthea brings Pickles to Hereford  

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre expressed delight that Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government accepted her invitation to visit Herefordshire on Thursday and Friday, 1 March 2012.

During his tour, Mr Pickles visited the Enterprise Zone at Rotherwas and the Hereford Cattle Market site development at Edgar Street, Hereford.

(Anthea McIntyre with Eric Pickles MP and Ray Stone, Chairman of Rotherwas Enterprise Zone)

He also met members of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership and was the keynote speaker at Herefordshire 2020 ‐ A Vision for the County, a Conference organised on behalf of Herefordshire Business Board, the Marches LEP, Herefordshire Council and Visit Herefordshire at The Courtyard and he held a number of other meetings with key-stakeholders.

Before the visit Anthea McIntyre MEP said "I am delighted that Eric Pickles is coming to see for himself the progress that is being made on a number of fronts to revitalise the County and that he will take part in the discussions that will help shape Herefordshire in the future. Herefordshire has been described as ‘The Forgotten County’ and this visit is part of a concerted effort to show that Herefordshire can have a fantastic future that harnesses our heritage and incorporates new opportunities in an innovative and dynamic way.

"Eric’s visit, coming so soon after the Prime Minister’s visit, shows that Herefordshire’s elected representatives are working closely together to make the County’s voice heard.”

 (Anthea and Eric with members of The Marches LEP)

 

Shropshire’s MEP, Anthea McIntyre, was the guest of North Shropshire Conservative Association at a Lunch held in Wem on 9th March.

Speaking to a large number of enthusiastic members and guests, Miss McIntyre spoke about her role as a West Midlands MEP and the work she is doing on behalf of local people.

Addressing the audience, Miss McIntyre said:

“My priority is to stop the creation of endless hurdles to job-creation and the imposition of regulations that would further hamper local small businesses from growing and creating new jobs for local people.

“All too often we see examples of proposals that would add disproportionately to the burdens on smaller businesses and which would have the effect of stopping innovation and enterprise.

“Our small business sector is crucial and, by its very nature, consists of thousands of individuals who have taken a risk to create employment for themselves and others – these entrepreneurs should be congratulated and encouraged rather than swamped with bureaucracy.”