The EMPL Committee is mainly responsible for employment policies and all aspects of social policy, working conditions, vocational training and the free movement of workers and pensioners.

The EMPL Committee works with the Council of the Union and the European Commission to implement the legislative framework in the areas for which it is responsible.

As the Conservative spokesperson on EMPL my main focus was to try and reduce the bureaucratic regulations imposed on small and medium-sized businesses so that they can grow and prosper.

I also worked with colleagues so that the impacts of regulation on micro-businesses (those that employ less than 10 people) were specifically considered before any regulations were proposed. Over 95% of UK businesses are micro-businesses and are a critically important part of the UK economy.

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