This decision by Julie Girling MEP and Richard Ashworth MEP means that the EPP Group again includes all 28 EU Member States, including the UK.
Environmental specialist Julie Girling MEP and former Leader of UK Conservatives in the European Parliament Richard Ashworth MEP have left the hardline and much smaller ECR Group which David Cameron established when he took the Conservatives out of the EPP-ED in 2009.
Voted MEP of the Year in March 2017 by her fellow MEPs for her strong and constant support for animal welfare and tougher new targets to lower air pollution, Girling said: “The EPP is much closer to the pro-Europe Conservative Party that I originally joined, and which I have since loyally served, than is the increasingly hardline ECR.”
Girling continued: “For the remaining part of this European Parliamentary mandate, I will continue to fight for the interest of my constituents across South West England and Gibraltar from within the heart of the EPP. By working alongside colleagues from all 28 Member States in the European Parliament’s largest political group, I shall ensure that pro-European British beliefs are heard clearly at the heart of Europe.”
Respected Agriculture and Budgets specialist in the European Parliament Ashworth stated, “It is great to be back inside the EPP family. Together with my colleague and friend Julie Girling, I believe we can more effectively serve our constituents and the whole of our nation.”
UK EPP Leader Dirk Hazell concluded, “For the first time since 2009, from Margate to Land’s End and Gibraltar beyond, Britain is again capably represented within Europe’s leading political family, the EPP. Amidst the confusion and contortion of the Brexit debate currently absorbing the British body politic, pro-Europeans across the UK can take hope from this sign of better times to come. Two skilled and respected British MEPs are now at the heart of Europe fighting for British and European interests. ”