20 May 2014 – For Immediate Release
CAMERON’s TORY MEPs MUST NOT JOIN ANTI-IMMIGRANT XENOPHOBES IN BRUSSELS
When you vote on Thursday (22 May) do you know where and with whom the MEPs you are electing will sit? Today (Tues – 20 May), the 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) leader Dirk Hazell urged voters to take care: “Your vote on Thursday counts toward building political groupings in Brussels. A vote for the wrong party risks creating new hard and far right groups that will try to reduce your European freedoms.”
With increasing media reports that Tory MEPs plan to link up with Farage’s UKIP anti-immigrant friends in a desperate attempt to preserve their failing ECR Group, Hazell has published an open letter to Euro-MP Syed Kamall, the Conservative leader in the European Parliament. “People across Britain will be shocked to learn that a vote for the Conservatives could mean supporting a new Tory alliance in Brussels that will embrace the anti-immigrant Danish People’s and the Finns parties”, said Hazell.
“Leading members of both the Danish People’s and the Finns parties have made shockingly xenophobic and Islamophobic comments, some of which have resulted in convictions. I find it incredible that Conservative MEPs would even contemplate talking to these parties, yet alone associating with them”, writes Hazell.
“British PM David Cameron must come clean and admit what is being planned before Thursday. The British electorate deserves the truth. Cameron must stop pretending one thing in London and then allowing his Tory MEPs to behave differently in Brussels. Or has Cameron lost control as his Brussels rebels drive the Conservative party hard right?” asked Hazell.
Hazell added: “Since January 2013, Tory-led ECR Group Euro-MPs voted two-thirds of the time with Farage’s UKIP-led EFD Group. Now Conservative MEPs appear intent on joining with them to form an anti-immigrant, anti-EU grouping in the European Parliament. Cameron’s Brussels boys seem to be marching to hard right tunes, ever further away from Europe’s centre ground. Cameron constantly caves into UKIP, but appeasement never works!”
The 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) gives centre ground, centre-right pro-European Londoners the chance to be back at the heart of Europe, inside the mainstream EPP family. “British influence was sharply reduced when Cameron ordered his Tory MEPs out of the EPP Group in 2009. We will start to repair the damage Cameron created”, explained Hazell.
Standing in London – with a full list of eight candidates, including citizens from other EU member states – Hazell confirmed: “We will be a strong voice in the European Parliament, defending the freedoms of everyone who lives, works and studies in London and beyond. We believe in bringing people together, not driving them apart. As MEPs we will sit with the powerful EPP political family of Angela Merkel and other mainstream centre-right EU leaders.”
Joining Hazell on BBC TV’s Daily Politics Show, the former head of the Confederation of British Industry, Digby Jones agreed that Cameron was wrong to flounce out of the powerful mainstream EPP Group. “The UK should lead not leave the EU. Instead, Cameron puts his own survival as party leader ahead of the British national interest, taking Britain to the brink of Brexit. The Hannan bandwagon of UKIP sympathisers is taking over, dragging the Conservative party over the edge”, warned Hazell.
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Editor’s Note: Please see this link for the open letter to Conservative Euro-leader Syed Kamall MEP from the 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) leader Dirk Hazell. The 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) is fielding a full list of eight candidates in the London region on Thursday 22 May, and has the political support of the EU’s largest political family, the mainstream centre-right EPP. Elected 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) MEPs will join the EPP Group in the European Parliament when it reconvenes in the first week of July.
The 4 Freedoms Party (UK EPP) offers London voters a positive platform of policies, reflecting a refreshing and forward-looking interpretation of mainstream centre ground and centre-right values. This new British political party embraces the 4 fundamental EU freedoms of movement for people, goods, services and capital – plus the 4 freedoms outlined in US President FD Roosevelt’s iconic 1941 State of the Union address, namely: freedoms of speech and worship, freedoms from want and fear.”