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Voting in European Parliament

Labour, Lib Dems and UKIP put thousands of West jobs at riskLabour, Liberal Democrat and UKIP MEPs have today threatened thousands of Western region jobs at Airbus by voting to continue forcing non-European airlines to pay an emissions levy whenever they fly to or from the EU, the region's Conservative MEPs have warned.

Relationship with Europe isn't working

Our relationship with Europe isn’t working and it needs to change.Last year, I set out a clear plan – seek a new settlement for Britain in Europe, and then put it to the British people in an in-out referendum by the end of 2017.Today Ed Miliband has made his position crystal clear – there will be no referendum under Labour.Only the Conservatives will guarantee and deliver that referendum. It will only happen if I am Prime Minister.

Postal Voting

This year's European election is the most important in a generation. For the first time since the Eurozone crisis, the British people get to have their say on our country's relationship with the EU.

In - Out Referendum

In January, I set out our party’s position on Europe. I made clear that the EU needed fundamental, far reaching change - and that Britain would lead the way in negotiatingthat reform.I also promised an In-Out referendum once those negotiations were complete, and at any event by the end of 2017. That's the right time to have a vote - it is wrong to ask people whether to stay or go before we have had a chance to put the relationship right.

Julie Girling MEP - News from Gibraltar

Julie Girling MEP reports back following her visit to "The Rock"
People are always intrigued by the title "MEP for the South West ...and Gibraltar" and often ask me about the practical implications. I usually reply that I visit annually and keep up with constituents by email without too much difficulty.

Time for an EU Referendum?

By Julie Girling MEP,Britain and Europe are still facing major economic difficulties. The recent State of the Union Address delivered by José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission, received only lukewarm response from MEPs, his rallying cries for more Europe seem finally to be wearing thin.


South West Conservative MEP, Julie Girling. Looks at future of the EU following the Euro crisis.