I recently put questions to Nick Clegg on behalf of the LDEG, the party’s pro-European campaign group. In it, Nick makes clear the importance he attaches to the role of MEPs, responding to a question about whether the party appreciates MEPs:
individual MEPs have far, far more opportunity to actually get laws changed and improved than MPs.”
He very modestly avoided agreeing with me that he had a role in leading Britain’s pro-Europeans, although that is a role he sees for the party as a whole. He described Sharon Bowles MEP’s appointment as Chair of the Parliament’s Economics Committee as “immensely important” (a view echoed by the Financial Times which calls her “one of the most powerful women in European finance”.
The interview covers the Lisbon Treaty and Nick suggests that after the debate on the treaty “we need to move on to improving Europe’s policies rather than its treaties.” On the single currency, he says that recent events make the case for membership stronger and, asked about banks, says that the EU “is vital to getting a grip on the behaviour of credit institutions.”
We also cover rights for Britons arrested in another state of the Union, the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change, food and energy security, the 2009 European Elections, electing more MEPs in future, and much more besides.
* Antony Hook is a Liberal Democrat campaigner in the South East.