How solid is the Tories’ ‘extreme and ragbag’ Euro grouping?

Two days after the Tories attempted to bury the embarrassing news of their decision to set up a new European Parliament grouping comprising some of the more, erm, eccentric right-wing elements on offer, and the cracks are, apparently, already showing (hat-tip: Liberal Conspiracy):

Hannu Takkula, a Finnish Centre party Euro-MP, was quoted as saying by party news website Verkkoapila on Wednesday that he would stay in the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe, one of the European Parliament’s political groupings.

The Conservatives and Reformists Group had said Monday that Mr Takkula would join the new group.

Does the un-defection of a lone MEP actually matter? Well, for the new Tory grouping it does. Here’s why:

while the ECR’s ranks will be dominated by MEPs from the Tories (26 MEPs) and the Polish Law and Justice party (PiS: 15 MEPs), six [now five – Ed.] of the group’s nine national delegations consist of a single MEP.

In other words, should just three [now two – Ed.] of those six MEPs at any point become disillusioned with the group’s direction and threaten to leave, they would effectively hold veto power over the groups’ continued existence (a group requires MEPs from at least seven member states).

As a result, the Tories will arguably need to guarantee these six [now five – Ed.] MEPs positions of influence in the new group.

What a strong position for an incoming British government to find itself in.

Read more by or more about .
This entry was posted in Europe / International.
Bookmark the web address for this page or use the short url http://ldv.org.uk/15470 for Twitter and emails.
Advert

8 Comments

  • So why are the Lib Dems in a European parliamentary grouping that includes homophobics?

  • Mark Littlewood 25th Jun '09 - 1:40am
  • John zims: In the 6th Parliament, ALDE ran a major campaign entitled “ALDE 4 Equality”, which was “aimed at supporting LGBT equality in the EU”. An analysis of group positions in the 5th Parliament found ELDR had a 78% rating in favour of “homosexual equality, abortion and euthenasia” issues (no further breakdown). EPP-ED, on the other hand, had a 30.5% rating for the same category.

    Suggestions about specks of dust versus planks of wood come to mind…..

  • Cameron is not fit to be Prime Minister. I do not think it is inevitable, as some appear to think above.

Post a Comment

Lib Dem Voice welcomes comments from everyone but we ask you to be polite, to be on topic and to be who you say you are. You can read our comments policy in full here. Please respect it and all readers of the site.

If you are a member of the party, you can have the Lib Dem Logo appear next to your comments to show this. You must be registered for our forum and can then login on this public site with the same username and password.

Your email is never published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Please complete the name of this site, Liberal Democrat ...?

Advert



Recent Comments

  • User AvatarTsar Nicolas 27th Nov - 6:14am
    "New and unique challenge to the UK security services." Does new and unique mean worse, or more severe? Worse or more severe than German agents...
  • User AvatarAmalric 27th Nov - 3:05am
    Can anyone tell me when we passed this as our policy? I don’t recall this featuring in the pre-manifesto discussions. I do remember Nick Clegg...
  • User AvatarAmalric 27th Nov - 2:52am
    @ John Tilley For the current year you can go to the party website to see who the 29 people are - http://www.libdems.org.uk/federal_executive Hopefully it...
  • User AvatarAmalric 27th Nov - 2:26am
    So I can take comfort from the idea that a uniform national swing with us on 8% will give us 23 MPs. From this I...
  • User AvatarAllan 27th Nov - 1:17am
    @ David But secondly, also be prepared to confront the EU. That does not mean threatening to leave, but it does mean gently pointing out...
  • User AvatarConor McGovern 27th Nov - 1:12am
    @Charlie - What happens of the media spin it? If it were Christian terrorists, would their religion be brought up on the news and by...