About: Martin Callanan

Ex-Tory MP entangled in EU plastic bag lobbying row

A former Tory MP who is now working for a leading plastic manufacturer is facing claims the business is exploiting its employees' links to the British Conservatives to block a ban on plastic bags at European Union level. 
Daniel Hannan and Syed Kamall, leading Conservative MEPs [European Parliament]
EU Elections 2014 05-06-2014

Cameron’s group challenges liberals as kingmakers in new Parliament

The European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) this week welcomed several new member parties that could make it the European Parliament's third largest group while weakening its rivals. But what will the group look like?
Brexit 26-05-2014

Defiant ECR predicts kingmaker role in race for Commission Presidency

The European Conservatives and Reformists Group last night (25 May) claimed they could act as kingmakers in the appointment of the next Commission President, as their Tory Chairman lost his seat in the Parliament elections.
Brexit 25-05-2014

Leading Tory MEP relying on UKIP to save his seat

The Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists, Martin Callanan, is relying on the UK Independence Party to poach enough Labour votes to save his seat in tonight’s (25 May) European Parliament elections
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Global Europe 20-12-2013

MEPs assess December 2013 EU Summit

As EU leaders gather in Brussels for the last EU summit of the year, MEPs gave their assessment on the discussions from the meeting. Heads of state and government are meeting in Brussels on 19 and 20 December to discuss issues such as security and defense and the economic and monetary union.
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Barroso appeals to British Conservatives: ‘Make the case for Europe’ or suffer at the polls

President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso lashed out at British Conservative leader Martin Callanan during a parliamentary debate on Wednesday in Strasbourg. Speaking after his annual State of the Union speech in the European Parliament, Barroso said that “I start to have some doubts that you are going to be elected yourself in Britain, if it’s not going to be Ukip as the first force in British elections.”
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EU Priorities 2020 22-05-2013

MEPs statements after May 2013 EU Council

EU leaders met today to discuss how to lower energy prices and improve industrial competitiveness, at a time when other developed countries are rushing to invest in shale gas. Second issue on the agenda is tax evasion, which every year deprives EU governments of roughly €1 trillion.
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Future EU 08-02-2013

MEPs statements on February 2013 EU Council Summit

EU leaders are meeting in Brussels for a two-day summit (7-8 February) to forge a deal on the Union's 2014-2020 budget. Diplomats point out that it is “now or never” for heads of state and government to agree ahead of multiple elections in 2013.