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Richard Corbett

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Richard Corbett 5 Years, 11 Months, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 59 Minutes ago
Today is formally my last day as an MEP.I have enjoyed (almost) every minute of it, including the discussions and debates with those whose views are radically different from mine, be they from other political parties or from the Eurosceptic brigade (...
No justice for Leeds Utd but progress from UEFA on matchfixing NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 3 Days, 3 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Despite losing my seat in the European elections, I have followed up the petition that over 12,000 people signed and tried to press UEFA as far as I could.First, I had the following written response from UEFA:“We have received your letter and the p...
Political balances in the new Parliament NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Weeks, 6 Days, 7 Hours, 58 Minutes ago
As the dust begins to settle, what is the wider impact of the European election result on the European Parliament?The most commented on aspect is the setback for the Socialists and the strengthening of the centre-right EPP - though the latter effect...
election result NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 3 Weeks, 4 Days, 4 Hours, 16 Minutes ago
Thanks to all those who have been calling or emailing with sympathy for my losing my seat in the European election count yesterday. Losing is one thing - ceding a seat to the BNP is another.Local elections and European elections always see a proporti...
Press is guilty for failing to address real debate on Europe NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 4 Weeks, 2 Days, 5 Hours, 38 Minutes ago
With amazing chutzpah, the Times leader today complains of “the almost complete absence of any serious debate about European issues is a colossal indictment of the European Union”. Surely it is an indictment of the UK press, including the Times,...
Westminster scandal leaves fringe parties to spread Euromyths unanswered NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 19 Hours, 17 Minutes ago
As the campaign for the European elections draws to a close it is apparent that the three main parties have been embroiled in the appalling Westminster expenses scandal leaving the field open to the minor parties who see this as their great opportuni...
Expenses, fringe parties and the Euro elections NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 4 Days, 15 Hours, 14 Minutes ago
For three weeks, the news has been dominated by the MP expenses debacle. This sombre chapter in UK political life seems likely to continue for some time. Analysis of its implications and how our political systems should be reformed is now starting to...
Eurovision at St Oswald's in Guiseley NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 1 Day, 15 Hours, 31 Minutes ago
I had a very entertaining afternoon away from the hurly burly of campaigning last Friday when I judged a Eurovision song contest at St Oswald’s junior school in Guiseley.The children were split into eight teams representing different countries and...
The truth about EU regulation NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 22 Hours, 40 Minutes ago
An argument I’ve always taken on with eurosceptics is the effects on business of EU regulation. Open Europe took umbrage at an article I wrote in the Yorkshire Post a few weeks ago, which questioned their wild assertions that EU regulation was out...
Gloomy weather on the campaign trail NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 1 Day, 16 Hours, 1 Minute ago
I usually enjoy being out campaigning, putting arguments to people, entering into discussions, countering euromyths and arguing my case. This time, however, the mood is somewhat dampened by the weather: soaked in Sheffield, drenched in Dewsbury and e...
Premier League sees sense on ‘home grown’ players system NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 2 Weeks, 5 Days, 14 Hours, 35 Minutes ago
A majority of the 20 clubs have agreed to introduce a rule modelled on UEFA’s system for European competitions which requires all clubs to have at least eight ‘homegrown’ players out of a squad of 25. It looks as though they may adopt the schem...
EP reform package adopted NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 19 Hours, 18 Minutes ago
I was pleased that the European Parliament adopted virtually all my proposals to reform the Parliament's internal procedures yesterday, by an overwhelming majority.Much of it is pretty technical (how committees deal with amendments from other committ...
UKIP employees give up the ghost on their party NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 1 Month, 3 Weeks, 5 Days, 22 Hours, 54 Minutes ago
I was surprised to be sent an interesting paper by two former UKIP researchers looking, amongst other things, at the possible outcome of the European elections: John Petley, who worked for the UKIP delegation in Brussels before resigning in mysterio...
Despite problems, a good response NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Day, 36 Minutes ago
Despite what has been going on in Westminster over the last week or so, out on the doorsteps and streets in Yorkshire we have been getting a remarkably good response from people.After starting today door-knocking in Huddersfield, where I only encount...
Isolation vs co-operation NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 4 Days, 6 Hours, 11 Minutes ago
The European elections are shaping up to a battle between those who believe that Britain's future lies with isolation and those who believe that it lies in co-operation with other countries, in particular with its neighbours in Europe.With the increa...
Iceland moves closer to EU membership NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 5 Days, 23 Hours, 37 Minutes ago
The resounding victory for Iceland's left-wing coalition at the weekend has brought Icelandic EU membership much closer. The Prime Minister Johanna Sigurdardottir has made it clear that her priority is to begin negotiations on EU accession, with the...
European Parliament wins big victories for consumers NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 3 Days, 12 Hours, 46 Minutes ago
It’s been a week of good news for consumers after this week's voting session in the European Parliament resulted in the adoption of new rules which will save millions of people money.First, and most importantly, is the news that energy suppliers wi...
Tom Wise charged with money laundering NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 1 Week, 4 Days, 11 Hours, 22 Minutes ago
UKIP have been dealt a severe blow this week following the announcement that the Crown Prosecution Service is charging Tom Wise with money laundering and false accounting.Wise will appear in court next week. The allegations that Wise had claimed just...
Declining turnout is not exclusive to the European Parliament NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 2 Weeks, 3 Days, 9 Hours, 51 Minutes ago
Much ado in the media these last few days about the likely level of turnout in the European elections, with the inevitible Eurosceptic claim that a low turnout lessens the legitimacy of the parliament.I think it is important to distinguish two aspect...
Non-debate with Declan Ganley NEW
Richard Corbett 6 Years, 2 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Hours, 57 Minutes ago
Last week, I had a discussion on BBC TV about democracy in the EU with Declan Ganley, the Anglo-Irish businessman who financed the “No” campaign in the Irish referendum on the Lisbon treaty and who is now trying to field candidates in the Europea...