Scrutinising the new European Commission

In the European Parliament, MEPs take part in hearings to scrutinise proposed new members of the European Commission.

This is something that is really common in the European Parliament, and similar scrutiny processes are seen as far away as the U.S. Congress, but not in Westminster.

I’d love to bring a system like this back to Westminster. Maybe if we stop Brexit we can learn how to make British democracy even better.

Vice-Chair of the Iran Delegation

I’m delighted to have been elected as the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Iran Delegation.

This is a worrying time in the Persian Gulf. If we can play a small part in the European Parliament in promoting peace in the region then I think we’ll be doing something very valuable indeed.

If I can play a small part in that I’ll be deeply honoured and very proud to be representing Britain as an MEP taking part in the European Union as a real peace project – not just for peace within our own borders, but around the world.