December 2019 newsletter from Anthea McIntyre MEP
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December 2019
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Dear Friends,

Our party is celebrating a stunning victory in the snap general election called by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

As he said himself, it was an election we did not want. Many of you, I know, will have cursed the timing but still gone out there leafleting and knocking doors in freezing wind and rain as midwinter approached.

Boris was also right, however, to say there was no alternative but an election. Parliamentary paralysis threatened to deny the result of the EU referendum altogether. A General Election became the only way of breaking the log jam and gaining a fresh mandate to press ahead with the renegotiated withdrawal deal.

And what a mandate it proved to be.  A simple message about getting Brexit done and unleashing Britain's potential, together with a sensible list of priorities and promises, spoke to the hearts of ordinary people across Britain.

Many of the constituencies here and in the north of England which returned a Conservative, had not done so in decades - some never.

Our results here in the West Midlands were truly remarkable. We won a staggering nine seats: Birmingham Northfield, Dudley North, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Stoke-on-Trent Central, Stoke-on-Trent North, West Bromwich East, West Bromwich West, Wolverhampton North East, Wolverhampton South West. Well done to all.

This has given an altogether unfamiliar but thoroughly welcome look to the political map of our region.

All of Stoke-on-Trent is now blue, as are West Bromwich and Dudley. We took two of the three seats in Wolverhampton and had a major breakthrough in Birmingham.

I am so proud of all our local Conservative candidates. They are from the West Midlands and for the West Midlands, and I know they will represent their constituents very well.

Our Team-Seats system worked brilliantly, giving us not only a talented and dedicated pool of local candidates but also a highly-motivated and well-drilled support team in each key constituency.

The result was that thousands voted for us in areas where they never have before. We now represent a very much broader range of people than ever. That will be a challenge and we must not let them down.

Together we must work to make One Nation Conservatism work for all our citizens here in the West Midlands, and secure their trust and their votes long into the future.

For me it means I can finally be sure that I am sending you a newsletter for the last time. I have been so grateful for your support and encouragement during my time as your MEP and would like to thank you, all of you, for the backing you have given to me and my wonderful team.

Work done in Parliament
I attended various events and meetings in and around Parliament, including:  
  • Chairing LUFPIG breakfast on Technology, Digital and Innovation in Agriculture. 
  • Chairing the European Parliament Ceramics Forum panel on industrial transformation. 
  • Speaking at the Biotech SME awards. We heard from innovative European biotech SMEs and the crucial role they play in answering some of society’s greatest challenges.
  • Welcoming Mrs Rajavi, leader of the PMOI, to speak in Strasbourg. I have consistently spoken out about human rights abuses in Iran.
  • Speaking at a British Chamber of Commerce conference on the Policy priorities of the Environment (ENVI) committee.
  • Speaking at a European Forum for Manufacturing event. 
  • Co-hosting and speaking at a EuropaBio working lunch on Genome editing.
  • Speaking at Friends of Kashmir conference to discuss ongoing issues in the region and within the Kashmiri diaspora.
  • Attending a meeting to constitute the Disability Intergroup Bureau and to discuss the re-establishment of the intergroup and its future work.
Out and about in the West Midlands
In recent weeks I have spent my time in the constituency campaigning and attending various events and meetings, these include: 
  • Campaigning in Walsall South with candidate Gurjit Bains.
  • Campaigning in Northfield for Gary Sambrook and in Kerne Bridge with Jesse Norman.
  • Campaigning in Coventry South with our candidate Cllr Mattie Heaven.
  • Attending the Coventry Conservative Association Dinner.
  • Launching the Conservative campaign in Sandwell with West Bromwich East candidate (now MP) Nicola Richards, Warley candidate Dr Chandra Kanneganti and West Bromwich West candidate (now MP) Shaun Bailey. 
  • Attending Wyre Forrest Annual Dinner.
  • Speaking at a Kashmir Conference at the Pakistan High Commission in London.
  • Speaking at a Make UK Committee Event and Dinner.
  • Speaking at the Agrow Crop Science Forum.
  • Speaking at a Coventry Business Breakfast at Coombe Abbey.
  • Attending a YSS event “Working Together in Herefordshire Now and In the Future” alongside HRH Princess Anne to meet with community leaders and groups in Herefordshire, and to receive an update on YSS’s work in the county and beyond.
  • Attending Broadway Academy jobs fair with Jahid Choudhury.
  • Chairing Andy Street's West Midlands Mayoral Campaign launch.
  • Hosting a HCBF breakfast with guest speakers Mark Green and Sean Mason, co-founders of Two Farmers Crisps.
  • Participating in Street Cleans across the West Midlands with Andy Street and team. 
  • Visiting DaisyCare 24 hour nursery in Edgbaston with candidate Alex Yip.
Work on behalf of constituents

I met with Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambaski regarding the tragic case of football fan Robert Spray. This meeting was to highlight the concerns of Mr Spray's family over the circumstances of his death when he travelled to Sofia to support England.

I sent letters on behalf of constituents to:
  • Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis - constituent’s concerns about turtle protection in Zante, Greece.
  • Commissioner Karmenu Vella - concerns about the current state of the Amazon rainforest
  • Rt Hon Esther McVey - residents’ concerns about a large scale housing development being proposed next to their community at Kings Hill in Coventry.
  • Commissioner Phil Hogan - the Vegan Society`s "Play Fair for Plant Milk" campaign.
  • Rt Hon Ben Wallace MP - Supporting cross-party campaign for a new HMS Coventry.
Many thanks for your interest in my newsletter. Please don't hesitate to contact me if there is a particular issue you wish to discuss. You can call the office on 01989 769 544, email me at anthea@antheamcintyre.com, or write to the mailing address below. Find out more news by visiting my Twitter, Facebook page or personal website.

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