Anthea appointed Conservative Employment spokesman – small businesses to be top of growth agenda

Local MEP Anthea McIntyre has been appointed Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament.

As the party's lead on a major area of the EU's legislative power, she will play a key role in fending off potentially harmful new rules and regulations and fighting for the support and freedom that British companies need to boost enterprise and jobs.

Having run her own small business for 20 years Anthea, who joined the Parliament in December as MEP for the West Midlands, has a wealth of experience in management consultancy.

She aims to roll back damaging social legislation and argues: "Most decisions on employment law are best left to national governments. I want to protect the right of British workers to opt out of restrictive regulations such as the Working Time Directive.

She said: "I know about the challenges and opportunities of running a small business and I recognise that, given the right backing and freedom from red tape, they can be the real engine room of a growing economy.

"Too often entrepreneurs, would-be wealth-creators, and jobseekers feel that Brussels is working against them. As the lead Conservative voice on the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, I shall be urging fellow MEPs to think growth instead of restriction, to promote enterprise ahead of bureaucracy, to back opportunity over regulation.

"That is what I came into politics to do. That is why I am a Conservative"

Miss McIntyre was congratulated by the leader of Britain's Conservative MEPs, Martin Callanan, who said: "I know that Anthea's passion for driving enterprises forward, combined with her grasp of the fine detail of business practice, will make her a formidable operator in this role."

MEP Anthea becomes FSB Ambassador


Local MEP Anthea McIntyre has wasted no time in starting to help local entrepreneurs.

She has agreed to become an Ambassador for the Federation of Small Businesses ‘Real Life Entrepreneur Campaign’.

In this role she will actively promote the benefits of free enterprise and entrepreneurship – causes that she understands very well having run a very successful management consultancy for 20 years before she became an MEP in December.

Miss McIntyre said, "I am delighted to take on this role and look forward to helping both new and established businesses.I am convinced that the way to reduce unemployment is to incentivise local employers to take people on. I’m so pleased that the FSB has launched this campaign; as a small business owner myself I know that employing others is a major factor in our economic recovery."

This superb FSB campaign recognises that setting up and running a business can be a daunting prospect, and it is a lot of hard work. But it is also one of the most rewarding things that you can do and can be one of the most positive changes someone can make for themselves and the community they live in.

In a society dominated by celebrity culture, celebrity entrepreneurs have emerged as inspirational figures. But we believe that anyone who has a good idea and takes a risk to put it into practice and grow a business is an entrepreneur. The vast majority will never be celebrities, but they still enrich the lives of themselves and those around them.

These are the people that we should all champion – the Real Life Entrepreneurs.”