West Midlands MEP Anthea McIntyre today welcomed the unveiling of a groundbreaking hydrogen-powered railway train which has been developed in her region.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative spokesman on employment in the European Parliament, hailed the launch as "a key pointer to our greener future".
She spoke as the train, called the Hydrogen Hero, was unveiled by Birmingham University's Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE).
The UK’s first fully operating hydrogen train was on show at Rail Live 2019 at Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire, an annual event showcasing UK rail expertise.
Miss McIntyre said: "Hydrogen fuel cell technology means that potentially carbon-free trains can replace diesel on our lines without electrification.
"It creates electricity from oxygen in the air and the only by-product is water.
"The train on show was a scaled down version but I understand the design is ready right now to develop for full-size, full-scale production."
"This is a key pointer to how our transport can be cleaner and greener...and I am so proud that it has been developed and showcased right here in the West Midlands. This is a place where cutting edge science works alongside manufacturing know-how and that is a powerful combination."
"The UK employment dynamo continues to generate jobs and grow wages," said Anthea McIntyre MEP.
The West Midlands MEP, who is Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, was greeting independent jobs figures which showed the unemployment rate continuing to run at the lowest since 1974 and wages growing faster than inflation for the 15th month in a row.
She said: "Average weekly earnings are up 3.4 per cent from a year ago and more women are in work than ever before. Youth unemployment has halved since 2010 nearly a million more disabled people are in work since 2014.
"However desperately some may try to find negatives, the truth is this Government has created a jobs revolution whose benefits are reaching all corners of society. it means more people experiencing the dignity of work and more money in their pockets."
The work of a regional anti hate-crime campaign launched by MEPs must not be lost when Britain leaves the European Union, a prominent multi-faith gathering heard.
West Midlands Together had quickly established a track record for championing an open and tolerant society and promoting harmony and understanding, said founder Anthea McIntyre MEP.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, told the interfaith service at the Al-Mahdi Institute, Weoly Park Road, Birmingham, that the region had a proud record of welcoming people from across the world.
They had settled here and contributed greatly to our society, she said: "But in the aftermath of the EU referendum we saw a substantial increase in reported hate crime. And this exposed an undercurrent of xenophobia and racism in parts of our society, which I felt had to be tackled."
Miss McIntyre told how she invited Labour MEP colleague Neena Gill in November 2016 to co-chair West Midlands Together, with senior Liberal Democrats also joining the steering committee in a fully cross-party initiative.
It brought together representatives of the mainstream political parties, BAME communities, Police and Crime Commissioners, local government, universities, and the West Midlands Mayor.
She said: "We are here to advance an open, tolerant and inclusive society...and to propose practical solutions to better ensure lasting harmony between people, irrespective of their geographic background or cultural tradition."
The interfaith service was titled "Creating a City of Peace Together" and commemorated the victims of recent attacks on religious services in New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
Miss McIntyre counted a series of conferences and awareness-raising events among the campaign's achievements and said: "Our youth conference in Birmingham was a particular success. Sixth forms and colleges across the region were invited to take part and produced artwork, poetry, songs, posters and videos. Very inspiring presentations resulted and we hope to hold another conference this year.
"The challenge now is to keep this initiative going after Brexit when we no longer have MEPs and their offices to provide administrative support."
She said it was vital that political parties should continue to unite against all hate crime to bring the West Midlands Together, and she stressed: "I am determined we will keep it going for as long as there is a need."
Campaigning MEP Anthea McIntyre has been honoured by the European Taxpayers' Association for her outstanding work in standing up for small business.
Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, received the award for her work on the European Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee, where she is co-ordinator for the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.
Her work there has included a series of reports and initiatives promoting better regulation and highlighting the damage done to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) by burdensome red tape.
Earlier this year she presented the EU Commission a report on how an annual burden survey should be applied to gauge the impact of legislation on business. In coming weeks she will publish a report promoting nudge theory, which explores how better information and persuasion can work better than hitting business with legislation and compulsion.
Mis McIntyre said: "I am delighted to have been awarded this certificate of honour from an organisation which wants only the best for taxpayers."
"SMEs are the life blood of our economy. When they do well, business as a while does well. They are the green shoots of our prosperity and we must nurture them. They need the space and freedom to grow - not strangling by over-regulation. his had been my goal throughout my time in Brussels."
The European Parliament’s PEST Committee reached the wrong conclusions and disregarded key evidence, a new report concludes.
Anthea McIntyre MEP, the European Conservatives and Reformists Group co-ordinator on the temporary committee, has produced an alternative report assessing the evidence put before members and suggesting different recommendations.
Launching “The European Union’s Authorisation Procedure for Pesticides: A Science-Based Approach”, she said she wanted to set the record straight and offer balance to the committee’s proposals for the future of pesticides regulation.
Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands and Conservative spokesman on agriculture, had tabled a raft of amendments to the original PEST report when it went before the parliament, but they were unsuccessful.
PEST chairman Eric Andrieu subsequently launched a personal attack on Miss McIntyre at a press conference.
Miss McIntyre said: “This report is about promoting better regulation, not settling scores.
"Despite hearing from a range of experts and authorities, the report was prepared in a very selective manner, with many of these experts’ contributions being completely disregarded. The report was extremely disappointing and reflected poorly on the work of European Parliament."
And the McIntyre report concludes: "Regrettably...rather than offer a balanced, thoughtful reflection on the legislative framework the (PEST) report purposefully vilifies those involved, from EFSA (the European Food Safety Agency) to national competent authorities, and underplays (their) effectiveness..."
Miss Mcintyre told the launch: "Our current system isn’t perfect and can be improved. The EU can act to improve transparency, something the Commission has already done with its legislative proposal to revise the General Food Law. We should encourage innovation - new farming techniques can reduce the need for pesticides. We should support scientific development - new active substances can make older, more persistent chemistry, obsolete.
"The Commission, EU regulatory agencies, Member State authorities and Greenpeace, who all gave evidence to the PEST Committee, said it was not flaws in the legislation that needed to be addressed, but improvements in its implementation. This report should have struck a balance and reflected the breadth of expert testimony it heard.
"I want the voice of rational, science-based reasoning to be heard and to support farmers who are the ones that will inevitably bear the brunt of further burdensome regulation.
“So this report presents the evidence which was given to the PEST Committee by a variety of experts, which was not properly recognised in the official report, or was simply ignored.”
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