28 Oct 2015: Conservatives vote to stop taxpayer-funded subsidy for Spanish bullfighting

As part of today's vote on the EU's budget for 2016, Conservative MEPs have voted in favour of an amendment to end taxpayer subsidies for Spanish bullfighting. The amendment, which has cross-party support, aims to stop EU funds being released from the Common Agricultural Policy for the controversial blood sport. British Conservative MEP Jacqueline Foster, the Vice-President of the Parliamentary Intergroup on Animal Welfare commented: "The torture of animals for entertainment purposes is a barbaric practice." 

21 Oct 2015: The EU must take more robust action to tackle international wildlife crime

21 Oct: The EU must take more robust action to tackle international wildlife crime, the Deputy Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has said. The North West MEP has chaired a major seminar to discuss the EU's accession to CITES - the international convention on trade in endangered species.

16 Oct 2015: Foster warns against over-regulation in major speech on aeronautics industries

Deputy leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster, has used a major speech in Brussels this week to warn of the dangers of over-regulation by the EU in the aeronautics sector. She spoke at a conference which brought together, at the highest level, major leaders of industry and agencies, to discuss the future of the European aeronautics sector in the framework of EU policies, in particular transport and the EU's ambitious strategy for investment and growth. 

9 Sept: Conservative Transport Spokesman wins support over Gibraltar vote

Jacqueline Foster and the Conservative MEPs have won the backing of fellow parliamentarians for deleting a needless reference to Gibraltar in a report on EU transport policy. A section of the report on the implementation of the Commission's 2011 White Paper on transport called for the EU's Council of Ministers to "resolve the UK-Spain dispute over Gibraltar, which is currently impeding numerous legislative files". However in Strasbourg today, MEPs voted to delete this statement. 

Conservatives win the 2015 General Election

Conservatives have won the United Kingdom's 2015 General Election - as Labour and UKIP failed to make the predicted gains while the Liberal Democrats were all but wiped out.  In the North West, Conservatives gained Bolton West, Cheadle and Hazel Grove but lost Chester, Lancaster & Fleetwood and Wirral West.

No megatrucks on UK roads after Conservatives secure exemption

There will be no 'mega-trucks' on Britain's roads thanks to decisive action by the Conservative Transport Spokesman in the European Parliament, Jacqueline Foster MEP.

The European Commission had wanted to harmonise the rules over the size of trucks across the EU, which had the potential to see 80-foot long trucks appearing on UK roads, weighing up to 60 tonnes.