Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament
Syed Kamall is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for London, the city in which he was born. In Brussels he is a member of the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee which sets the regulatory framework for one of London's most important industries, financial services. He also sits on the International Trade committee.
Syed is co-chairman of the European Parliament's Friends of Sports Cross Party group. He sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice working to identify community based projects at the forefront of tackling poverty for the CSJ alliance. He served on the Conservative Party's Globalisation & Global Poverty working group. Syed is a Visiting Fellow at Leeds University Business School where he has lectured MBA students in international business strategy, foreign investment and international trade as well as supervising doctoral students’ research. He has written a number of articles on the international strategies of firms and foreign investment and is the author of a book on EU telecommunications policy. He is a co-founder of the Brussels Network which brings together think tanks, politicians, political advisors and industry once a month to discuss market-oriented solutions to the important political issues of the day.
He blogs and speaks regularly in London on economic and political affairs. Before entering the European Parliament in 2005, he worked as a consultant to companies on marketing, strategy and public affairs, as well as running a recruitment business.
Such vile crimes have no place in modern society and it is not something that women or men from any culture or background should have to tolerate. And we need to change the language. The word "honour" has no place in the debate. None at all.
Some argue this indicates that Muslims cannot live alongside Western values and culture, that the two are fundamentally irreconcilable. But there is nothing in Islam to support such a view, indeed the Quran states that people are free to believe whatever they wish and makes clear that Muslims can fully observe Islam without living in a theocracy.
Supporting apprentices is increasingly being seen as an important part of strengthening the labour market as a whole with apprenticeships expected to contribute a staggering £3.4 billion to the UK economy by 2022.
With the EU lagging behind countries such as South Korea and Japan on measures of connectivity, it is time to act. Even in undisputed global hubs, such as my own home-city of London, there are spots where it is impossible to get a decent mobile signal.
Don't expect Muslim to explain what happened in Brussels any better than non-Muslims; but that does not mean that Muslims can wash our hands of trying to find solutions to stop people from misusing our God to cause carnage.
The other day I went for a kick-about with some teenagers. Nothing special about that, you may think. Except that I was exchanging tackles and passes with youngsters who, but for football, might well have let their lives take a very different track. Dangerously different...
Crossrail was finally delivered mainly by Londoners for Londoners, with a democratically accountable Mayor at the helm and over 60% of its £14.8bn funding coming directly from Londoners and London's businesses. After Crossrail, it is clear that London's entrepreneurial citizens need to keep the initiative.
British trade unions and anti-business NGOs campaigning against TTIP should have the courage of their convictions to admit that they are opposed to open trade and investment, rather than peddling myths about ISDS and TTIP.
Expressing and debating differences of opinion is a welcome part of any healthy democracy. However, it can be hugely frustrating when opponents of a piece of legislation or negotiated agreement manufacture myths in an attempt to stifle debate.
We have planted a flag in Brussels which will be a rallying point for others who favour reform and renegotiation in Europe, including those MEPs currently in different political groups in the parliament. Anyone who believes Europe has lost its way and has to change, will know that they will never lack friendship or support from the ECR.
A weeks ago, the <em>Huffington Post</em> ran an article making a lot of assertions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, a deal currently being negotiated between the US and the EU that could boost both economies significantly. As a member of the European Parliament's International Trade Committee, I have been observing the negotiations firsthand for the past year or so, and would like to respond to the many alarmist points made that do not reflect reality.
As the son of immigrants, I grew up living in a community in North London alongside people from numerous different backgrounds and cultures. I know how much immigrants can contribute to British society and we should welcome those who work hard and make a contribution. However, we have to take seriously, and address, public anxiety over the potential scale and effect of immigration from Eastern European countries.
So the headline rate of inflation has finally hit its target, for the first time in over four years. But let us not get too carried away in jubilation. We know from the past four years just how stubborn it can be.
Most of us like the idea of a Single European Market. For some it is the best reason and, for others, the only reason for the UK to remain a member of the European Union. But in recent years we have ended up with reams of legislation, introduced in the name of the Single Market, but which run totally counter to the purpose of British membership...
The biggest challenge facing most European governments is how to put their countries' finances back on an even keel. In Britain, so much of our government budget goes on welfare that clawing the country out of debt will inevitably involve cutting back more of the welfare state while continuing to protect those most in need.
You can be sure that most of my colleagues in the European Parliament do not embrace the concept of the free market. Day after day, I hear them speaking up for state intervention or attempting to regulate away risk. However, there is one area where there is a genuine coalition of interests and that is the need for banking reform.
09/09/2013 13:38 BST
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