Damian Collins

Fifa's Whitewash Report Won't Convince Anyone

Damian Collins | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Allegations have been made of millions of dollars of improper payments to Fifa officials who were involved in the process of voting for the winning bids. We are no closer today to knowing whether or not these allegations are true or false. Fifa has investigated itself and not surprisingly found itself to be not guilty.

We Must Listen to the Protest and Be Honest in Our Response

Damian Collins | Posted 26.07.2014 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The challenge following the European elections is about more than structural reforms and economic confidence, important though they are. It is also a challenge about the kind of society we want to build for our children...

Vote Ukip, Get Ukip: Vote Ukip to Stop Miliband

Janice Atkinson | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK Politics
Janice Atkinson

In Kent, we are now the official opposition with seventeen county councillors, with our strong areas being South Thanet, Folkestone & Hythe, North Thanet, Dover & Deal and Sittingbourne & Sheppey. We will be fielding strong candidates in each seat, one of which will be Nigel Farage.

Ed Makes His Pitch to 'Allegro Man'

Damian Collins | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

Ed Miliband's pitch was not to Mondeo man, but to 'Allegro man', inspired by the Austin Allegro car that did so much to cement the decline and fall of the British motor industry in the 1970s. He wants to create an aspirational one nation society through more government taxes, state control and regulation. It is an approach that has always failed in the past and will fail again now.

The Commons Vote on Syria Is a Tragedy

Damian Collins | Posted 30.10.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

The vote in the recalled House of Commons on Syria will not stop the brutal regime in that country murdering its own people; it will encourage them to press on. The vote will not silence the screams of Assad's victims, like those targeted in the recent napalm style attack near a school at Urum al Kubra, close to Aleppo...

Is France Finished?

Damian Collins | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

On Sunday, the English cyclist Chris Froome swept down the Champs-Élysées to win the 100th Tour de France. He is only the second ever Englishman to carry off the famous yellow jersey, following Bradley Wiggins' triumph last year. But as Froome's fans shout 'allez!' the youth of France are more likely to be crying to each other 'barrez'; which roughly translates as 'scram', 'beat it', 'get out of here'... An open letter published in Le Point magazine by a Sorbonne student called 'Clare G' claimed that half of 18 to 34-year-olds would leave France.

Lord Ashcroft Warns Tories Pitching Into 'Spiral Of Irrelevance'

PA/The Huffington Post | Posted 20.05.2013 | UK Politics

Major Conservative donor and former party treasurer Lord Ashcroft warned that the rows over Europe, gay marriage and "loongate" risk pitching the Tori...

Freedom Cuts Both Ways in the Gay Marriage Debate

Damian Collins | Posted 19.07.2013 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

I believe that everyone should be equal in the eyes of the law, and that the lifelong commitment people make to each other when they make their marriage vows means something profound to them, and benefits society as a whole. I believe that these vows have great significance to the couples taking them regardless of their sex or sexuality.

Putting the Record Straight on Youth Employment

Damian Collins | Posted 20.11.2012 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

It was alleged on Wednesday morning by the London Metro newspaper that I told an audience of young people in a debate at Channel 4's offices that they should busk to raise money to use public transport, leave school at 16 and work for less than the minimum wage. No direct quotations can be found attributing these remarks to me. That is because I said none of these things.

Tory MP Claims Unemployed Should Busk For Train Fare

The Huffington Post UK | Charlie Lindlar | Posted 20.09.2012 | UK Politics

A Tory MP has been told to apologise after he claimed that many unemployed young people lack the "motivation" and practical skills to get a job, and s...

Culture Committee 'Missed Open Goal', Says Tory Member

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 02.05.2012 | UK Politics

The decision by the Commons culture media and sport committee to brand Rupert Murdoch "not fit" to run a international company has let the media mogul...

The Budget's 21st Century Industrial ambition

Damian Collins | Posted 21.05.2012 | UK Politics
Damian Collins

We should have an ambition for a Silicon Valley in Britain based around and extending out of Tech City. The support of the government for this has helped to persuade companies like Google to invest in creative and digital infrastructure in the UK, rather than in other European countries.

John Terry Faces Calls To Step Down As England Captain

Posted 02.02.2012 | UK

John Terry is facing calls to step down from the captaincy of the England football team until accusations that he racially abused QPR defender Anton F...