A constituent from Hebden Bridge has written to Andrew Brons MEP expressing her disquiet over the possibility of Tony Blair becoming the next 'President of Europe'.
"I am unhappy at the suggestion made by Glenys Kinnock that Tony Blair would be a suitable candidate for the Presidency of Europe, should that position materialise.
"Tony Blair defied the European Union and allied himself to George Bush, leading Britain into an illegal and immoral war.
"He deceived the British Parliament and his actions have led to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqis.
"Under his watch, Britain abandoned its high principles and condoned acts of torture and he has been ineffectual in his role in the 'Peace Ambassador' in the Middle East.
"His only resounding success has been in the field of self-aggrandisement.
"Tony Blair is unfit to represent the people of Europe, commanding little respect outside the Westminster village and the ivory towers inhabited by the likes of the Neil and Glenys Kinnock.
"I have no means of communicating with Mrs Kinnock so would you be kind enough to in some way represent my objections to her suggestion to her.
Chris Beverley, PA and Constituency Manager for Andrew, responded to the lady concerned.
"Andrew wholeheartedly agrees with you that Tony Blair is entirely unsuitable for the post of 'President of Europe'.
"In fact he said he would go further and propose that he is not fit for any kind of authority whatsoever following his disastrous spell as Prime Minister, and in particular his decision to send young British servicemen and women to their deaths in an entirely unjustifiable war.
"Andrew will make your views known to Mrs Kinnock at the earliest opportunity."
Andrew Brons MEP attended the official homecoming parade of the Yorkshire Regiment in Leeds City Centre. He was there as the guest of Leeds councillor Chris Beverley.
Andrew and Chris were on the Civic Hall steps with the Senior Officer as the Yorkshire Regiment marched onto Millennium Square and were later invited to join the Lord Mayor and the Senior Officer in the West Room for light refreshments.
After the parade they enjoyed a buffet lunch in the Banquet Hall.
The Yorkshire Regiment was formed on 6th June 2006 to represent the historic County of Yorkshire which has 300 years of warrior tradition forged by common values, history and home.
The ethos of the Yorkshire Regiment reflects a sense of belonging to Yorkshire and the common Yorkshire values of honesty, fairness, true grit and pride.
The Regiment is a strong, inclusive and meritocratic family that draws from the best military traditions of the forebear regiments and its Cap Badge represents this. It is a combination of parts of the cap badges of those regiments.
The white rose of York from The Prince of Wales's Own Regiment of Yorkshire, the Lion Rampant from The Duke of Wellington's Regiment
and the Brunswick green backing from The Green Howards.
Its soldiers have won 38 Victoria Crosses and 280 Battle Honours, the first in Namur in 1695, and the most recent in Iraq in 2003.
This weekend is National Greyhound Remembrance Weekend. It's when the public are asked to remember dogs who have lost their lives within the greyhound racing industry.
The RSPCA believes that as many 20 greyhounds a day, either puppies which do not make it to the track or ëretiredí dogs are put down because of the nature of the industry and the expense of their upkeep.
A constituent from Hull has written to Andrew Brons MEP asking him to support the Dogs Trust in its campaign for stronger measures to protect greyhounds.
Following the passing of the Animal Welfare Act in 2006 two investigations into the welfare of racing greyhounds were undertaken.
In response to the findings of these investigations the Government said it was committed to introducing regulations to address the welfare problems associated with Greyhound racing.
The Dogs Trust believes the proposed regulations do not go far enough and focus too much on the Greyhounds whilst at the track and not the welfare of the dogs when they are in their kennels where they spend around 90% of their time, or when their racing career is over.
Responding to the letter, Chris Beverley, the Constituency manager for Yorkshire & the Humber region, wrote:
"We in the British National Party, and Andrew Brons MEP in particular, have animal welfare very high on our agenda and we agree that this is a very important issue.
"We have contacted the Dogs Trust directly to confirm our support in principle and we will be investigating the issue ourselves to see what practical steps we can take at European Parliamentary level to improve animal welfare in general and the welfare of greyhounds in particular."
The use of Sodium Chlorate by home-grown Islamic extremists in making bombs for terrorist attacks has had unfortunate repercussions for British business.
For many years Sodium Chlorate has been successfully used as a weedkiller but now, because of its misuse by this fanatical minority, it has been banned.
A West Yorkshire company that restores driveways and patios to their former glory, periodically uses Sodium Chlorate as a treatment for weeds, but now it has had to stop after an EU ruling banning its manufacture, sale and storage throughout the entire European Union.
In a letter to Andrew Brons MEP, the company's managing director asked if there is anything can be done to reverse the ruling.
"Sodium Chlorate is a super product and very cheap. All the alternatives are very expensive and our firm is having to pay the price because wouldbe terrorists are using it for their bomb-making.
"How many people in the supply chain for Sodium Chlorate have these imbeciles put out of a job?" he asks.
Chris Beverley, the Constituency Office Manager for Yorkshire and the Humber, has contacted our researcher in the European Parliament and our in-house civil servant for clarification on the non-inclusion Decision, 2008/865/EC, for Sodium Chlorate which was published on 10 November 2008.
"The UK has 14 professional products and 41 amateur products containing sodium chlorate which must now be withdrawn from the market and comply with the EC Decision. The last date when both professional and amateur plant protection products containing sodium chlorate can be used is May 2010.
"Hopefully Andrew will be able to raise this issue in Brussels and ask why the misuse of this product by a minority is allowed to have such wide-ranging implications on the law-abiding majority."
Andrew Brons has been contacted by a fuel service company asking him to investigate whether it is possible persuade the European Parliament to postpone an Energy Using Products (EuP) Directive which will prohibit oil fired cooking and heating from 2013.
The company is hoping that Andrew can lobby for a delay on the legislation until 2018 by which time the 1.1 million homes still heated by oil and not served with gas will have found an alternative energy supply.
Andrew told the director of the company:
"I am sympathetic to your request and will ask one of our researchers for a briefing on this matter. In the meanwhile, I shall contact our administrator at the European Parliament to find out when the legislation is due."
Andrew Brons has received a letter of congratulation on his election to the European Parliament from the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat in Sheffield, Mr Mohsin Abbas Rizwi.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community seeks to rejuvenate Islamic moral and spiritual values, advocating peace, tolerance, love and understanding among followers of different faiths. It strongly rejects violence and terrorism in any form and for any reason.
Ahmadis first arrived in the 'Steel City' in the 1960's and an official Ahmadi community was established in 1985.
According to Mr Rizwi the local society has developed excellent relations with the community at large and the new Bait-u-Afiyyat mosque, which was opened last year, was built on the site of a public house called 'The North Pole'.
Andrew wrote in his letter of reply:
"Thank you very much for your letter of 1st July and your congratulations.
"If you or your fellow members would like to bring any concerns to my attention, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Although Andrew Brons does not officially take office as a MEP for the Yorkshire region until 17th July, he has already helped one of his constituents.
A mother and her son were facing eviction from their North Yorkshire council home because of rent arrears accrued after a period of domestic upheaval which led to an imbalance in the payment of her child support benefit. The lady was also being treated for depression because of her relationship break-up and this led to her being distracted from dealing with her growing financial difficulties.
She contacted her MP but received no assistance, so she asked Andrew Brons for help in keeping her home and regularising her child support payments.
Andrew wrote to the ladyís borough councillor and set out the background to the case. He finished his letter:
"I do not wish to intrude into matters that are not my concern. I am quite content for you to deal with the matter as her elected representative on the appropriate authority. However, I am not prepared to see her evicted without receiving any support."
The MEP also contacted the Child Support Agency and told them:
"My constituent makes child support payments to her former partner for the upkeep of her daughter and this is deducted from her income, yet she receives no payment from the father of her son for his upkeep. This imbalance has resulted in the lady concerned not having enough to live on, which led to her rent arrears and now imminent eviction."
Andrew's intervention got a result within days. The eviction notice was lifted and the Child Support Agency adjusted its payments accordingly.
"I am delighted to have been able to help," said Andrew. "I think this shows that an MEP can have some influence and authority in matters that are not essentially their remit."
"I'm here to help my constituents and I shall leave no stone unturned when looking after their interests."
Andrew Brons and two of his team had their first meeting in Harrogate yesterday to start planning for the next five years of representing the people of the Yorkshire & North East Lincolnshire Euro-Constituency.
Chris Beverley, Andrew's Constituency Office Manager and Martin Wingfield, his website editor, discussed the strategy for setting-up offices and staffing them and for establishing a network of case workers across the region.
On hand throughout the morning via an email link was a civil servant at the European Parliament to advise on procedures and requirements.
Offices were discussed with locations in the north, centre and south of the constituency, with the one in the centre being the main office.
Case worker training and incentives for those involved was noted as a priority as these representatives within community would be the future candidates for local council elections.
Friday 17th July is the day that Andrew takes his seat and the day that his office can actually start to function, so the next two weeks will be spent trying to get everything into place by then.