European Manifesto launched

Leader of the Party, Michael Howard, has launched the Conservatives' European Manifesto, Putting Britain First. It outlines the Conservative agenda for a modern European Union, which is more flexible, less bureaucratic and less obsessed with regulation.

Among the Conservative proposals are:

Referenda on future Treaties which transfer significant powers away from Westminster: Politicians should never forget that they govern on behalf of the people. Individual parliaments, and the politicians elected to serve in them, do not own Britain's liberties. They are there to safeguard them. And they should not diminish those liberties without an explicit mandate from the British people.

The European Parliament should have the power of repeal: The Conservative Party wants to give the European Parliament the ability to dismantle unnecessary laws by giving them the power to repeal regulations and directives. We also want to achieve a 25% cut in EU regulation and we will push for ‘sunset clauses' to be included in all new regulations so that they automatically expire after a set period of time.

Allowing greater flexibility: The enlargement of the EU requires a fresh approach and more flexibility to ensure Europe's institutions work effectively. Countries should be free to work together when they want to - but they shouldn't be forced to give up power to Europe if they don't want to. That is our positive Conservative vision for a 21st century Europe. It's right for Europe and it will help us to put Britain first.

Elections for the European Parliament take place on June 10th on a list voting system.  Each elector has one vote for the party of their choice, and the nine seats for the London region are allocated to parties on a proportional basis.

The Conservative list for the London region is:

1. Theresa Villiers MEP
2. John Bowis OBE MEP
3. Dr Charles Tannock MEP
4. Syed Kamall
5. Richard Balfe MEP
6. Ian Twinn MEP
7. Roseanne Serrelli
8. Leign Mendelsohn
9. Ashok Kumar

and details about these candidates can be found in the people section here: