Jesse Norman: The ECJ, the EU Charter, the British Bill of Rights and the future of our liberties

This is the transcript of a speech delivered by Jesse at the Social Market Foundation on 16 May 2016.

My talk this evening is entitled “The EU Court of Justice and the EU Charter: an independent view”. Let me open with a few words of introduction and explanation.

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Hereford Times Column: The Five President’s Report

Since my last column, I have chaired the first of my four public meetings on the EU referendum.  It was a cracker, with around 300 local people at the Three Counties Hotel and lots of thought-provoking questions put to In and Out campaigners.

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Ross Gazette Column: The EU and Security

Much of the debate over Britain’s EU membership has so far focused on economics.  But what about our security?

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Jesse Norman MP for #Shakespeare400

To mark the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, we asked several MPs to recite key speeches from his plays. In the first of the series, Jesse Norman MP reads Prospero from The Tempest Act IV Scene I. 


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Hereford Times Column: EU Referendum and Business

What would the economic impact be of Britain leaving the EU?  Few questions are more fiercely contested in the current referendum debate.  No sooner does one side put up a statistic than the other shoots it down and puts up one of its own.

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Jesse highlights the plight of Herefordshire farmers at Prime Minister’s Questions

Jesse Norman at PMQsLocal MP Jesse Norman brought the plight of many local farmers directly to the Prime Minister’s attention in the House of Commons today.

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Channel 4 News

Channel 4 News, talking with Yanis Varoufakis about Tax Evasion, Crony Capitalism and Brexit.


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Hereford Times Column: The EU and the Agricultural Economy

Truly a week is a long time in politics, as they say.  But amid all the political hoo-ha, it is easy to forget that last week’s Budget had several announcements from which Herefordians can take cheer.

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Hereford Times Column: Referendums vs. General Elections

People sometimes forget that referendums are very different from general elections.

In referendums there are no MPs, no political parties and no Prime Ministers (indirectly) to vote for.  Their impact runs, not for five years, but for at least a generation.  A bad decision cannot be improved only a few years later by voting the other way.

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Hereford Times Column: EU Referendum

As a rule the policy of this column has been to focus on local issues.

On the nitty-gritty of potholes, school funding and better public services in our gorgeous county.  Not for it the commentator’s curse of lush and airy speculation about national or international events.

And certainly not, ahem, politics.

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