Plaid Cymru Euro-MPs have condemned today's Tory/Labour stitch up to
secure the Presidency of the European Parliament as 'grubby and thoroughly
unprincipled'. Euro-MPs meeting in Strasbourg elected Spanish Socialist
Josep Borrell as the new President of the 732 member parliament following
a deal between the Socialist and Conservative groups of MEPs.
European Leader, Ian Hudghton
stitch up - which involved UK Tory and Labour MEPs - is a grubby and
thoroughly unprincipled attempt to secure positions of influence behind
closed doors rather than through proper, open democratic debate. This kind
of deal gives the impression of an institution where decisions are made by
a small cabal in smoke filled rooms, with democracy sacrificed by those
who crave power and influence.
appalled, though not surprised, that Labour and the Tories clubbed
together in this shady deal - it demonstrates that they clearly have no
qualms in working together to secure the election of their chosen
candidates to senior posts. It's a shameful way to do business that brings
this institution into disrepute and I condemn their behaviour
Cymru Deputy Leader Jill Evans
behaviour by Labour and the Tories in stitching up this senior European
post is nothing short of a disgrace. I condemn their hypocrisy on the
matter. How many times have we heard both parties stressing the importance
of openness and transparency?
actions today prove once and for all that their first loyalty is to
serving their own interests - those Labour and Tory MEPs who joined
together in this outrageous stitch up should be thoroughly ashamed of
The deal between the two groups apparently involves an understanding that
having backed a socialist candidate for the first half of this
parliamentary term, a candidate from the Conservative group will be
favoured for the presidency in the latter half of the term.