East Midlands MEP food tour visits Bakewell

East Midlands MEP visited Bakewell today (20th December) to tour the Thornbridge Brewery and the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop. The visits were part of Rupert’s campaign to promote and protect local food and drink products in the East Midlands.

East Midlands MEP visits Derby-based Bombardier

East Midlands MEP Rupert Matthews visited Derby-based train manufacturer Bombardier Transportation (BT) this week to take a behind the scenes look round their production line. BT is the only company present in the UK that designs, builds, tests and maintains trains – including for export.

East Midlands MEP helps to skewer plans to ban doner kebabs

Moves which could have threatened one of Europe's favourite fast foods have been defeated in the European Parliament today (13th December) with the help of Conservative MEPs including East Midlands MEP, Rupert Matthews.

Statement on European City of Culture decision

I am extremely angry that the European Commission has taken the unfair and unjustified decision to exclude UK cities including Nottingham from bidding to become the European City of Culture in 2023.

Forging new links across Northern Europe

On 22 November Rupert Matthews MEP met with MPs from Norway, Iceland, Greenland, Russia and several EU countries around the Baltic when he attended the Fifth Northern Dimension Parliamentary Forum as a full participating member.

Anti-Microbial Resistance Exhibition

Today Rupert Matthews MEP attended an exhibition at the European Parliament highlighting the dangers to health of Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR). The ability of microbes to resist antibiotics is of increasing concern to doctors and researchers.

Building Friendship Links to Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Lichtenstein

On 15 and 16 November Rupert Matthews MEP attended the meeting of the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee. This Committee is made up of MEPs plus MPs from the EEA countries of Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein, with Swiss MPs attending as observers.

Rupert marks World Diabetes Day in the European Parliament

Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, Rupert Mathews was tested for diabetes today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The International Diabetes Federation were testing MEPs as part of World Diabetes Day which is being marked around the world today.

Rupert collects money for Poppy Appeal at European Parliament

This week Rupert Matthews MEP has been collecting money for the Royal British Legion's Poppy Fund at his office in the European Parliament in Brussels. Rupert says "I have had the collecting tin on my desk since I arrived in Brussels.