14th February 2002




Students at the University of Lincoln will get to meet one of their MEPs this afternoon (Thursday).


Chris Heaton-Harris is a Conservative member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands, representing Lincolnshire and surrounding counties.  He will be giving students inside information on European Union budgets.


“This is an extremely important issue today,” said Professor Ian Barnes, Jean Monnet Professor of European Economic Integration at the university. “If the budget of the European Union is misused it is a major problem as it affects the credibility of the union itself.”


Students of Tourism, Politics and International Relations will be attending the talk in the Jackson Lecture Theatre at 5pm today. 


“Budget is a critical part of what the students study on their European Union module,” said Prof Barnes. “The talk will give them a professional view and is an excellent opportunity for students to meet a practitioner and gain an insight into what happens in Europe.”


Mr Heaton-Harris sits on the European Parliament Committee for Budgetary Control.  He is the spokesman for the Conservative group in the European Parliament on this subject, with the aim to cut EU spending on unnecessary areas.  He was recently promoted to become Chief Whip of the Conservative group.


He sees the promotion of the East Midlands as the key to being a successful MEP and aims to visit each of the 44 Westminster constituencies that he represents at least once a year.


The visit was organised by Martin Vickers, a part-time Politics student and a Conservative councillor on North-East Lincolnshire Council.



For more information contact: Anna Godley, Press Assistant

University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042

Email: agodley@lincoln.ac.uk


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