Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Atkins MEP (North West) has moved up in the pecking order of the British Conservative Delegation by being appointed the Conservative Spokesman on the prestigious and influential Trade and Industry Committee of the European Parliament. Jonathan Evans MEP, the newly-elected Leader of the 36-strong European Conservative Group has asked Sir Robert to lead the Party's team in this vital area of policy.

"As a former Industry Minister, in Great Britain and in Northern Ireland, I am delighted to be back" commented the current Tory Transport Spokesman. "The European Parliament considers the Trade and Industry Committee to be one of its most powerful and important and it is essential that British interests are developed and protected."

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