Prior to a YUSU European Election Debate, the Tories arranged a talk with Timothy Kirkhope MEP.

Timothy has been the Conservative representative for Yorkshire and the Humber since 1999, he is the current Deputy Chairman for the European Conservatives and Reformists, Co-ordinator and Conservative Spokesman for Justice and Home Affairs, Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Organised Crime, and Member of the Culture and Education Committee in the European Parliament. His previous posts include two stints as Leader of the Conservative Party in the European Parliament and MP for Leeds North East from 1987-97, serving as a senior whip and later Minister for Immigration.

Timothy talked to us about campaigning, the workings of the European Parliament, its elections and the importance of not having Britain represented by UKIP who, he said, hardly ever took part in the Parliament’s debates or its committees. Timothy then went on to represent the Conservative party in the YUSU debate.

Hugo Graham