General Affairs Council

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 31st March 2009.

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Photo of Caroline Flint Caroline Flint Minister of State (Europe) 2:30 pm, 31st March 2009

We can be proud that the UK Government have more friends and allies in Europe in 2009 than we inherited in 1997. What is important is that we can come together across Europe, at this crucial time for our citizens, to focus on the issues that matter—rather than on internal institutional navel-gazing, which the Conservative party likes to do. The Conservatives' decision to remove themselves from their alliance with the European People's party is a bad one; it is bad for politics and it is bad for—

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