Robert Sturdy

Conservative MEP – UK Eastern Region.

Robert and the Region

Cambridgeshire, 16th July 2012 – Visit to LCG Sports Science Laboratory

LGC Group was delighted to welcome Robert Sturdy, MEP for the East of England, to its HFL Sport Science (HFL) laboratory in Fordham last Friday.

Mr Sturdy’s visit to LGC and HFL came at a particularly exciting time, as they prepare for their role testing the horses competing in each of the equestrian events at theLondonOlympic and Paralympic Games.

The two-hour tour gave the Conservative MEP an opportunity to see the state-of–the-art equipment that will screen for around 2,000 different prohibited substances in each urine or blood sample taken from the competing animals. In a question-and-answer session with the lab managers, Mr Sturdy also learned the details of LGC and HFL’s world-recognised drug screening expertise and experience and how it will meet all analysis requirements and deadlines in what promises to be a very exciting few weeks.

On visiting the laboratory, Mr. Sturdy commented:

“It was fascinating to see how technology is being adapted for the benefit of animals and mankind and that the future of the equine industry is reassuringly well protected. It was a pleasure to visit LGC and it was one of the most interesting and enjoyable visits I have had for a long time.”

Jeremy Cook, Managing Director of LGC Health Sciences, within which HFL operates, commented: “Mr Sturdy was the ideal guest, asking great questions of our scientists and showing eagerness to learn about LGC and HFL’s heritage and place in the local community. As you can imagine, we are very proud to be playing a small but important role in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and are confident our experienced scientists and cutting-edge technology will enable us to meet the exacting standards required for such an important and prestigious event.”

 HFL, the world’s largest sports drug surveillance laboratory, has nearly half a century’s continuous experience in the science of sports doping control, including experience testing within the framework of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and testing human and animal food supplements for substances prohibited in sport.

 The equine athletes will come under the rules and remit of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), whose processes are aligned with World Anti-Doping Code and IOC principles.


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Cambridge, 28th June 2012 – Visit to Pfizer Neusentis site.

Robert Sturdy, MEP for the East of England, recently had the opportunity to see first hand the ground breaking research that is being undertaken in and around Cambridge by the Pfizer Neusentis site. Robert was shown how the scientists at the Neusentis site are leading research into stem cells and the advancment of therapies in this field.

The discussions also led on to a number of EU policy areas, such as research and trade.

Speaking shortly after the visit, Mr. Sturdy said:

“Cambridge and its surrounding area is a global hub for science and technology. It is important we recognise the work our scientists are doing to cure diseases and make our lives better through medical and technological advances.”

“Visiting research centres such as the Pfizer Neusentis site is very important for law makers so that we better understand the needs of the people on the ground.”

“I would like to thank all those who made my visit happen and gave me the opportunity to see the essential work they are doing”

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Robert Visits Shepreth Wildlife Park, 28th June 2012

Cambridge, 28th June 2012 – Robert Sturdy, Conservative MEP for the East of England, made a visit to the animals and keepers at Shepreth Wildlife Park to see the conservation centre in South Cambridgeshire.

Mr Sturdy was guided through the grounds of the Wildlife Park while discussing the various conservation projects Shepreth is involved with. Curator, Rebecca Willers highlighted in particular the important work being carried out to help protect wild tigers in Indonesia and Russia, and of course a little closer to home, the on-site Shepreth Wildlife Conservation Charity ‘Hedgehog Hospital’. Mr Sturdy was incredibly keen to learn more about these projects and showed a genuine interest in offering his services to these causes where possible.

Mr Sturdy himself has visited several conservation projects throughoutIndonesia, as well as other habitat restoration programmes inNorth America.

Mr Sturdy said:

I have had a keen interest in animal welfare and conservation all my life and it was fantastic to see first-hand the marvelous work being done at the Park. Mankind has a habit of unbalancing nature with some of its acts and we have to take steps to try to restore the damage that has been done. It was a real pleasure to meet Rebecca and her team who are so interested in and committed to the conservation work and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting.”

During his afternoon visit, Mr Sturdy also got the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the friendlier residents – including Pepe the skunk, Quincy the barn owl and various lemurs.

It was our pleasure to show Mr Sturdy our collection, and discuss the issues surrounding wildlife trade, deforestation and poaching. He shows a great deal of concern for this subject and offered his help and guidance with anything we thought may help with these global conservation matters.”

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East Anglia National Farmer’s Union visit to Brussels, 18th June 2012

  On Monday the 18th June, Robert sponsored a visit of the East Anglian branch of the NFU to spend a few days in Brussels.

Earlier this month, I was pleased to welcome a group of NFU members to the European Parliament in Brussels. The group were able to see first hand how agricultural issues are dealt with by the EU. It is immensely important that the British public are engaged with the EU as the decisions made in Brussels affect our lives in so many different ways. This is especially true of agricultural policy.”

For a full description of the trip in the EADT, please click on the picture to the right.




Laurel and Grange Farms Visit, 10th February 2012.

On Friday the 10th February, Robert spent the day visiting Laurel Farm, Wereham and Grange Farm, Feltwell. He discussed a range of agricultural issues relating to the EU.

“Every so often I have the privilege of being invited to meet with farmers in the East of England. Agriculture plays such a huge part in the lives of many across the region and visits like the one I did on the 10th February give me a fantastic opportunity to discuss issues such as CAP reform with British farmers. It is important to hear straight from the horse’s mouth how developments at the EU level will affect UK farmers on the ground.

A special thanks to everyone who made the visits possible.”


Conference: ‘Going Global: Helping Small Businesses Trade Abroad’

Venue: Robinson College, University of Cambridge on the 2nd of March 2012.

On the 2nd of March 2012, in the prestigious surroundings of one of the world’s greatest and oldest universities, Robert Sturdy MEP, Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee, will be hosting a trade conference aimed at bringing together British SMEs and national and European experts, advisers and officials, to provide essential information to British companies on how to take their business to the world.

The conference will be split into three panel sessions followed by a questions and answer session. There will be an intermission for a buffet lunch which will double as a roaming session, that will provide the opportunity for the panellist and the other attendees to engage directly with one another in order for them to raise concerns, discuss experiences, and make direct contacts with policy professionals and experts.

Confirmed panellists include Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State for Business andEnterprise, Dr. Syed Kamall, MEP forLondon, Sean McGuire, Brussels Director of the CBI, John Walker, Federation of Small Businesses National Chairman, a number of national and European experts, Members of the European Parliament and Senior European Commission Officials.

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 Eastern region Conservative MEP: Geoffrey Van Orden, Robert Sturdy, Vicky Ford and David Campbell Bannerman. This event is sponsored by the Conservatives in the European Parliament (European Conservatives and Reformists Group).



European Information Lunch, Duxford – November 11th 2011

Last Friday I hosted a European Information Lunch at the Imperial War Museum Duxford. Events such as this are a great way to bring together constituency officers and supporters from across the region to keep them updated on what is going on in Brussels and throughout the European Union.

This year’s event was extra special because it fell on such an important day and took place at such an incredible location. It was a huge honour to see a number of former service men and women from the Second World War but also a number from our country’s recent conflict in Afghanistan.

Thanks to the kind contributions from those that attended, we managed to raise £501.00 for the Royal British Legion. The total was presented to Mr. Chris Ginn, County Chairman of the Poppy Appeal at the end of the lunch.