A perfectly reasonable request I would have thought.
From: SCOTT Dermot
Sent: Mon 2/4/2008 3:17 PM
To: CHICHESTER Giles; TITLEY Gary; DUFF Andrew; LAMBERT Jean; FARAGE Nigel; HUDGHTON Ian
Cc: TEMPLE-SMITHSON James; ALHADEFF Giampiero; ROYSTON James; PAGE Clive
Subject: Tripartite meeting 6 March, Westminster
The following topics have been suggested for discussion at the next Tripartite meeting of MEPs/MPs/Peers on 6 March:
Spring Summit/Lisbon Process
Western Balkans/Neighbourhood Policy
If we are, as usual, to reduce that to two main topics and one for general conversation over lunch, would the following meet you approval?
with the Treaty discussed over lunch.
I think the Lisbon process has been on the agenda fairly regularly, though of course the spring summit follows shortly after. I look forward to hearing from you.
Head of Office, European Parliament UK Office
2 Queen Anne's Gate, London SW1H 9AA
This below is the response from James Temple-Smithson, who is the EPP-ED staffer based in Conservative headquarters in London as is one of the senior advisers to the Tory leadership on matters pertaining to the EU. His advice having spoken to Giles Chichester, Tory MEP leader is as follows.
Dear Dermot,Nothing new to say! What the ?==))(&(&!!!!
Thank you for your mail. Giles' view is that there is limited value in another discussion of the Treaty at this meeting as there will be little new to say, so he would prefer it to be dropped in favour of the Spring Summit which, as you say, will be more topical.
The treaty will still be going through Westminster at this time, either in the Lords or back in time for a third reading. Given that the Lib/Dems are falling out at this moment and that for the first time there seems to be a chink in the armour over a referendum, to not talk about the key European issue de jour is tantamount to absolute surrender. Yes the odds are against any significant change, but do you give up now. Even Mr Scott points out that the Lisbon Agenda has been done to death over the last few years. But Giles Chichester has decided to airbrush the incovienience of our liberties being sold down the river out of the equation. I cannot see Duff, or Titley out voting him on this. After all the Labour Party and the Lib/Dems would be delighted to sweep the Treaty under the table. But to have a Tory doing their work for them.
Nothing to see, move along.