One of the more frustrating elements of being an MEP is the travel and in particular the need for flexibility due to last minute changes of plan. Today is a good example. I left home at 7.15am to catch a train to London to support constituents from Barnacle, Coventry at the High Court in London in their attempt to obtain a permanent injunction against inappropriate development in their community by gypsies. I decided to not attend Brussels today to support them. Just as the train pulled away from Birmingham International I got a phone call informing me that the matter had been adjourned. I got off the train in Coventry and waited for the next train back to Birmingham.
I spent the morning in my office going through constituency matters including writing to Local Communities Minister, Eric Pickles demanding that he revoke John Prescott's circular 2006/01 that has allowed gypsies to destroy Green Belt land.
I then re-arranged my flight so I could get to Brussels for the plenary session.