In my capacity as Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson I was invited to Brussels with the Transport Select Committee and spent Tuesday and yesterday afternoon there. We had a number of productive meetings, including one with Brian Simpson, the Labour MEP for the North West, and Chairman of the Transport Committee of the European Parliament. We also met with the soon to be Transport Commissioner, and the Ambassador.
It was a very useful two days, discussing a wide range of issues from ports to aviation and rail to road pricing.
We also discussed the contraversial new full body scanners that have been introduced at Manchester Airport with the EU Transport Commisioner who didn’t seem overly keen on the full body scanners and expressed concern that there wasn’t a European wide agreed approcach.
There are certainly lessons that we can learn here in Manchester and I will ensure that these are fed back.