I chose tonight to support Douglas Carswell’s modest and conservative amendment to the draft EU Budget Bill:

Line 2, leave out from ‘2011’ to end and add ‘is concerned at the above-inflation increase being made to Britain’s EU budget contribution; believes that, at a time when the Government is poised to make reductions in public spending elsewhere, it is wrong to increase that contribution; and calls on the Government to reduce Britain’s EU budget contribution’.

This amendment was not successful.

I wish Justine Greening every success as she sets out to defend British interests in the EU budget negotiations tomorrow.

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