Call for EU leaders to curb spending
NEATH MP Peter Hain has defended his role in pressing the UK Government to seek a cut in Brussels spending.
It comes after the Prime Minister suffered a humiliating defeat when Labour MPs and 53 Eurosceptic Conservatives joined forces to vote down a freeze in the European Union (EU) budget.
Although the vote was not binding, the House of Commons instead demanded he pursue a cut when he meets Euro leaders.
In a series of tweets, Mr Hain justified his decision, arguing he had voted to "curb" Brussels spending "as a pro-European who believes this is in the interests of both Europe and Britain".
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He added: "To be pro-European does not mean enabling the EU to escape spending cuts imposed by every member state on almost every public service. Europe would be more popular with its citizens if it showed more willingness to tighten its belt just as they are having to do. Europe's leaders cannot retain confidence by preaching austerity for everybody else except themselves."