Dr Syed Kamall MEP is the leader of the ECR Group in the European Parliament. In the following video clip he explains AECR’s principles and values at the Conservatives & Reformists Summit in Antalya 2016.
We should always remind ourselves as political parties what we stand for; what are those principles that we believe in and those we try and convince our electorate to believe in? It is quite clear that the freest societies are the most prosperous societies, and the most prosperous societies are the freest societies. As centre-right parties across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and elsewhere, we have to remember that very truth – that we should be fighting for free and prosperous societies.
The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists and the European Conservatives and Reformists Group are the fastest growing political movements in Europe, but we are not just there to become bigger and bigger with having no ideology in mind. It is important that we believe in spreading the ideas of free societies, free markets and liberty, whichever country you are from.
It doesn’t matter what country you come from, what your faith and background is, there is a common goal and a common understanding that if we believe in free societies, that will lead to prosperity – not just for an elite in society, but for everyone, from the very poorest to people, who are already quite well off. In order to make sure that we a have a free society, freedom of press, a belief in our civic society, it is really important that we keep fighting for freedom, limited government and helping people from all background.