John Whittingdale visits Brixham harbour to meet local fishermen and representatives of the industry.

Pictured are: Jim Portus (Chief Executive of South Western Fish Producers Organisation) Sir Simon Day (Fisheries spokesman, Committee of the Regions of the European Union), John Whittingdale, Neil Parish MEP, Conservative Agriculture and Fisheries Spokesman in the European Parliament and Mrs Sheryll Murray, former Chairman of the SWFPO.

John Whittingdale together with other members of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in the Olympic Stadium, Berlin, where the finals of the 2006 Football World Cup will be played.

John Whittingdale face to face with Daleks!

As a fan since boyhood of Dr Who, John could not refuse the chance to meet a Dalek and former Dr Who assistant Elizabeth Sladen who played Sarah Jane when both visited the House of Commons to mark the 40th anniversary of the Time Lord in November.

Did you know...the 1973 story, Carnival of Monsters, was filmed in the Maldon and East
Chelmsford constituency around Tillingham Marshes.

The Conservative Party has launched a new fishing advisory group, with the aim of restoring national control over the industry.

The initiative was pioneered by John Whittingdale, the Shadow Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, who has announced plans to visit major fishing communities around the British coast before unveiling a new policy based on managing the UK fishing stock nationally.
Organisations from all over the country attended a launch meeting at Westminster, including the Scottish White Fish Producers, The Fishermen's Association, the Shellfish Association, Folkestone's Fishermen's Association, the South Western Fish Producer Organisation, non-sector Inshore Fishermen, the Northern Producer Organisation, The National Federation of Fishermen's Organisations, Northern Ireland Fish Producer Organisation, and the Cod Crusaders Campaign.

Describing the EU's Common Fisheries Policy as a disaster, Mr Whittingdale declared: "I am delighted that so many leaders of the fishing industry across the country are willing to help us. I am also very encouraged by the measure of agreement about key issues and how they must be tackled."
Key issues under discussion were ways of managing fish stocks nationally, how to develop a selective fishing policy using modern scientific methods, exploring new methods of controlling fishing activity and banning industrial fishing instead of the current EU quota system, and eliminating discards and black fish.

Mr Whittingdale told conservatives.com: "We will now visit a number of fishing communities across the UK to talk directly to those involved. In time, we expect to visit other countries that already have successful national management schemes. In the long term we will come forward with details as to how a Conservative government will establish a management scheme outside the CFP."