MP James Daly has been to Brussels to discuss problems such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the effects of Brexit with politicians across Europe.

The Bury North representative formed part of the UK Parliamentary delegation to the EU at the first meeting of an assembly which took place on May 12 and 13.

The UK-EU Parliamentary Partnership Assembly was established following new agreements made between the UK and EU on issues such as trade, transport and law enforcement following Brexit.

The new assembly acts as a forum for MEPs and MPs to discuss relations between the UK and EU parliament and to make recommendations for the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, which came into force in January 2021.

This was the time that representatives from the United Kingdom and European Union had met in this capacity following Britain’s departure from the EU in 2020.

The delegation was made up of a cross-party group of 35 MP’s from across the UK who met with the EU delegation of 35 MEPs.

Delegates discussed a number of key problems facing Europe with a particular focus on the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, co-operation on energy provision and the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement.

Delegations such as this are crucial for cooperation between the UK and EU as a new relationship is established with the European Union.

North-East Hertfordshire MP, Sir Oliver Health, acted as co-chair of the assembly with French politician Nathalie Loiseau.

Mr Daly said: “It was an honour to be part of these important talks.

"While we are forging our own path as an independent nation, it is crucial that we co-operate constructively with our European neighbours, especially on issues as critical as Ukraine.

“I would like to thank the European Parliament for hosting us as we build a new relationship and work on the significant challenges we face in the modern world.”