In a clear sign that they feared they were about to lose a vote for reform led by British MEPs to cut one Strasbourg plenary week from the EP calendar the French and German leaders of the 2 biggest European Parliament groups (centre-right European People's Party and centre-left Socialists & Democrats) have engineered a postponement of the vote.
Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford said:
'What a stitch-up! This was obviously a cosy little deal cooked up in a desperate bid to sabotage reform."
"They are seeking to defend the absurd Strasbourg travelling circus which costs £3 million a week (€4 million) on top of the normal EP running costs."