Parliament calls for new public contracts rules – but that doesn’t let the Government off the hook

As my constituents are only too aware, the Tory-led Government’s decision on Thameslink this summer will cost up to 1,400 jobs directly, and many thousands more indirectly in the region.

This major public contract was awarded to the lowest-cost bidder, …

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The EU has a wealth of Co-Operative experience

The beauty of the Co-operative solution is that it can be applied to so many different problems. Co-operatives have been tried and tested in every area from farming to finance. Not only have they worked, but they have worked better …

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Dog blog for found hounds & merrier terriers

As UK MEPs we receive a pretty regular postbag on various animal welfare issues.  But it’s obviously not just Britain which is a nation of animal lovers.  With the majority of MEPs across the 27 Members States recently signing a …

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Our priority should be jobs – not a referendum that would put jobs at risk

Once again we have been forced to witness an out-of-touch Conservative Party tearing itself apart over Europe. The government was always going to win the EU referendum vote, and Parliament has made the right decision. But David Cameron has been

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Why can’t we be like Norway?

Amidst dire threats of three line whips, potential resignations, and cries of “Britain out,” the Tories will get to debate their favourite topic in Westminster next week.  Like moths to a flame, Conservative MPs seem unable to keep away from …

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Fox on the run highlights lobby activity

The Liam Fox affair in the UK has once again highlighted lobbying activity and its role in the democratic process. 

You’ll generally find lobbyists towards the bottom of the popularity league table, along with the usual suspects such as estate

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Plain packets for cigarettes?

 

This week the Australian Senate delayed a vote on standardised packaging for cigarettes after intense pressure from tobacco lobbyists.   The EU, too, should be considering proposals on plain packaging but it’s the same story; extreme pressure from the pro-tobacco …

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Real life ‘Lassie dogs’ detect epileptic fits

Today I hosted an event in the European Parliament on epilepsy.  As a chair of the Parliament’s Health Sub-Committee I chose to focus on this neurological disorder which affects around 1 in 100 people in the UK and across the …

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Doctors must be able to communicate with their patients

Yesterday I spoke to BBC Record Europe about possible EU rule changes to ensure doctors are proficient in English before being allowed to practice in the UK.  This comes after a small number of very serious incidents, including the case …

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Tory Euro MPs declare war on Cameron.

The Tories being split over Europe is not exactly breaking news, but the most recent spat is breaking some new ground

An unholy alliance of Tory & Liberal Democrat Euro MPs is hammering David Cameron over his latest bit of …

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