Increased help in these difficult times and the minimum wage

It may have escaped most people’s attention but this month sees a whole range of measures coming into effect which I think are worth highlighting including:

– A rise in the basic state pension, maternity pay, paternity pay and statutory …

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Stop press!

Stop press! We voted on the horizontal anti-discrimination directive yesterday and it got through with a narrow majority.

It’s great that the new legislation will combat discrimination on grounds of disability, religion or belief, age, or sexual orientation. It will

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Putting a stop to discrimination

This week in Brussels we are debating and voting on the European Parliament’s position on a new anti-discrimination directive. Labour MEPs have been campaigning for such a directive for many years now and it is in no small measure

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Gordon Brown leading the way

Yesterday Gordon Brown was in Strasbourg to make a timely speech to the European Parliament ahead of the important G20 summit next week. He spoke of the crucial importance of the European Union, now more than ever, as a

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Safe cosmetic products and food

This week the European Parliament is meeting in Strasbourg for a plenary session. The legislation to be voted on includes legislation on cosmetic productswhich will ensure they are safe and that misleading claims such as ‘reduces wrinkles’ are only

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Would EU believe it?

Following on from my post a few weeks ago on Euro-myths another prime example emerged last week. It concerns an internal European Parliament guide which, as my colleague Richard Corbett rightly points out, was written for the Parliament’s translators

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Cervical cancer – campaigning to save lives

It was fantastic to hear that at virtually the same time as I was meeting Rachel Bennet last Friday, the Government was announcing a review which could end up saving lives – and which the determined campaigning of this young

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Cameron’s Tories in Splendid Isolation

Yesterday William Hague met with the chairman of the European People’s Party (EPP) to confirm that Tory MEPs will leave the biggest political group in the European Parliament after the June 4 European elections and will try to set up …

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International Women’s Day and the June elections

From my perspective as Labour’s third woman Leader in the European Parliament, following in the footsteps of the legendary Barbara Castle, International Women’s Day should be about looking back on what Britain’s membership of the European Union has achieved for

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