A hopeful, positive campaign from Ed Miliband

Ed MilibandThey say that the politics of hope always wins over the politics of fear and division; that is exactly the message Ed Miliband will be sending in the run-up to this year’s general election.

It will be the most important …

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70 years on from Auschwitz liberation: an unrecognisable Europe of peace

AuschwitzToday, Tuesday 27th January, marks 70 years to the day since the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated by Allied forces. It is estimated that over one million people lost their lives at that one camp before it was liberated …

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The European Year for Development 2015: a year of opportunity for access to medicines

Access to medicines saves livesLabour MEPs are leading the push for international action against poverty, and poverty-related diseases. We need to make sure the European Year for Development is a European year of action.

We have achieved a lot through the United Nations Millennium …

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Fairness should be at the heart of UK and European Policy

First published by the Lincolnshire Echo, January 2015:

ballot boxIn less than five months Britain will vote in the most significant election for a generation.  But with so much media coverage of Westminster, it’s easy to forget that many of the …

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Juncker must show he’s serious about tackling tax avoidance

Glenis No Tax HavenMuch of the daily drip of revelations about European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ‘intensely relaxed’ approach to corporate tax dodging is hardly surprising. The question is whether we can use it to force Mr Juncker – whose intimate relationship with …

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Osborne fails to overturn bankers’ bonus cap

First published by the Lincolnshire Echo, December 2014:

cameron-osborneIn recent weeks, George Osborne admitted defeat in his mission to keep limitless bonuses for top bankers in the City of London. Five years on from the financial crash, the average wage …

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MEP calls for increased awareness of dystonia disorder

First published by The Parliament Magazine, November 2014

Glenis and Vytenis Andriukaitis 2What does the word dystonia conjure up to you? No, it is not an accession country – dystonia is a neurological movement disorder. It causes continuous muscle spasms which force affected …

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EU must continue work to restore Peak District moors

Peak District moorlandNow that funding for a brilliant project restoring natural peat moors in the East Midlands is coming to an end, I want the EU to continue its commitment to this unique natural habitat.

The Peak District is a stunningly beautiful …

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Running out of time to help young people

The UK Job CentreGovernment’s Commission on Social Mobility and Child Poverty published its final annual report yesterday. While noting some successes, it makes for grim reading, especially for our nation’s young people.

Speaking in advance of the publication at the weekend, …

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Scrapping the Human Rights Act would be a step backwards for the UK

EEC Human Rights ConventionThe Conservatives announced at their conference last week that they want to get rid of the Human Rights Act and make up their own. This is a politically driven move that ignores the importance of human rights in protecting citizens …

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