Juncker must show he’s serious about tackling tax avoidance

notaxhavensMuch 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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Labour MEP welcomes compulsory palm oil labelling

A change in European law made by an East Midlands MEP will mean all products containing palm oil must be clearly labelled. The new requirements will come into force on 13 December and follow concerns from many consumers about unsustainable …

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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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Labour MEP Jumps for Dystonia!

Glenis and Vytenis Andriukaitis 2An East Midlands MEP has taken up the challenge to jump for dystonia and organised a photo shoot in the European Parliament to raise awareness of this little known brain disease. More than half a million people across Europe, including …

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Cameron fails to answer key questions on EU reform

cameron merkelDavid Cameron has failed to reveal how he will rebuild the alliances he needs in Europe to deliver EU reform, and has no answers on tackling the exploitation of migrant labour and the undercutting of wages, Labour MEPs warned today.…

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Labour MEP says Juncker must take urgent action on tax avoidance

Piles of eurosA Labour MEP has criticised European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker for his record on tax avoidance and has called on him to clamp down on it in the EU. Mr Juncker was grilled by MEPs yesterday after it was claimed …

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Labour MEP welcomes Ed Miliband’s CBI speech

IMG_8196Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, has voiced her support for Ed Miliband’s speech to the Confederation of British Industry today. He told its annual conference that a shake-up of the British economy is needed to address the …

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Labour MEP says future Ebola vaccine must be affordable, with open access to research

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Labour MEP Glenis Willmott, chair of the European Parliament Access to Medicines working group, today called for any Ebola vaccine to be affordable, with open access to the research.

Mrs Willmott was responding to the €280 million pledge for research …

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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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