World Malaria Day 2015: progress at risk with spread of drug resistance

pillsAs the international community prepares to take stock of the achievements of the Millennium Development Goals, Members of European Parliament are gravely concerned by the looming threat of drug resistant malaria.  Currently concentrated in Asia, drug resistance could rapidly spread …

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Disappointment for bird lovers after result of Maltese referendum

Turtle doveThe EU has long recognised the importance of maintaining biodiversity in the EU, and keystone legislation like the Birds Directive and the Habitats Directive are vital for protecting our wildlife.

Unfortunately, this week the hunting lobby in Malta won a …

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Tales from the campaign trail (part 3)

Gloucester Local Election count at Oxstall's Tennis Centre. Checking the paperspicture by Mikal Ludlownews 22-5-14One of the most interesting aspects of knocking on doors is hearing the wide variety of concerns that your average voter has and trying to get to grips with solving them. Although the UK media understandably focuses on national news, …

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Labour MEPs are protecting our bees

Bumblebee on the orange flowerA local Euro MP has called for cooperation to tackle a new threat to Europe’s bees. Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, is calling for EU wide action and screening for imported bumblebee hives, which can carry parasites …

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Opportunity and education for young people is the key to Britain’s future

Job CentreWe should always be striving for the next generation to do better than the last, and education is vitally important to achieving this. The launch of Labour’s education manifesto this week demonstrates a sincere commitment to opportunity for all.

The …

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Local MEP calls for action on alcohol-related harm

IMG_2776coopA local MEP has led a vote in the European Parliament calling for action to reduce alcohol-related harm in Europe.

The Resolution adopted on Tuesday asks the European Commission to immediately begin work on a new Alcohol Strategy to replace …

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Local MEP calls for urgent action on tuberculosis on World TB Day

A Local Euro MP is calling for concerted action to deal with the threat of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB). Glenis Willmott is urging EU Member States to make tackling MDR-TB a priority and to work together to ensure that everyone …

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Clean water can save a newborn baby’s life; let’s commit to giving them a #HealthyStart

clean water pumpToday is World Water Day which is an important annual milestone for international development. Providing universal access to clean drinking water has long been something I have campaigned on and a key goal of the United Nations and countless brilliant …

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We are still fighting against racial discrimination in the EU

iStock_000018447670MediumOn this day in 1960, South African police opened fire against 69 people demonstrating peacefully against apartheid ‘pass laws’ in Sharpeville, South Africa. The United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination marks this tragedy every year, and …

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Labour MEP supports campaign for World Down Syndrome Day

A local Euro MP is encouraging everyone to help raise awareness of Down syndrome.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, is supporting the UN’s World Down Syndrome Day this Saturday, 21st March. Labour MEPs are encouraging everyone to …

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