Raising Awareness of Rare Diseases in Europe

Glenis and Vytenis Andriukaitis 2Saturday 28th February is European Rare Disease Day 2015, which aims to raise awareness of rare diseases and the impact they have on the lives of people who suffer from them.

A rare disease affects fewer than 5 in …

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We need to act now to protect access to medicines in the EU

pillsAccess to medicines is increasingly under threat in EU Member States, and prices for innovative drugs are continuing to rise. Most recently, a breakthrough in Hepatitis C treatment, Sofosbuvir, has been priced at £33,000 for a 12 week course …

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Labour MEP named Policy Maker of the Year for work on rare diseases

Bruxelles: EURORDIS Black Pearl GALA DINNER 2015.A Labour MEP has won an award for her work to help improve the lives of people with rare diseases in Europe.

Last night, Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s European spokesperson on health, was presented with the Policy Maker of the …

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“Abusive zero-hour contracts have no place in modern society” says local MEP

glenis chairToday’s release from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) shows that zero-hour contracts are on the rise. There are now 1.8 million of these contracts in existence in the UK.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands said:

“Exploitative …

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Labour have long been fighting against tax cheats in the EU

Glenis No Tax Haven

Tax avoidance, tax evasion and tax havens cost €1 trillion of tax revenue every year in the EU, a staggering amount when so many of our economies are struggling, and so many cuts have been made to public services.

Avoiding …

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East Midlands MEP condemns companies dodging Minimum Wage

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An East Midlands MEP has condemned the 70 companies named by the government who have failed to pay their workers the statutory minimum wage. The worst offender was an East Midlands care provider based in Nottingham which owes 184 of …

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Labour MEP challenges Commission on Rolls-Royce redundancies

gw picAn East Midlands MEP has challenged the European Commission on the 2,600 job losses at Rolls-Royce’s factories in the region announced in November last year. The high-tech engineering and manufacturing are key to driving Europe and the UK’s future economic …

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Labour MEP supporting Fairtrade Fortnight 2015

COOP-EASTLEAKE-24A Labour MEP is pledging her support for this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight which starts on Monday and running until the 8th March. This year marks the 20th Fairtrade Fortnight and so it will celebrate the impact that Fairtrade …

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More than Jam and Jerusalem

WIThis year marks the centenary of one of Britain’s most well-known (and well-loved) voluntary organisations – the National Federation of Women’s Institutes – or W.I.

The first WI meeting was held in Anglesey on 16 September 1915, and  it has …

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