Open letter: Working mothers deserve better


David Cameron’s lack of regard for women’s rights has yet again been highlighted this week.

Sadly, the EU’s draft Maternity Leave Directive has been officially withdrawn after it was blocked by a number of national governments, including the …

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Open letter: LGBTI rights should be a non-negotiable part of EU Membership

lgbti-270x179largeDear Editor,

Last weekend saw riot police in Istanbul, Turkey, using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse the annual gay pride parade. It is not clear why police tried to disrupt the riot, and why such heavy-handed …

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Labour MEPs welcome end of EU roaming charges and ban on two-speed internet

roaming charge picRoaming charges in the EU will end in 2017, and there will be an EU-wide ban on the creation of a two-speed internet.

MEPs reached a deal with their European co-legislators today on the Telecoms Single Market package, which will …

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Labour MEPs: Greece must be offered bailout extension and a better deal to raise likelihood of Yes vote

bankingLabour MEPs today called for the eurozone to offer Greece a bailout extension and better terms ahead of Sunday’s referendum, or risk a No vote that would plunge the country deeper into chaos.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the …

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It ain’t broke. So why fix it?

iStock_000045246300_SmallJust around the corner from my UK office, at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, a pair of bitterns have produced chicks for the first time.

I understand that even for the most hardened “twitchers” a sighting of this shy bird is …

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We must do more to help missing children

One million children go missing every year in Europe. We have a moral duty to do everything we can to tackle this frightening statistic.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that it is a right of every child to …

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To achieve reform, Cameron must demonstrate statesmanship on Greece, build bridges and forge alliances

cameron merkelDavid Cameron is today outlining his demands for EU reform at a summit of Europe’s leaders – though it’s the plight and possible exit of another country that will be front and centre of everyone else’s minds.

Greece is in …

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Local MEP to nominate Raif Badawi for Sakharov Prize

Raif Badawi

This Friday marks International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and an East Midlands MEP has announced that she will be nominating imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger and torture victim Raif Badawi for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize. The …

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East Midlands MEP welcomes EU funding boost for Leicestershire social projects

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed the announcement that the National Lottery will match funds from the European Union to create a £14 million fund to tackle poverty and unemployment in Leicester and Leicestershire. The fund will assist projects aiming …

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Labour MEPs’ position on TTIP


As you may be aware, the European Parliament was due to vote on its position regarding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) on 10th June, but this was postponed. Prior to the vote I had been contacted by thousands …

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