A big day for marriage equality in the Republic of Ireland

Irish Marriage Referendum

Today is an exciting one for equality campaigners in Ireland, with thousands going to the polls to vote in a referendum on marriage equality. This is the first referendum to be held on same-sex marriage anywhere in the world, so …

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Labour MEPs call for stronger EU-wide maternity and paternity rights – while Tories vote against

mother and babyLabour MEPs have called on the European Commission to present new proposals to protect pregnant workers and provide stronger maternity and paternity rights.

Yesterday’s vote in the European Parliament – which Tory MEPs opposed – follows four years of deadlock …

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Labour MEPs back 0.7% overseas aid target for all EU countries

ukaidLabour MEPs voted this week for the EU and national governments to recommit to the target of 0.7% of national income for overseas aid. The vote came ahead of a meeting of EU ministers next week in Brussels, who will decide …

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EU must raise awareness of links between alcohol use and cancer

First published on The Parliament Magazine, May 2015

wineEurope is the world’s heaviest drinking region, with alcohol consumption reaching double the global average. Alcohol is the second largest lifestyle-related cause of disease in many European countries – second only to …

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Local MEP backs EU action to break link between armed conflict and the minerals trade

Conflict Minerals

MEPs voted today for compulsory checks on the sources of minerals imported from conflict zones.

Under the proposals, companies must make reasonable checks to ensure the step behind them in the supply chain can verify where the product came from, …

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Labour MEPs back EU action to clamp down on rate-rigging following LIBOR scandal


Labour MEPs voted yesterday for EU action to clamp down on rate-rigging following the LIBOR scandal.

MEPs voted for new rules that will strengthen the accuracy and integrity of benchmarks used in financial instruments and financial contracts, like LIBOR, the …

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We must protect our vital bee population

Bumblebee on the orange flowerThe last few years have seen increasing public concern for the health of our nation’s bees. UK bee populations have fallen by 30% since 2007, while more than four out of five plant species in Europe are believed to depend on …

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East Midlands MEP calls on EU to help protect Rolls-Royce jobs in Derby

RR Reps Meeting
Rolls-Royce has announced 3,000 job losses with the Derby site being hit the hardest. Local MEP Glenis Willmott, today met with workers, union representatives, Labour MEPs and the European Commission to call for urgent European action to tackle this crisis.…

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East Midlands MEP helps secure EU money after Tory chaos on regional funds

gw picLocal Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott, has backed moves to prevent millions of pounds, intended to help ‎some of Britain’s poorest areas, from being lost after failures by the British government left huge sums unspent in 2014.
‎The 29 April vote …

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Labour leads efforts to prevent future money market bailouts

Sterling banknotes

The European Parliament has today backed Labour’s proposals to protect taxpayers against having to bail out corporations if times get tough.

The proposals for new EU financial legislation also seeks to stabilise markets and boost economies across Europe.

“This is …

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