Labour MEPs vote for greater promotion of gender equality while Tories vote against

gw picLabour MEPs have voted today for European action to promote greater equality between women and men. Conservative MEPs voted against whilst UKIP MEPs abstained.

MEPs voted by 441 to 205 to adopt a report that addresses a number of key …

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“Maternity leave is a right not a luxury” says local MEP

mother and babyAhead of International Women’s Day tomorrow, Glenis Willmott MEP has demanded better maternity leave and pay for women at an EU level. Critical EU legislation is at risk of being scrapped if representatives from national governments don’t agree to re-open …

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Labour MEPs secure massive support against ISDS clause in TTIP

TTIPAn East Midlands MEP is delighted that Labour MEPs have secured the support of their colleagues in calling for the ISDS clause to be dropped from an EU-US trade deal. The controversial investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) clause of the Transatlantic

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Labour MEP welcomes update on Raif Badawi case

Raif Badawi

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed a reply from the EU’s top foreign minister on the case of Raif Badawi who was sentenced to 1000 lashes in Saudi Arabia last year. Glenis Willmott MEP had raised the issue directly with …

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30 year anniversary of the end of the miners’ strike

miners' strikeAn East Midlands MEP is reflecting on the 30 year anniversary of the end of the 1984-85 miners’ strike which has shaped many parts of the region ever since. On 3rd March 1985, the National Union of Mineworkers voted …

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Labour MEP backs action to help first-time buyers

iStock_000019554204SmallAn East Midlands MEP has given her backing to plans announced by Ed Miliband to help first-time buyers struggling to get a foot on the housing ladder. New measures include stopping developers sitting on land they have permission to build …

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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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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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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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