Government must not undermine EU ban on harmful pesticides

honeybee“The UK government must not support industry attempts to circumvent EU restrictions on pesticides harmful to bees,” said Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, following news that Syngenta are applying to the UK government for an ‘emergency’ exemption …

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Labour MEP defends traffic light labelling from possible EU court case

GROUP S&DGlenis Willmott, health spokesperson for Labour MEPs, is defending the UK’s traffic light food labelling scheme amidst plans to refer it to the European Court of Justice tomorrow.

“I strongly condemn attempts to stop the traffic light scheme through a …

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Tory MEPs slammed for undermining British influence in Europe

camResponding to news the Conservative Party’s ECR Group in the European Parliament has admitted Alternative für Deutschland into its ranks, Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in Europe, said:

“Once again David Cameron’s MEPs are undermining Britain’s ability to reform the …

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Reaction to European Medicine Agency’s transparency policy

ClinicalTrialsGlenis Willmott MEP, rapporteur for the Clinical Trials Regulation has commented following the meeting of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) on the publication of clinical trials data.

“I am pleased to see the idea of ‘screen-only’ viewing of clinical trial …

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Glenis re-elected to lead Labour in Europe

Glenis Willmott has been re-elected as Leader of Labour’s new Group of Euro MPs.

At the Group’s first meeting following the European Elections, the East Midlands MEP was unanimously chosen once again to lead the 20 strong group in the …

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Transparent labelling needed for meat slaughter

meatMany people will have heard the news today that some supermarkets are using halal meat without informing consumers. The majority of halal meat is pre-stunned before slaughter, but a small minority of halal, and a majority of kosher meat, is …

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Labour MEPs vote to slash plastic carrier bag use

ocean pollution plastic bagLabour MEPs voted yesterday for measures to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags, including a binding target to cut use by 80 per cent and mandatory charges for bags.

Other measures in the proposals include a mandatory charge for …

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Local MEP demands tougher food inspections

burgerAn East Midlands Euro MP voted yesterday for stricter inspections across the food chain and stringent penalties for food fraud.

The European Parliament voted through measures to ensure inspections on food businesses are independent, transparent and rigorous, with MEPs also …

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Government should use EU food bank fund urgently

imagesCASN3YD2It’s shocking to hear that nearly one million people have needed food parcels handed out by the Trussell Trust over the last year. In the UK, one of the most developed countries in the world, too many people are simply …

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Labour MEPs say no to mega trucks

mega trucksLabour MEPs voted today to keep Britain’s roads free from mega trucks, which weigh up to 60 tonnes and reaching 25 metres in length.  Mega trucks are already used for freight transportation in some European countries but are not able …

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