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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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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Labour MEP calls for immediate release of Raif Badawi

Raif BadawiGlenis Willmott MEP has voted for a resolution in the European Parliament calling for the blogger Raif Badawi to be released immediately and unconditionally. Raif was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 1,000 lashes in May 2014, as a …

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East Midlands MEP votes for EU measures to prosecute dangerous drivers

40 limit road signGlenis Willmott MEP has voted for new EU procedures that will make it easier to bring non-UK drivers who break the law to justice and is calling on the UK government to bring the new rules into force as soon …

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Labour MEP votes for EU co-operation in ‎fight against terrorism and radicalisation

iStock_000006127667XSmallAhead of the Heads of Government meeting in Brussels today, Labour MEPs voted yesterday for greater co-operation between EU countries and a renewed anti-terrorism strategy, following last month’s Paris terror attacks.

There was cross-party agreement amongst MEPs on the need …

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Labour MEPs vote for mandatory country of origin labelling for meat in processed food


Labour MEPs voted today for mandatory country of origin labelling for all meat in processed food, backing stronger traceability requirements for meat in burgers, ready meals and sandwiches.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s leader in Europe and European spokesperson on food …

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