Labour MEP vows to keep fighting to keep jobs in Derby

With a Rolls Royce workforce of over 12,000 people, Derby truly is the UK’s aerospace centre. Local Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott, has been highlighting the technical skills of the employees in Derby and has called on the EU to ensure …

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Commission and government must show mettle and take decisive action against steel dumping

SteelworksThe European Parliament is set to debate the crisis in the steel industry in Britain and across Europe today and Labour will be putting pressure on the European Commission and UK government to act quickly and decisively to save Europe’s …

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Leaving the EU would destroy our universities and set back the course of scientific progress


Labour MEPs have welcomed comments from researchers, academics and scientists on how being a member of the European Union enables Britain’s universities to be world leaders.

They have warned a UK exit from the EU would be “catastrophic” for universities …

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Workers in Leicester deserve more security and respect.


Dear Editor,

I was pleased to read the recent article, ‘Zero Hour Contracts- Good or Bad?’, in the Leicester Mercury. With 65,000 individuals in the East Midlands on a zero hour contract, I’m sure that local readers will have read …

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Open letter – There are no circumstances that the UK would be better off out of the EU


Dear editor,

Readers will be aware that David Cameron listed his “EU demands” this week.

Individuals in the East Midlands benefit from being in the EU. Whether its via assistance in starting their own business, helping young people into training …

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Labour MEPs demand EU ministers take action on steel crisis

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Labour MEPs have demanded urgent EU action on the steel crisis at an emergency meeting of ministers this week.

Labour MEPs, together with trade unionists from GMB and Unite, held a rally outside the European Commission ahead of the meeting,

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Labour MEPs: Cameron must be honest on Britain’s place in Europe


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Responding to David Cameron’s speech outlining his renegotiation demands today, Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“Whatever happens through Cameron’s negotiations, we cannot afford for Britain to become marginalised, its voice not heard at the …

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Blog – Young Workers Month.

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“What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying . . .”

Not as you might think, …

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Putting worker safety on the EU agenda

Trade_Union_IntergroupOctober saw Health and Safety put centre stage in the European Parliament. With another successful European Week for Safety and Health at Work, the adoption of the Health and Safety Strategy in the Employment Committee and a fantastic trade union …

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Open Letter – A new low: UKIP MEPs fail to support stronger EU anti-torture trade regulations


Dear editor,

I’m sure that all readers will agree that torture has no place in a civilised society.

I was therefore deeply saddened this week when UKIP MEPs failed to support the strengthening of legislation designed to ensure the European …

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