Local human rights campaigner facing 7 years in Thai prison

Andy HallLocal human rights campaigner, Andy Hall, is facing up to 7 years in a Thai prison for raising instances of modern slavery in Thailand. Andy, whose parents Des and Pat are based in Lincolnshire, awaits the start of his trial …

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David Cameron should act prime-ministerial and make case for Britain in Europe

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Speaking after today’s meeting of the European Council, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, Glenis Willmott MEP, said:

“David Cameron is desperately trying to get himself out of a hole he has dug for himself. It is clear that he …

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Local MEP demands tougher rules on arms exports


Today Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott, voted for stronger EU rules on arms exports. With the events in Ukraine, the rise of ISIS and the recent dreadful attacks in Paris, urgent action is needed to ensure that European arms are not …

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Tories vote against EU action to save UK steel industry

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Labour MEP, Glenis Willmott this week voted for a report calling for EU action to tackle the crisis in the steel sector. Shockingly Tory MEPs voted against this report.

The report calls for a level playing field and seeks to …

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Labour MEP pays tribute to Sakharov Prize winner Raif Badawi

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Labour MEPs have paid tribute to Raif Badawi and vowed to carry on the fight for freedom as he was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Raif is the Saudi Arabian blogger, writer, activist and creator of the …

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Britain’s influence and role as a global leader “under threat”, warn Labour MEPs ahead of Euro summit

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David Cameron’s brinkmanship is taking Britain to the edge of exiting the EU, threating the UK’s influence and position as a global leader, Labour MEPs warned today.

MEPs debated the upcoming European Council summit, starting Thursday, at which Europe’s leaders …

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East Midlands Labour MEP to vote for EU action to clamp down on tax fiddling

Glenis Willmott MEnotaxhavensP will vote today to strengthen efforts to clamp down on aggressive tax avoidance and tax evasion.

The report that is being voted on today calls for mandatory, public, country-by-country reporting of tax arrangements. It also calls …

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UKIP and Tory MEPs vote against binding EU climate change targets

Labour proposaDrax Power Stationls to focus on renewable energy instead of fossil fuels were supported yesterday by the European Parliament, no thanks to UKIP or the Tories. Shockingly, Tory and UKIP MEPs voted against amendments reflecting the deal reached at the …

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Raif Badawi Awarded Sakharov Prize

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Sadly this year has seen various tragedies linked to freedom of expression, many of which occurred in Europe. I remain committed to freedom of expression and strongly oppose the abuse of basic human rights. It is vitally …

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Good news for film fans

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This week the European Commission released proposals that will enable UK citizens to enjoy BBC iPlayer, Netflix, Spotify and other online entertainment throughout the EU.

The proposed new rules would allow holidaymakers to access on-demand content when they have subscriptions …

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