Open letter: LGBTI rights should be a non-negotiable part of EU Membership

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Last weekend saw riot police in Istanbul, Turkey, using tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannon to disperse the annual gay pride parade. It is not clear why police tried to disrupt the riot, and why such heavy-handed …

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Labour MEPs welcome end of EU roaming charges and ban on two-speed internet

roaming charge picRoaming charges in the EU will end in 2017, and there will be an EU-wide ban on the creation of a two-speed internet.

MEPs reached a deal with their European co-legislators today on the Telecoms Single Market package, which will …

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Labour MEPs: Greece must be offered bailout extension and a better deal to raise likelihood of Yes vote

bankingLabour MEPs today called for the eurozone to offer Greece a bailout extension and better terms ahead of Sunday’s referendum, or risk a No vote that would plunge the country deeper into chaos.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the …

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We must do more to help missing children

One million children go missing every year in Europe. We have a moral duty to do everything we can to tackle this frightening statistic.

The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights states that it is a right of every child to …

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Local MEP to nominate Raif Badawi for Sakharov Prize

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This Friday marks International Day in Support of Victims of Torture and an East Midlands MEP has announced that she will be nominating imprisoned Saudi Arabian blogger and torture victim Raif Badawi for the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov Prize. The …

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East Midlands MEP welcomes EU funding boost for Leicestershire social projects

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed the announcement that the National Lottery will match funds from the European Union to create a £14 million fund to tackle poverty and unemployment in Leicester and Leicestershire. The fund will assist projects aiming …

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Medical Devices Rapporteur Welcomes Council Decision

04C12B1AE3961FCA805880CCD0AThe European Parliament’s Rapporteur on the proposed Medical Devices Regulation has welcomed the decision by European Health Ministers today to adopt a partial general approach on the legislation.

At a meeting of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs …

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Local MEP demands that research into childhood cancer is a priority

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A local MEP has called for fighting childhood cancer to be a priority in Europe.

Glenis Willmott MEP chaired a workshop in the European Parliament on Tuesday to discuss the availability of treatments for childhood illnesses, including cancer.  Speakers at …

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Labour MEP condemns ex-UKIP MEP’s role in forming new far-right Group

gw picAn East Midlands MEP has condemned today’s formation of a far-right Group in the European Parliament, made possible by the defection of a former UKIP MEP.

Until now, Marine Le Pen’s Front National have not been able to create a …

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Statement on the delay of TTIP vote

TTIPThousands of people in the East Midlands have contacted me regarding TTIP and the planned debate and vote this week. It is important to stress that this was on the Parliament’s resolution on TTIP and not on the final agreement.…

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