Labour support deep-sea conservation, while Tories vote against

fishing trawlerA proposed ban on deep-sea trawling narrowly failed to be adopted in the European Parliament yesterday, as a result of Tory MEPs & right wing allies voting it down.

Labour MEPs supported the ban, which would have phased out trawling …

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Anger at top bosses “soaring” pay

Successful business man sitting on money stairsNews that incomes of Britain’s top bosses have risen substantially, while most people are still struggling, has angered an East Midlands MEP.

A recent report by Income Data Services shows that while the basic pay of FTSE 100 Directors has …

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Action demanded on public health concerns

GW seriousA local Euro MP is calling for Europe-wide action on two major health issues.

Glenis Willmott, who leads on public health for Labour in the European Parliament, is calling for greater attention to be given to Hepatitis B & C …

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Welcome for cigarette U-turn

Cig Packaging2A local Euro MP today welcomed the news that the government will now go ahead with plans to introduce “plain” cigarette packaging in the UK – reversing their previous stance.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s leader in Europe and European Parliament …

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Glenis welcomes confirmation of seal products ban

seal2A local MEP has welcomed a decision by the World Trade Organization confirming that the importing and selling of seal products will remain illegal within the EU.

The ruling confirmed the validity of the European Union decision on the marketing …

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Call for more women on company boards

Chairs in a meeting roomAt least four out of ten Directors on Company Boards should be women.

That was the message from the European Parliament last week.

Glenis Willmott, Leader of Labour’s MEPs, who supported the call for greater representation, said:

“The picture at …

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EU budget deal will mean vital investment for East Midlands

STRAS VOTE.cropLabour MEPs have voted to support a deal on Europe’s new long-term budget to last from 2014-2020.

Glenis Willmott, Labour MEP for the East Midlands, said: “Although the deal is not perfect, it will still provide vital funding, helping to …

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Europe’s plans for agriculture “weak and unambitious”

cows-curiousAn East Midlands Euro MP has described new plans to reform Europe’s Common Agricultural policy as “weak and unambitious.”

Glenis Willmott led Labour MEPs yesterday in voting against the agreement on the future of the CAP, as the European Parliament …

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Glenis “Shows Her Hand” for justice for Thalidomide survivors

thalodomide moleculeAn East Midlands Euro MP met representatives from Thalidomide survivors’ Show Your Hand organisation this week to discuss how she can continue to support their campaign.

Show Your Hand is campaigning for Grünenthal, the German company that originally developed Thalidomide, …

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Loss of library services to hit disadvantaged groups hardest

girl on a computer - libraryA Euro MP has warned that cuts to library services across Europe could have a damaging effect on disadvantaged groups.

She said: “Employment, lifelong learning, and social inclusion are all key objectives for the EU.   And for many local communities …

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