It is vital that we protect biodiversity, or we will lose it forever

honeybeeAlthough it is not as widely publicised or discussed as higher profile issues like climate change, the loss of some of the Earth’s most precious habitats and wildlife is happening at an alarming and aggressive rate. Natural changes in climate …

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Local human rights campaigner- the ongoing battle

Andy Hall 1Recently, I was shocked to learn that Andy Hall, a local human rights campaigner, is facing seven years in a Thai prison for raising the dreadful abuse of migrant workers in Thailand.

Andy was rightly drawing attention to nothing short …

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We must work together to root out European tax evasion once and for all

Sterling banknotesTax avoidance and evasion is without a doubt one of the most frustrating topics for politicians and the public alike. It is against almost anyone’s sense of fairness but at the same time is notoriously difficult to tackle. We need …

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Common sense on cloning farm animals: just because we can, doesn’t mean we should


It’s been almost 20 years since Dolly the Sheep was headline news.

As the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell, she symbolised another step into a brave new world of scientific advancement.

But with new technical developments …

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EU schemes are opening doors for East Midlands vocational students

apprenticeshipLast year the European Union renewed its commitment to cross-border education and skills development by combining all of its training, youth and sport programmes into Erasmus+ which has secured funding until 2020. The Erasmus programme has been running since 1987 …

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EU protection for Nottinghamshire’s Bramley apple pie

apple pie

More good news for iconic British food came this summer with the announcement that the classic filling in Bramley apple pies will be given protected status by the EU. This will put it on a par with the likes …

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The flip side of the Single Market coin

With 21 million companies and 500 million individual consumers, the European Single Market is immense, the largest in the world. Economically it’s hugely successful: by its 20th anniversary in 2012, trade between EU member states had increased from £560 …

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Accessible Europe?

Family on beach]#This summer many of us are planning a well-earned break, and thousands of Britons will be heading elsewhere in Europe. EU membership has some brilliant benefits for travellers, with visa-less travel throughout the EU for citizens of member states, free …

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Labour MEPs statement on TTIP


Last month, UK Tory and Liberal Democrat MEPs voted to delay the TTIP debate, but this week Labour MEPs had our first chance to vote for what we do and do not want to see in the Transatlantic Trade and …

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It ain’t broke. So why fix it?

iStock_000045246300_SmallJust around the corner from my UK office, at the Attenborough Nature Reserve, a pair of bitterns have produced chicks for the first time.

I understand that even for the most hardened “twitchers” a sighting of this shy bird is …

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