Open letter: Gender pay gap

Dear Editor,

This week, Labour MEPs voted in favour of a report calling for the law on equal opportunities in employment to be updated and strengthened across the EU, with targets to combat the gender pay gap. Disappointingly, Tory MEPs …

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Cameron should be working for EU-wide answer to refugee crisis, not acting in isolation

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed the announcement that Britain will resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees over the next five years, but called on the Prime Minister to do more to work for an EU-wide solution to the crisis.

Glenis Willmott, …

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Open letter: Working mothers deserve better


David Cameron’s lack of regard for women’s rights has yet again been highlighted this week.

Sadly, the EU’s draft Maternity Leave Directive has been officially withdrawn after it was blocked by a number of national governments, including the …

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Terrible coincidence – Terrible betrayal

Riccall Colliery ClosureIt’s a terrible coincidence that, on the thirtieth anniversary of the miners’ strike, we should be hearing about the threat to Thoresby Colliery in Nottinghamshire with the jobs of 600 miners at risk, with Kellingley pit in North Yorkshire also …

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It won’t happen like this . . . but if it did . . .

ballot boxWith party conferences and frontbench  reshuffles now behind us, political parties are now shifting their attention towards the next set of elections – the last nation-wide contest before the General election – the elections to the European Parliament in May …

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Clarke fires a salvo as Tories battle lines are drawn

iStock_000009853717XSmallThe battle lines in the Tory party over Europe are being drawn up, and today, Minister without Portfolio Ken Clarke, at the launch of the cross-party campaign for British Influence through Europe, nailed his colours once again to …

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After the wait, Cameron leaves us with more uncertainty

EU UK FlagsCameron has finally delivered his much anticipated speech on Europe.  Thanks to the long wait, we largely knew what he was going to say before he actually said it.  Nevertheless, where we might have hoped for more detail and clarification, …

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European Elections – the UKIP threat to Cameron

iStock_000001911887XSmallThe next elections to the European Parliament will take place in 18 months’ time in June 2014.

So it’s been interesting in the last couple of weeks to see a couple of opinion polls showing voting intention specifically for those

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Winds of change over Europe?

IMG_4868I wrote just before Christmas that it was time for more people to stand up and be counted regarding the importance of Britain’s place in Europe.  As I said then, for too long, people in positions of power and influence, …

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Cameron plays political games with our country’s security

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, announced on Monday that the Government intends to opt-out of around 130 EU policing and criminal law measures.  They then plan to opt back in to certain measures, although this would have to be …

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