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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IMG_4868Last Sunday, Sunday Politics East Midlands included a debate between four of the region’s five MEPs.  There was Roger Helmer, a former Tory now representing UKIP, Bill Newton Dunn, a former Tory now representing the Libdems, and Emma McClarkin, a

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Labour MEP votes to support Fair Trade

fair trade bananEast Midlands Euro MP Glenis Willmott voted this week for new European rules that will make it easier for public authorities across the Region to buy Fair Trade produce.

Glenis said: “These new laws – for fairer public procurement –  …

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Start using EU funding – Labour call

UK & EU working togetherLocal Euro MP Glenis Willmott today called on the UK government to start funding programmes under the EU’s new budget as soon as possible.

Glenis, Labour MEP for the East Midlands said;   “We’re already into the new EU funding period …

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Standing up for fairness for all in Europe

world war 1 cemetery2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

It was the slaughter and devastation of that conflict, and the Second World War that followed within a generation, which were a major catalyst in producing the organisation …

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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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Europe – having your say

crowdI’m sometimes asked exactly how people can have a bigger say in what Europe does.   And I have every sympathy with people who want to get more involved in the complex – and lets’ face it – confusing decision-making process …

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Over a thousand pounds better off – putting a figure on the benefits of EU membership

iStock_000022686284XSmallJust under a year ago, Ed Miliband gave a speech to the CBI stating that it was clearly in Britain’s interests to remain in the European Union.

And I wrote shortly afterwards that it was time for UK businesses to …

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Labour MEPs ensure blacklisting is illegal under EU law

Hard Hat istockLabour MEPs have ensured there is not doubt that blacklisting is illegal under EU law, securing reinforced protection from blacklisting.

The European Parliament’s justice and civil liberties committee voted last night on reforms to EU data protection law. Labour managed …

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We’re all going on a (rights guaranteed) summer holiday

S and D UK delegation (EPLP) MeetingDavid SKINNER Going on holiday to Europe this summer?   There have never been greater safeguards for people travelling from country to country, more protection against the unexpected, or more guarantees for the tourist.

There’s a whole raft of rights and benefits that …

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