Labour MEP welcomes EU investment in former Derbyshire colliery site

An East Midlands MEP has welcomed a £6 million investment from the EU into a former colliery site near Bolsover that has been derelict for decades. Thanks to a project led by Derbyshire County Council, the site is being transformed …

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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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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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New rules on public procurement

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This week the European Parliament voted through new rules on the awarding of public procurement contracts.

Readers will no doubt remember the disappointment in our region when Derby-based …

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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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Labour MEPs support budget for jobs and growth

Piles of eurosLabour MEPs yesterday voted to support the deal achieved last week on the EU’s Multiannual-Financial Framework. The deal is good for UK citizens, with savings being made across the board. This agreement will allow much needed investment in jobs and …

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Coalition Plan to Cut Regulation Won’t Help Our Economy

So yesterday we’ve heard the Government’s latest ‘plan‘ to stimulate growth in our economy, with David Cameron unveiling a one-year relaxation on planning regulations for people wanting to extend their homes, along with a change in the rules …

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Our priority should be jobs – not a referendum that would put jobs at risk

Once again we have been forced to witness an out-of-touch Conservative Party tearing itself apart over Europe. The government was always going to win the EU referendum vote, and Parliament has made the right decision. But David Cameron has been

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