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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Statement on the delay of TTIP vote

TTIPThousands of people in the East Midlands have contacted me regarding TTIP and the planned debate and vote this week. It is important to stress that this was on the Parliament’s resolution on TTIP and not on the final agreement.…

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Tales from the campaign trail (part 3)

Gloucester Local Election count at Oxstall's Tennis Centre. Checking the paperspicture by Mikal Ludlownews 22-5-14One of the most interesting aspects of knocking on doors is hearing the wide variety of concerns that your average voter has and trying to get to grips with solving them. Although the UK media understandably focuses on national news, …

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Labour MEP welcomes plan for 1600 extra nurses in the East Midlands

An East Midlands MEP has given her backing to Labour’s plan to recruit 20,000 extra NHS nurses, including 1,600 in the East Midlands alone. These extra nurses will join 8,000 more doctors, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives. …

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Tales from the campaign trail (part 2)

Outside Radmoor Centre 2As I continue campaigning in the run-up to this year’s all-important general election, I’ve been reminded recently of the old Bob Monkhouse joke: “They laughed when I said I was going to be a comedian.  Well, they’re not laughing now!” …

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Labour MEPs tell Juncker: Reform the EU and take action on zero-hours jobs

glenis chairLabour MEPs have called on the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to take action on workers being sent to other countries and paid low wages, insecure employment and zero-hours contracts. Mr Juncker took questions from MEPs at a …

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Bringing back high-quality apprenticeships is vital for our young people


This week marks National Apprenticeship Week which is a fantastic opportunity to bang the drum for apprentices and the huge opportunities and benefits apprenticeships offer to both individuals and society. It was first introduced by the last Labour government back …

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Now we can finally put public health ahead of the tobacco industry


Today is national No Smoking Day and MPs have finally voted to introduce plain cigarette packaging in England. The government first announced they would consider the proposals back in 2011 and held a consultation in 2012. They then appeared to …

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Labour MEPs vote for credit card fees cap to help small businesses

credit cards

Labour MEPs have voted in favour of capping charges for credit and debit card transactions which will save British businesses an estimated £480 million a year. The proposal was passed with 621 MEPs in favour and just 26 against, including …

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We cannot become complacent about LGBTI rights

Gay couple enjoying summer

It was announced this week that a Labour government would enable all gay men with historical convictions for ‘gross indecency’ to be pardoned, and loved ones can even request this after their death. Named after Alan Turing, the brilliant World …

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