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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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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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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Why Britain should be proud of Baroness Ashton

baroness_ashton.jpgThe historic nuclear weapons deal reached with Iran is the result of years of diplomacy, dialogue and determination – much of it unseen and unheralded.

The agreement of Tehran to curb enrichment and increase access to inspectors shows the deal’s …

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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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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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Tory MEPs fail to support banking reform

iStock_000000494106XSmall (1)Labour MEPs today backed calls for fundamental changes to the structure of the EU banking sector.  Meanwhile, Conservative MEPs voted against the moves, despite the Tory government’s pledge to bring in banking reform in the UK.

Glenis Willmott, Labour’s Leader …

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Megatrucks – No thanks

GW crop In April, new proposals for HGV vehicles were published by the European Commission.  They’re causing a bit of a stir as critics are saying they could potentially allow so-called mega trucks to become the norm across Europe.

Labour MEPs have …

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Government putting safety of British citizens at risk

gwGlenis Willmott has warned that the Government would be putting the safety of British citizens at risk if it continues to try and go it alone on crime and justice, and opt out of EU co-operation measures, which are vital …

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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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