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Catherine at Johnston Sweepers

Thank you for visiting my website. I am the Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South East England.

On this website you can find information about my work fighting for jobs for the people of South East England, campaigning against the horrendous crime of trafficking, and protecting our environment.

If there are issues I can help you with please get in touch.

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  • Elephants
    Article: Feb 27, 2015

    China has this week temporarily banned the import of ivory carvings in a victory for the fight against poaching. Most trade in ivory is illegal under int

    ernational law, but exemptions for ivory carvings have been used as a loophole by smugglers to sell ivory from poached elephants in China.

    The move comes after an open letter was sent by charity Action for Elephants UK calling on Chinese President Xi Jinping to end the ivory trade, co-signed by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder who is campaigning for the EU to step up the fightagainst wildlife crime.

  • Chicken
    Article: Feb 26, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder is calling on the European Commission to set EU limits for campylobacter levels in poultry meat, in wake of results published today showing that three-quarters of fresh chickens sold in the UK are contaminated with the food poisoning bacterium.

    A study by the European Food and Safety Authority has estimated that cases of the potentially life-threatening illness could be cut by between 50% and 90% if EU limits on campylobacter, similar to those already in place for salmonella, were put in place.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    The European Parliament's Environment Committee has voted to radically overhaul the EU's carbon market by 2018. The reform would see a mechanism introduced to tackle the growing surplus in emission allowances that has led to a dramatic fall in the EU's carbon price in recent years.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said: "These crucial reforms will permanently plug the hole in the EU's carbon market and boost long-term green investment.

  • Humphrey Feeds
    Article: Feb 24, 2015

    Euro MP, Catherine Bearder, visited Humphrey Feeds in Twyford along with parliamentary candidate, Jackie Porter, to discuss European Commission proposals to implement changes to the organic farming industry.

    Local farmer, Martin Humphrey voiced his concerns about the changes that could lead to a drop in organic production across the EU.

  • Rabbit
    Article: Feb 23, 2015

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder is calling on the EU to outlaw battery caged rabbits, following an investigation by Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) which found millions of rabbits being kept in horrendous conditions across Europe.

    Approximately 330 million rabbits are reared for meat every year in the EU, making them the second most farmed species in the EU. The vast majority of these rabbits are factory farmed in small wire cages that severely limit movement, causing high levels of injury, stress and disease.

  • Eastbourne fishing plans
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Fishermen in Eastbourne met with Catherine Bearder MEP and Stephen Lloyd MP to discuss EU funding for their developments in Sovereign Harbour.

    Catherine has been a long-term supporter of the Eastbourne fishermen since she was first elected in 2009 advising them on EU funding for development of their site but also standing up for them in Parliament to get the best deal for small-scale fishermen.

  • Chicken
    Article: Feb 18, 2015

    Which's annual report on food hygiene enforcement in the UK showed a number of South East councils to be among the worst in Britain.

    The report shows a number of councils in the South East are failing in their duty to police food hygiene standards including Thanet and Medway in Kent which are in the worst10 and 20 percent of councils respectively and Elmbridge and Crawley which are in the worst 30 percent.

  • speed camera
    Article: Feb 12, 2015

    Police forces across the South East are being urged to make use of a new EU law that will make it easier to track down and fine foreign nationals who commit speeding and other traffic offences in the UK.

    Currently most foreign drivers detected by speed cameras are not registered with the DVLA and so avoid paying speeding fines. Last year 3,580 speeding offences were committed by foreign motorists in Thames Valley alone, more than anywhere else in the UK.

  • missing
    Article: Feb 11, 2015

    Euro-MP Catherine Bearder is calling for millions of pounds worth of EU funding to be restored for a vital helpline that has helped thousands of missing young people and their families.

    The 116000 helpline is a 24-hour number that gives emotional and practical support to missing children and their relatives across the EU. It is provided by different organisations in each country, allowing them to work together across borders to locate missing children.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Feb 11, 2015

    A majority of MEPs have backed a Liberal Democrat amendment calling for the Chilcot Inquiry to be published in a European Parliament resolution today, with 374 MEPs voting in favour and 284 against.

    MEPs also gave their support to calls for a full inquiry to be launched into the UK and other EU governments complicity in CIA torture programmes, in particular following allegations that CIA interrogations took place on the British territory of Diego Garcia


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