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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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  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 22, 2014

    Conservative MEPs today confirmed they would abstain in a European Parliament vote to approve the new European Commission, which includes the UK's new EU Commissioner and Conservative Peer Lord Jonathan Hill.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "There was a real cross-party effort to build support for Lord Hill amongst MEPs so he could become EU Commissioner for financial services, a sector vital for the UK economy.

  • Jenner Institute Malaria Lab
    Article: Oct 21, 2014

    The European Commission has announced that it intends to rapidly mobilise funds from the Horizon 2020 research fund to help fund clinical trials searching for an Ebola vaccine such as the one taking place at the Jenner Institute, Oxford University.

    The Commission is working with the World Health Organisation and the European Medicines agency in order to define the most useful research to spend the funds on.

  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Oct 17, 2014

    Local charities dedicated to fighting human trafficking in Oxford took their message to the streets today. Oxford Community Against Trafficking (OXCAT) and Just Love were helped by the Cycle For Freedom team who stopped off in the city as part of their five-day tour of the country.

    The cycling team joined local activists in a flash mob through the town centre with a line of 100 people walking to the beat of a drum with their hands bound together before setting off on the final leg of their journey to London.

  • Nigel Farage
    Article: Oct 16, 2014

    UKIP's group in the European Parliament, the EFDD, has collapsed following the departure of a Latvian MEP Iveta Grigule.

    Parliamentary groups must have over 25 MEPs from at least seven different countries, and Ms Grigule's departure means the EFDD now only represent six countries. The loss of group status will mean less funding and less speaking time for UKIP MEPs, especially for former group leader Nigel Farage.

  • Ebola Virus
    Article: Oct 15, 2014

    EU rules on blood safety are in need of urgent revision to prevent the accidental spread of Ebola through blood transfusions, Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has warned in a letter to EU Health Ministers meeting tomorrow for an emergency summit in Brussels.

    Mrs Bearder pointed to a recent report from the European Centre for Disease Control (ECDC) warning that "specific guidelines" are needed to detect and control for blood donors who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Oct 8, 2014

    The European Commission has proposed changes to the fuel quality directive that would abandon obligatory labelling of tar sands oil as highly polluting.

    This new proposal would make it easier for Canada to export crude oil from tar sands into the EU.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said:

  • Open Your Eyes
    Article: Sep 30, 2014

    The National Crime Agency have released a report today (30/9) which shows that the number of people trafficked to be exploited in the UK has grown to more than 2,700.

    Commenting on the report, Liberal Democrat MEP and anti-trafficking campaigner, Catherine Bearder, said that this reminds us all to be aware of the signs of trafficking and exploitation and to open our eyes.

  • Turtle Dove (BirdLife Malta)
    Article: Sep 29, 2014

    Karmenu Vella, the candidate to be the EU's next Environment Commissioner, was faced with tough questions from MEPs today over what he will do to address the massacre of wild birds in his country of Malta, while TV presenter and environmental campaigner Chris Packham said EU rules on the protection of birds must be "defended at all costs."

  • Freelancers' petition attracts 7,000 signatures
    Article: Sep 25, 2014

    New freelancers' movement delivers manifesto and 7000 signatures to European Parliament.

    Catherine Bearder MEP met with members of the European Freelancers' Movement today, who handed over supporters' signatures and delivered a Manifesto raising a strong voice in support of independent and self-employed workers.

  • Open Your Eyes
    Article: Sep 25, 2014

    Operation Archimedes, the EU's biggest-ever coordinated crackdown on organised crime, has led to 1027 people arrested and 30 child trafficking victims being saved.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder said "This is tremendous work by a whole team of people, we should be very proud of the work they have done and very happy that vulnerable children are now safe tonight."


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