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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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  • MEps for wildlife
    Article: Mar 5, 2015

    A cross-party group of MEPs and coalition of NGOs were launched yesterday to put wildlife crime at the top of the EU's agenda.

    Founded by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, "MEPs for Wildlife" will be led by one MEP from each of the European Parliament's seven political groups. Its central aim will be to increase the pressure on the Commission to propose and implement an EU Action Plan to tackle wildlife crime. It will be assisted in its work by a broad coalition of NGOs including the WWF, Wildlife Conservation Society, IFAW and Born Free Foundation.

  • Catherine bearder
    Article: Mar 4, 2015

    In a landmark judgement, the EU's General Court has annulled plans by the European Central Bank (ECB) to require companies handling large trades in euros to base themselves in the eurozone, ruling that this would go beyond the ECB's competence.

    The case was brought by the UK government, following concerns that the proposals could threaten London's status as Europe's financial capital and undermine the EU's single market.

  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Mar 4, 2015

    Commenting on the Oxford Serious Case Review, which found that between 2005 - 2010 there was almost no understanding of child sexual exploitation in Oxfordshire and high numbers of young girls had been found to be sexually exploited, human trafficking campaigner, Catherine Bearder, said:

    "We should all be really concerned to hear the results of the serious case review, unfortunately I'm not shocked. Human trafficking is far more widespread than many of us would care to admit, and it happens in every community. The big issue here is how long it went on with vulnerable girls being abused for so long without recognition by those who should have been protecting them.

  • 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.


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