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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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  • Article: Nov 26, 2014

    Catherine Bearder MEP's speech in the European Parliament on UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, 25th November 2014.

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    Article: Nov 26, 2014

    A new report published by World Animal Protection, an organisation campaigning to stop animal cruelty, shows that out of 43 Police forces in England and Wales Surrey and Thames Valley were found to be in the bottom 13, while Hampshire and Sussex were found to be in the top 12 for measures to protect wildlife against cruelty.

  • Plastic bags
    Article: Nov 25, 2014

    A law to curb plastic bag use in the EU has been approved by Euro-MPs in a key vote this evening in the European Parliament Committee in Strasbourg.

    The new targets will require EU countries to reduce annual plastic bag use to 90 bags per person by 2019 and 40 bags per person by 2025, almost five times lower than the EU average in 2010.

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    Article: Nov 24, 2014

    Former Conservative Environment Minister Owen Paterson is making a speech today in which he urges the Conservative Party to commit to set in motion the process of leaving the EU by invoking article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "Owen Paterson's proposal would be a disaster for investment, jobs and Britain's influence in the world.

  • Article: Nov 20, 2014
  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 20, 2014

    Today the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice rejected the UK's objections to the EU cap on bankers' bonuses in an opinion. A final ruling by the court on the challenge is not expected until next year.

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder commented:

    "This cap was introduced to prevent the kind of excessive risk-taking that led to the financial crisis.

  • World Toilet Day
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    South East Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has today launched a European Toilet Declaration calling on all EU countries to back a global commitment on ensuring sanitation and drinking water everywhere by 2030.

    More than 10 million children have died from preventable diseases caused by a lack of sanitation since 2000 and one in three of the world's population lacks access to a basic toilet.

  • Caring for Our Environment
    Article: Nov 19, 2014

    Today the European Court of Justice clarified that the UK should have applied for an extension for failing to meet EU air pollution limits in 16 out of 40 zones, including Greater London.

    The EU limits on nitrogen dioxide should have been reached by 2010, but this could have been extended to 1st January 2015 if local authorities had submitted action plans showing how the limits would be met.

  • Article: Nov 17, 2014
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    Article: Nov 13, 2014

    Ahead of the adoption by the new Commission of its work programme for 2015, President of the European Commission Jean- Claude Juncker has drawn up a "kill list" of legislative proposals from the previous Barroso Commission to be considered for withdrawal.

    A letter outlining the proposals to be scrapped, co-signed by Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, was sent to the 26 other European commissioners last Friday. Included in the list are legislative proposals to improve air quality as well as the review of waste policy, the key "green growth" proposal put forward by the Barroso Commission and presented in July.


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