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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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Recent updates

  • Isle of Wight Farm
    Article: Sep 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has called on the European Commission to step in and help dairy farmers hit by Russian ban on agricultural products from the EU.

    Following a debate today in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on what the EU can do to respond to the Russian embargo, Mrs Bearder said that it was especially important to take action to help stabilise the price of milk following a collapse in the dairy market.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Petition: Sep 15, 2014

    Catherine Bearder is pressing for action to scrap roaming charges in the EU altogether by December 2015.

    Already charges have been halved from July 1st following Lib Dem campaigns. In April the European Parliament voted to abolish roaming fees in the EU by December 2015 but this now has to be agreed with national governments in the EU Council.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Sep 10, 2014

    European Commission President Juncker today announced that Lord Jonathan Hill will be assigned the portfolio of financial services once he takes up his post as Britain's EU Commissioner.

    Commenting, Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder, said:

    "Today's appointment demonstrates that Britain continues to wield significant influence in Europe.

  • Norman Lamb at Jenner Institute
    Article: Sep 9, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has called on the EU to secure future funding for an international Ebola vaccine trial being led by the Jenner Institute at Oxford University.

    During the trial, which was launched last week, the vaccine will be tested on 60 healthy volunteers at the Oxford Vaccine Centre at the Churchill Hospital. If successful, the vaccine will then be distributed to high-risk communities in African countries currently suffering from the deadly outbreak.

  • Pupil Premium
    Article: Jul 16, 2014

    Thousands of disadvantaged schoolchildren across the South East are reaping the benefit of the Pupil Premium, Local Euro MP Catherine Bearder said today.

    Figures show that more youngsters from poorer backgrounds in local authorities across the region achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C grade than those in 2012.

  • Students
    Article: Jul 10, 2014

    The number of UK students receiving EU grants to study abroad in 2012/2013 has increased to a record high of 14,572, up 7% from the previous year.

    However, despite the increase the UK still remains behind other major EU countries. Spain sent out the most students for studies (39,545) followed by Germany, France, Italy and Poland, with the UK in 6th place. Spain also remained the most popular destination for studies abroad (31,592) followed by France, Germany and the UK - which hosted 27,182 Erasmus students.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Jul 8, 2014

    More than 91,000 carers in the South East will receive a bonus worth up to £250-a-year under a Liberal Democrat government, it has been announced.

    The no strings attached Carer's Bonus will help more than one million people who look after disabled loved-ones.

    The annual payment will help full-time carers get a bit of extra help and recognises the invaluable contribution they make to society.

  • Recycling in action
    Article: Jul 3, 2014

    Local councils could be required to recycle 70% of household waste and 80% of packaging by 2030, under new EU proposals announced yesterday by the European Commission.

    The proposal would also see a total ban by 2025 on sending waste to landfill that could have been recycled. According to the Commission the new targets could create over half a million jobs across the EU.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Jul 2, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has today been elected to a top job in the European Parliament.

    Catherine was voted in as a 'Quaestor' a position that means she will be responsible for helping to manage the day-to-day running of the Parliament.

    Catherine has said she will use the position to increase transparency in the European parliament, making more information available to MEPs and to the people they represent.

  • Money Pension
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    Pensioners would be guaranteed to earn at least an extra £790 per year by the end of the next parliament under Liberal Democrat manifesto plans, Pensions Minister Steve Webb has announced.

    These changes mean the state pension will be worth at least £131-a-week by 2020, up from just £97.65 four years ago and is expected to benefit nearly 1.5 million pensioners in the South East

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