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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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  • 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

  • Lion trophy
    Article: Feb 5, 2015

    A loophole that has allowed body parts from endangered lions to be imported into the EU as hunting trophies is set to be closed tomorrow in a move that has been welcomed by wildlife campaigners.

    The new rules will ban imports of lion hunting trophies into the EU from a number of West African countries where there is concern that lions are not being hunted sustainably, including Benin, Burkina Faso and potentially Cameroon. A survey last year found there has been a "catastrophic collapse" in the number of lions in West Africa, with only around 400 left in the wild.

  • flooding
    Article: Feb 4, 2015

    I am pleased to report I have had a number of positive updates you may not yet be aware of regarding the River Thames Scheme (RTS).

    Since writing to the seven councils charged with the task of finding £51.4 million funding shortfall I have had positive responses from Runnymede and Spelthorne Borough Councils promising they will be working with the other councils to find a funding solution. I am also working with the Windsor Liberal Democrats to lobby Windsor Council.

  • flooding
    Article: Jan 29, 2015

    Thousands of homes at high risk of flooding are to be given access to affordable insurance after the European Commission gave the go-ahead to a UK government scheme today.

    South East Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed the news and said it will complement efforts to boost flood defences in the area.

  • living waters
    Article: Jan 28, 2015

    Catherine Bearder visited Southampton along with Mike Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, to meet the organisers of two exciting maritime projects underway in the city.

    Catherine first met Dr Clive Bennett from Southampton University, who is developing plans for a 'Living Waters Aquarium' in the city on council land by the city walls and the West Quay shopping centre.

  • Catherine on Hastings Fishing Boat
    Article: Jan 26, 2015

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has pushed for small-scale fishermen to be exempt from a new EU ban on driftnets in a vote this week in the European Parliament.

    Driftnets are a type of fishing gear that trawls the surface of the ocean and which, when used on a large-scale, can have damaging effects on the environment, but which are also used occasionally by many small-scale fishermen.

  • Article: Jan 16, 2015

    Victims of trafficking should be protected, not treated as criminals. Watch Catherine Bearder's speech to the European Parliament here.

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