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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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  • Turtle Dove (BirdLife Malta)
    Article: Dec 4, 2014

    Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella has confirmed that the EU is taking on-going action against his home country of Malta over allegations it is breaking European law by permitting the hunting of migratory birds.

    Responding to a question by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, Mr Vella said the Commission has launched a formal infringement procedure and is currently assessing the Maltese government's reply to determine the next appropriate step.

  • Catherine Bearder
    Article: Dec 3, 2014

    MEPs today rejected the European Commission's decision to no longer label tar sands oil as highly polluting in a vote in in the European Parliament Environment Committee, with 38 in favour and 29 against.

    Under the Commission's decision in October, which came as part of an update to the EU's Fuel Quality Directive, oil from tar sands is to be given the same emission value as conventional petrol or diesel. This means its higher actual greenhouse gas emissions will not be accounted for.

  • Bicester
    Article: Dec 2, 2014

    Plans for a new garden city at Bicester must place environmentalism at their core, Oxfordshire Euro-MP Catherine Bearder has argued.

    The plans, which include a new railway station will include 13,000 new homes, on-site amenities and large areas of green space.

    Catherine commented: "It is clear there is a housing shortage in Britain and for this reason I welcome garden cities as a way to address this shortage.

  • Cycle For Freedom and OXCAT in Oxford
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    The latest human trafficking operation uncovered in Oxford last night shows us all we need to open our eyes to the signs of human trafficking.

    Last night at 8pm 20 police officers raided the Athena Guesthouse on Cowley Road in a coordinated operation with representatives from the City Council, the Kingfisher Unit and the specialist trauma team.

  • Farage
    Article: Nov 28, 2014

    MEPs this week overwhelmingly rejected a vote of no confidence in the European Commission put forward by UKIP and far-right MEPs, with 461 MEPs against and just 101 in favour.

    UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who proposed the motion along with MEPs from Marine Le Pen's Front National, was not present for the vote.

  • Carer's bonus
    Article: Nov 27, 2014

    The EU must take action to prevent a delay in millions of pounds worth of European funding for the South East, Liberal Democrat Euro MP Catherine Bearder has warned in a debate in the European Parliament.

    Local Economic Partnerships, which combine public and private institutions, will be given European funding but were asked to draw up detailed strategies outlining how they will spend it.

  • 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.

  • Catherine
    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.

  • Catherine B Header
    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.


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