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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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  • 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

  • End Roaming Charges
    Article: Jun 30, 2014

    The cost of data roaming in the EU is being cut by more than half, from 36p to 16p, following new EU caps coming into force on 1st July.

    Making a phone call when travelling in the EU will now cost up to 15p a minute and text messages a maximum of 5p.

    However, under proposals being pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, roaming charges are due to be abolished in the EU altogether by December 2015.

  • Catherine at Shanklin Town Council
    Article: May 28, 2014

    South East MEP, Catherine Bearder, has said she is 'delighted' the Isle of Wight's Assisted Area Status (AAS), which will mean millions in funding, has been approved by the European Commission.

    Throughout the process to obtain the status Catherine has visited the island a number of times to discuss the bid with local businesses and organisations.

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