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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: 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.

  • Catherine Bearder speaking on EU at Lib Dem Conference
    Article: May 26, 2014

    Following the re-election of Catherine Bearder MEP, the Lib Dem member of the European parliament for South East England, commented:

    "I'm delighted to be elected to represent the people of the South East once again.

    "It was a disappointing night and a bad result for the party but we knew that this election would be difficult. I'm truly sorry to have lost some excellent Lib Dem colleagues.

  • In Europe In Work - Maidstone
    Article: May 13, 2014

    The Liberal Democrat European election roadshow has dropped in on Maidstone bringing a message of the number of jobs that rely on our trading relationship with the EU.

    The rally was in Coxheath where Catherine Bearder MEP, Antony Hook and other Lib Dem Euro candidates unveiled a giant map showing where the jobs are in the South East dependent on trade with Europe.

  • Bainbridge International
    Article: May 2, 2014

    This week Hampshire MEP Catherine Bearder and Communities and Local Government Lib Dem Minister, Stephen Williams, made a special visit to a thriving Hampshire marine business to highlight the importance of the Marine Industry and EU trade to the region and local jobs.

    The Minister and the MEP were joined by local MP Mike Thornton at one of the longest established sail manufacturers, Bainbridge International, yesterday as part of the Liberal Democrat campaign to fight for British jobs and keep Britain in the EU.

  • Catherine at Shanklin Town Council
    Article: Apr 30, 2014

    South East MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed the news today that the Isle of Wight has been included in the final map submitted to the European Commission to be considered for Assisted Area Status Funding.

    Catherine has visited the Isle of Wight a number of times to discuss the bid with local businesses and organisations.

  • Southampton Uni
    Article: Apr 29, 2014

    Southampton Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, paid a visit to the University of Southampton Department of Psychiatry to see how they are tackling mental health problems across Europe and how this work has been supported by the European Union.

    The University has been awarded a number of grants by the European Commission to help train young scientists researching the cause and treatment of mental health problems across Europe.

  • Catherine with young people
    Article: Apr 29, 2014

    Catherine Bearder MEP is urging local young people to take advantage of a new EU education programme that is set to give nearly a quarter of a million young people in the UK European grants to study or work abroad over the next seven years.

    The new Erasmus+ scheme, which was launched yesterday (Mon 28) in the UK, will see its total funding increased by 40% to £12.1 billion, with the UK expected to receive over £100 million from the fund this year.


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