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Catherine at Johnston Sweepers

Thank you for visiting my website. I am a 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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  • Cyclist Jane Oseman keeps a wary eye on a large lorry at the Green Long Eaton
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed a European Parliament vote to improve lorry safety through tougher design standards today, with 604 MEPs voting in favour.

    Under changes pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal and could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

  • Catherine and Elephants
    Article: Apr 9, 2014

    In a landmark event the Belgian government has destroyed more than 1.5 tonnes of ivory seized in the port of Antwerp and Zaventem Airport.

    Mrs Bearder, who attended the event today, is now calling on all customs officials to receive the same training as those in Belgium to ensure customs staff are aware of the ways in which ivory can be disguised in luggage.

  • Trafficking Image
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    A recent human trafficking case in which women were trafficked into the UK to take part in sham marriages has lead to Europol issuing warnings to law enforcers of the prevalence of this kind of trafficking.

    The trafficking took place in early 2013 by a criminal gang who lured Hungarian women into the UK through the Port of Dover, but once on British soil the gang forced the women to take part in marriages to men waiting here in the UK.

  • Catherine at Johnston Sweepers
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Britain's manufacturers have set out a plea for Britain to remain in the EU while detailing a radical plan, ensuring British industry's voice is heard and keeping Britain at its heart.

    The proposals from EEF, the manufacturers' organisation are contained in 'Europe - A Manifesto for Growth'.

    In its EU manifesto, designed to promote growth and boost industry, EEF calls on Britain to take a leading role in Europe and focus more on the lucrative multi-billion pound trade deals and extending the highly valuable single market. According to its latest survey 85% of manufacturers would vote to remain in the EU.

  • Catherine
    Article: Apr 4, 2014

    Following the Nick Clegg v Nigel Farage debates round 3 is now taking place in Maidstone.

    Local Euro candidates Catherine Bearder MEP and Janice Atkinson will battle it out at Oakwood Park Grammar school in Maidstone on the evening of April 30th .

    The arrangements have been finalised in the aftermath of the recent debates between the leaders of the two parties galvanising the European elections debate.

  • Norman Lamb at Jenner Institute
    Article: Apr 3, 2014

    Lib Dem Health minister Norman Lamb has visited Oxford's top medical research facility, the Jenner Institute, to see the important work they're doing in the fight against TB and Malaria and learn about how that worked is supported by the European Union.

    Norman was asked to visit the Jenner Institute by Catherine Bearder, local member of the European Parliament and they were joined by Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, Layla Moran.

  • Hyundai
    Article: Apr 2, 2014

    A report released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) clearly demonstrates the critical importance of EU membership to the survival of the UK car industry.

    With half of Britain's exports sold in the EU (a third of all vehicles produced in the UK), it is no wonder that 92% of SMMT members want to stay in and 47% say there would be a negative or very negative impact on their business if Britain left.

  • jobs
    Article: Mar 31, 2014

    A new study has found that millions of jobs could be at risk if Britain decided to exit the EU.

    The research found that around 4.2 million jobs, or one seventh of the UK workforce, now depend on British exports to the rest of the EU.

    Conducted by the independent think tank, the Centre for Economics and Business Research, the study found that the number of jobs in the South East supported by exporting to the EU now stands at 538,988, a 17.5% increase since the last study of this kind in 2000. This means that approximately one in nine jobs in the South East now depend on trade with Europe.

  • End Roaming Charges
    Article: Mar 26, 2014

    Local Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder has uncovered new figures showing that EU caps on mobile roaming charges have saved consumers an estimated £8bn over the past five years.

    This was in a response to a question tabled by Mrs Bearder to the European Commission, which has overall responsibility for enforcing the caps.

  • flood
    Article: Mar 25, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP, Catherine Bearder, has written to a number of local councils urging them to apply for EU regional development funding for building flood defence infrastructure.

    Lib Dem Euro MPs wrote to Owen Paterson MP back in January of this year after receiving assurances from Johannes Hahn, the commissioner responsible for solidarity and regional funding, that the UK would be eligible to apply.


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