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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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  • Hyundai
    Article: Feb 26, 2014

    Hyundai, which has its UK headquarters in High Wycombe, has joined the growing list of car manufacturers who warn of the affect leaving the EU could have on businesses operating in the UK.

    One of the UK's top-10 car manufacturers, Hyundai which has been growing at a rapid rate in the UK and currently employs 3,000 across the country, warned of the "barriers" a British exit could throw up to doing business in the UK.

  • E-Cigs
    Article: Feb 26, 2014

    Local MEP Catherine Bearder has given her backing to new EU rules that will ensure that electronic cigarettes can be sold as freely as their tobacco alternatives.


    Overruling national governments, the European Parliament defeated proposals to classify e-cigs as medicines, potentially greatly restricting their availability.

  • EU Aid Volunteers scheme
    Article: Feb 25, 2014

    Local Lib Dem MEP, Catherine Bearder is calling on young people in the South East to take advantage of a new EU scheme that will give thousands the opportunity to volunteer abroad in coming years.

    The EU Aid Volunteers scheme will fund placements in communities struck by natural disasters around the world including Haiti and Nicaragua. It will work with charities such as Save the Children UK, offering volunteers training as well as providing funding for travel, food and accommodation. In total it is estimated that 10,000 people from across Europe will be given the opportunity to volunteer worldwide in the next seven years.

  • End Roaming Charges
    Article: Feb 18, 2014

    A recent survey has found that 37% of Brits travelling to other parts of the EU turn their phones off due to current high roaming charges.

    Nearly half stated they would never use mobile internet in another EU country while 9 in 10 said they avoided using Facebook and Twitter when abroad.

    But it is not only tourists who are facing these high costs, businesses are also paying millions a year to stay connected during trips overseas.

  • Yalding Floods taken by Brian Clark
    Article: Feb 14, 2014

    Catherine Bearder MEP has welcomed yesterday's announcement that the government are drafting up proposals to apply for EU solidarity funding to help flood-affected communities across the UK.


    Catherine and her Lib Dem colleagues obtained assurance from the EU commissioner responsible for solidarity funding that the UK would be eligible back in January.

  • Catherine Giving Speech
    Article: Feb 12, 2014

    Roberto Azevêdo, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization, has warned that Britain may risk losing influence in trade negotiations if it were to quit the EU during a hearing this morning at the European Parliament's International Trade Committee.

    In response to a question from Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder, who asked what impact leaving the EU would have on the UK's place within the WTO, Mr Azevêdo stated:

  • Car in flood on A1
    Article: Feb 6, 2014

    Recent flooding across the South East has put paid to many people enjoying the festive and New Year season and now more rain threatens to continue the misery long into winter.

    Catherine Bearder is calling on County Councils to apply for EU funding to rebuild and develop flood defences.

    The EU Solidarity Fund, which has a budget of up to £414 million for 2014, was set up to provide financial assistance to EU countries struck by major national disasters.

  • No FGM
    Article: Feb 6, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEPs have written an open letter to EU High Representative Catherine Ashton and Development Commissioner Piebalgs calling on the EU to step up the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

    Commenting, International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone said:

    "I'm glad that MEPs are taking the fight against FGM to Brussels.

  • Flight Delay
    Article: Feb 5, 2014

    Air passengers who face delay or disruption will have an easier job getting compensation after MEPs voted to toughen European laws today.

    New rules mean passengers will be entitled to £250 compensation after three hours delay, and will be given the right to disembark after a maximum of three hours waiting on the runway.

  • Catherine Bearder and Jackie Porter
    Article: Jan 28, 2014

    A recent street poll by volunteers in Winchester and Alresford has found a clear majority in favour of staying in the EU.

    The survey carried out during January found that 58% of voters expressing a definite opinion would vote for the UK to stay in, whilst only 42% would vote to leave.

    Prospective MP Jackie Porter, who joined the volunteers in Winchester, said:


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