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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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  • Why are you IN?
    Article: Apr 24, 2014

    Today, Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg launched the Liberal Democrats' 2014 European election campaign. The launch took place in Colchester at a rally with activists and supporters, followed by a public town hall-style Q&A session hosted by Heart FM.

    Speaking at the launch event, Nick Clegg said:

  • Money
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    The Investment Management Association (IMA), which represents the investment management sector and the investments of millions of pensioners and savers, has warned that losing access to EU markets could cause job losses and cost the UK Exchequer millions of pounds of tax revenue.

    Speaking to Antony Hook, Liberal Democrat European election candidate for the South East, an IMA spokesperson said:

  • Plastic bags
    Article: Apr 17, 2014

    This week the European Parliament voted in favour of dramatically cutting plastic bag use across Europe by 80% in 5 years.

    Figures from the European Commission show that more than 100 billion carrier bags are used every year within the EU, working out at an average of 200 per person. 8 billion of these end up as litter, many of them in Europe's seas including the English Channel and North Sea.

  • River
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Local Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, has today welcomed news that the European Parliament has backed proposals to tackle the spread of non-native animals and plants throughout the EU.

    Mrs Bearder has worked to raise this issue up the agenda and was instrumental in the new report.

    It is estimated that over the past 20 years more than 12,000 invasive species have been recorded in Europe, costing nearly £10 billion annually in damage to local ecosystems. In the UK, where there are an estimated 2,000 invasive species, the bill is thought to total at least £1.7bn a year.

  • Money
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Yesterday the European Parliament voted in favour of requiring large companies to provide greater information on their impact on society, such as the environmental and social impacts their operations have.

    The new rules will require the largest companies in the EU (around 6,000 in total) to disclose this information with their management reports.

  • 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.

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