2nd Strasbourg Report
The second Strasbourg session this month has been something of a damp squib. This trip was deemed necessary in order to fulfil the parliament's commitment to hold 12 sessions a year in Strasbourg. The session was largely pointless, with attendance in the chamber even poorer than usual.
The EU supporting terrorists
Parliament is generally friendly to the idea of a Palestinian state.
I have written in the past of my belief in
as a basic
human right, and I remain committed to that ideal. I think that the situation
in Palestine is somewhat unique, and very delicate; and so in this case it
is extremely important that the Palestinian claim is handled carefully
and that the timing is right.
State of The Union
President Barroso made his annual state of the union address in Strasbourg this week. It was not well received, and this is the second time this month that the President has been given a rough ride. After the debate I published the following statement Click here
The EGF exists
in order to help redundant workers to retrain and to find new jobs.
a sizeable fund, with some €357
million having been spent so far.
Here is my speech to Parliament on the subject
Tories running scared....
It is possible for an MEP to question a speaker in the parliament by holding up a blue card to attract the attention of the president. I tried to question Conservative MEP Julie Girling, to ask her why the British government has never tried to access the EGF to help put people back into work. She refused to accept my question, which I considered to be somewhat rude, and certainly cowardly.
Campaign For A Referendum
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