Archive of: 2011

December e-bulletin

16 December 2011

Cameron leaves UK isolated In politics like in life, you need friends and allies. David Cameron’s decision to exercise his “veto” may have won him plaudits in the right-wing press this week and put smiles on the faces of his Eurosceptic backbenchers, but it diminished Britain’s standing not just in Europe but in the rest of the world. Indications suggest that the US is far from impressed: Britain’s “special relationship” depends these days on our ability to act as a bridge between the EU and the US. No bridge, no influence.

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Linda McAvan's 2011 Annual Report

16 December 2011

Linda McAvan's 2011 Annual Report is now available to read online. It covers the major issues Linda has been working on over the past year in the European Parliament and in Yorkshire and the Humber.

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Ban on phosphates in detergents good news for environment

14 December 2011

A European Parliament vote which has outlawed the use of phosphates in laundry and dishwasher detergents has been hailed as a victory for the environment by Yorkshire and the Humber's Labour MEP Linda McAvan. The wide use of phosphates in detergents has led to dramatic increases in the amounts of damaging algae in rivers, lakes and seas across Britain and Europe. High levels of phosphates are responsible for a process called eutrophication which means excessive amounts of algae produce too much bacteria and not enough oxygen leading to an ecosystem’s aquatic plant life and fish being killed off.

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EU summit: Weak Cameron puts party before financial stability

09 December 2011

Many of you will no doubt have seen the result of last night’s EU summit with David Cameron’s veto leaving Britain isolated in what is threatening to become a two-tiered Europe. The summit's major ambition was to stabilize the eurozone and the economies of all EU countries. It was intended to show unity and leadership, a collective front determined to solve a financial crisis that is affecting all of Europe and of course the wider world.

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Yorkshire & Humber MEP calls for Europe-wide action on antibiotics crisis

17 November 2011

As more and more people are affected by infections and diseases resistant to antibiotics, Yorkshire & Humber MEP, Linda McAvan will tomorrow tell a major conference of senior doctors and pharmaceutical companies, "European countries must act together now to tackle the antibiotics crisis.”

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EU Commission fails to act on animal welfare

16 November 2011

The European Commission has failed to hear the concerns of thousands of campaigners for animal welfare by refusing to come forward with new rules on the transport of live animals. That's the message from Labour MEPs on the day that a long awaited review of EU legislation concluded that changes will not be proposed to the EU regulation covering the transport of live animals.

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