Archive of: 2012

Yorkshire MEP welcomes guitarist Brian May’s ‘Stop the Badger Cull’ campaign to Brussels

18 October 2012

Linda McAvan, MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, met with Queen star Brian May this week on his visit to the European Parliament as part of his campaign to stop the British government's badger cull. Brian, campaigning alongside the RSPCA and other animal welfare groups, came to Brussels to speak to Labour MEPs about supporting a ban on British farmers killing badgers, and moving towards an EU approved vaccination.

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Linda backs campaign to teach emergency life support skills in schools

10 October 2012

Linda has joined with other Labour MEPs calling on the government to include emergency life support skills as part of the national curriculum. The British Heart Foundation and Resuscitation Council are leading the campaign, urging Education secretary Michael Gove to ensure these potentially lifesaving skills are taught in schools.

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Labour MEP fights to end abusive commodity speculation

27 September 2012

Linda joined other Labour MEPs yesterday in supporting a Stop Food Speculation protest held in Brussels (26th September). Campaign Groups from all over the EU - Friends of the Earth (UK), the World Development Movement, SOS Faim (Belgium) and Campact! (Germany) - combined in force in Brussels yesterday pressurising MEPs to ban banks from selling financial products where profits are calculated on the price of commodities.

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Linda backs consumer campaign for honest fish labelling

24 September 2012

Linda voted with other Labour MEPs yesterday to support an amendment that will enable shoppers to know the date their fish was caught, rather than the date it was landed. The right wing majority in the European Parliament voted down the amendment, however. A recent survey conducted by the magazine "Which?" has indicated that eight out of ten British consumers want to know the date their fresh fish is caught.

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Linda invites European Commissioner to visit Barnsley

24 September 2012

European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard visited Barnsley on Thursday following an invitation from Linda. The Commissioner was invited to our region to see just how much European Regional Development Funding has allowed Barnsley to achieve, combined with Barnsley’s aspirations for a low carbon, sustainable future.

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Linda wins 'fracking' vote in Parliament

21 September 2012

"We should make sure that strict regulation is in place before - and not after - shale gas development starts," said Linda, after winning a vote in the European Parliament's Environment Committee this week. The environment committee adopted a report that calls for a review of both European and national law relating to the exploitation of shale gas and calls for constant monitoring of the practice. Shale gas is extracted using a technique called ‘fracking’ where rock is blasted with hydraulic fluid to create cracks and fissures.

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