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Essex MEP Alex Mayer joined Braintree shoppers as they called for a global ban on testing cosmetics on animals this Friday 

The local Labour MEP is backing the Body Shop’s campaign calling for the United Nations to adopt an international convention that will end animal testing for cosmetics products and ingredients across the world by 2020.

Ms Mayer spoke to Store Manager Leanne Clarke and assistant manager Cerys Ede who explained that they have already collected hundreds of signatures on a petition in the local store since the start of the campaign 2 weeks ago, before encouraging more shoppers to add their names too.

Cosmetics testing on animals has been banned across Europe since 2003, but despite the widely available alternatives to animal testing around today, there are still no laws banning animal testing on cosmetic products and ingredients in 80% of the world.

The Body Shop are aiming to get 8 million signatures on their petition.

Ms. Mayer, who is a member of the cross-party European Animal Welfare Group said: “Britain is a nation of animal lovers, so I am sure everyone in Braintree will want to get behind this campaign.

“Animal testing on products and ingredients is outdated, cruel and unnecessary but sadly over 500,000 animals are used by the cosmetics industry every year. It is time that we stood up for the animals that can’t stand up for themselves and end animal testing for good. So let’s make sure the Body Shop’s campaign is a success - that will make me a happy bunny!”

Local people can sign the petition at the Body Shop or online at: https://e-activist.com/page/9704/petition/1

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HitchinMarket.jpgCould Brexit threaten the future of authentic French baguettes on the streets of Hitchin?

As Francophiles commemorate the storming of the Bastille by demolishing their own fair share of tasty French breads, cheeses and pastries at the France at Home market, local MEP Alex Mayer has warned of stormy times ahead for the traders who cross the Channel.

 

Alex Mayer MEP met France at Home’s Manager, Muriel Charles, a member of the Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, who will give the Hertfordshire MEP a gastronomic tour of France and explain the history of their business which held its very first French Market in the UK back in 1994. They provide decadent French delicacies and delights for all to enjoy, from baguettes and brie to macarons and madeleines.


Ms Charles will express concern over what will happen to their business post-Brexit saying: “We feel very lucky to come to the UK, which has been so welcoming to us since we began, and has been very successful for us. We are worried, and we are waiting to see what the impact will be on our business, as well as what relationship the UK will have with France.”

Currently as a full member of the lucrative Single Market, French and British traders alike can sell their tasty goods to each other free from quotas, caps, as well as taxes and tariffs. Traders can also pass the through the super smooth Channel crossings with no checks needed, thanks to universal rules on food standards and packaging which make it safe for food to cross the borders of the two countries unhindered.

The UK imports over £700 million in baked goods, cakes, chocolates and sweet treats from France every year, with a total of £20 billion of EU imports coming to Hertfordshire and the East. However, with a drop in the value of the British pound by around 10% against the Euro since the Brexit vote just over a year ago, it has become more costly to import foods making them more expensive to put in your basket.

Labour MEP Alex Mayer said: “I love French food, so I’m delighted to be trying some gastronomic delights this Bastille Day. But I’m worried that without the same benefits of the Single Market after Brexit, our economy will suffer, which could spell an end to these tasty treats in Britain.”

 

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Local Member of the European Parliament Alex Mayer has repeated her call for the United Kingdom to stay in Euratom following today's debate in Parliament.

MPs discussed Euratom, an entirely separate treaty from our membership of the EU, signed in 1957 with the purpose of creating a single market for nuclear knowledge and resources in the peaceful pursuit of science and nuclear energy, at a Westminster Hall session this morning.

During a recent visit to Sizewell B in Suffolk Ms Mayer re-iterated Labour’ opposition to withdrawal from Euratom which provides safeguarding inspections for all civilian nuclear facilities in the UK, including, Sizewell. It is the legal owner of all nuclear material, and is the legal purchaser, certifier and guarantor of any nuclear materials and technologies that the UK purchases. This includes our nuclear trade with the United States.

Ms. Mayer said: “Theresa May’s obsessional approach makes her want to tear up our membership of an organisation on which 21% of UK electricity generation relies and that supports a critical industry providing 78,000 jobs.”

“Britain needs a close co-operative partnership with the EU after Brexit. The Euratom situation shows the wider problem with the Prime Minister’s extreme and reckless approach to Brexit, which is putting British jobs at risk.”

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