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European ParliamentThe much anticipated moment is finally here. Theresa May has written to the European Commission to inform them of her Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. We’ve known for months that this day would come, but for me as a pro-European, and for many others across Britain and Europe, it doesn’t make it any easier.

Sad Day for Britain As PM Triggers Article 50

The much anticipated moment is finally here. Theresa May has written to the European Commission to inform them of her Government’s decision to trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty.... Read more

Today I voted against CETA, having come to the conclusion it favours big business over people. Twitter was pleased but 141 characters doesn't leave much room for nuance.

I voted against CETA because it is the first trade agreement to use ‘negative listing’ rather than ‘positive listing’. I believe this sets a dangerous precedent. Negative listing means as a default all services are open to private tender, unless they are specifically listed as exemptions. No one has a crystal ball and even with the best will in the world there could be services we have not considered that we might in the future want to protect from privatisation. Meanwhile the ratchet mechanism, whereby services are liberalised permanently, complicates re-nationalisation.

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Why I voted against CETA

Today I voted against CETA, having come to the conclusion it favours big business over people. Twitter was pleased but 141 characters doesn't leave much room for nuance. I voted... Read more

This week marks the terrible anniversary of the murder of a 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD student.

Giulio Regeni, an Italian national, had travelled to Egypt to conduct fieldwork into independent trade unions in Egypt. Unexpectedly, he disappeared, and tragically, nine days later his body was found dumped by the side of the road showing signs of torture.

The brutal nature of his death shocked the world and yet one year on we are still far from knowing the truth of what happened.

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One Year On, Still No Truth For Giulio

This week marks the terrible anniversary of the murder of a 28-year-old Cambridge University PhD student. Giulio Regeni, an Italian national, had travelled to Egypt to conduct fieldwork into independent... Read more

This week a new TV drama hit Dutch TV screens about politics, intrigue and power. It promises to be a sexed up version of politics set in the European Parliament and I got wondering if it will ever make it to UK screens? One of the things I found about becoming an MEP suddenly, is how little I knew the landscape of my new surroundings.

Like many others I have watched enough Yes Minister and The Thick of It to have a rough idea not only of the inner workings of a ministerial office but also the kind of conversations, daily events and crises that can arise. Added to that with a diet of the West Wing, films like Primary Colours or latterly US House of Cards, I sort of feel that I could be left in Washington and I'd have a rough grasp of how politics operates there. But quite frankly, I would have found it easier to navigate my way around Hogwarts’ secret passageways than to first find my way around the European Parliament!

The new political TV show "Brussels"

This week a new TV drama hit Dutch TV screens about politics, intrigue and power. It promises to be a sexed up version of politics set in the European Parliament... Read more

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