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  • River
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Local Euro-MP, Catherine Bearder, has today welcomed news that the European Parliament has backed proposals to tackle the spread of non-native animals and plants throughout the EU.

    Mrs Bearder has worked to raise this issue up the agenda and was instrumental in the new report.

    It is estimated that over the past 20 years more than 12,000 invasive species have been recorded in Europe, costing nearly £10 billion annually in damage to local ecosystems. In the UK, where there are an estimated 2,000 invasive species, the bill is thought to total at least £1.7bn a year.

  • Money
    Article: Apr 16, 2014

    Yesterday the European Parliament voted in favour of requiring large companies to provide greater information on their impact on society, such as the environmental and social impacts their operations have.

    The new rules will require the largest companies in the EU (around 6,000 in total) to disclose this information with their management reports.

  • Article: Apr 16, 2014

    New figures show the rate of unemployment has fallen below 7% for the first time since the recession. The number of people out of work dropped by 77,000 in the last three months, while total employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.

    There are now more people in work than ever before, with nearly 0.7 million more people in employment since this time last year, showing that the Lib Dem plan to create a million jobs is working.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The European Parliament has today voted by an overwhelming majority in favour of an EU proposal to develop key information documents for investment products known as PRIPS*.

    Commenting on today's vote Sharon Bowles MEP, who chairs the parliamentary committee responsible for shaping the proposals, said:

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    This evening the European Parliament will vote on the revised Markets in Financial Instruments legislation, so-called MiFID2, which now consists of a regulation and a directive.

    MiFID, in its original form and as now revised, is a comprehensive piece of securities and markets legislation that is envied by the US as being all in one place, with a single rule-maker. It is of particular importance to the UK as the centre of capital market activity for the EU and globally.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    The European Parliament has approved new rules to make big lorries safer for other road users and more fuel-efficient.

    Under changes pushed by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front widescreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Nick Clegg has called for the publication of the Chilcot report into the Iraq war, which identifies exactly what happened in the run-up to the conflict in Iraq.

    The Chilcot report includes about 200 cabinet-level discussions, 25 notes from Tony Blair to George W Bush and more than 130 records of conversations between the former US president and Tony Blair.

  • Cyclist Jane Oseman keeps a wary eye on a large lorry at the Green Long Eaton
    Article: Apr 15, 2014

    Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder has welcomed a European Parliament vote to improve lorry safety through tougher design standards today, with 604 MEPs voting in favour.

    Under changes pushed for by Liberal Democrat MEPs, the design of lorry cabs are set to be changed to reduce the number of blind spots under the front windscreen and the side of the vehicle. The new designs would also include safer cab fronts to reduce damage caused by impacts with cyclists and pedestrians. It is thought the proposal and could help prevent dozens of fatal accidents each year.

  • Article: Apr 15, 2014

    MEPs today gave their seal of approval to one of the most important pieces of consumer legislation to come through this mandate of the European Parliament.

    Following today's vote, which secures the agreement the Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee negotiated with the Council, any citizen of any background legally resident in the European Union now has the right to open a bank account with basic features.