After South Central’s Conference in October, I was delighted to be able to attend South East’s Conference in Reigate last month. As usual, it was a great opportunity to meet up with old friends and colleagues.
What was striking was the great attendance and the high proportion of new members – please let me extend a warm welcome to those people once again here.
I was humbled to be able to lead the two minutes’ silence to mark Remembrance Day – I had never done this before and it left me feeling quite emotional – thank you to the region for inviting me to do this.
This season I was pleased to welcome two groups of Liberal Democrats – a group from Essex and Taunton Deane local party. They enjoyed a trip to the Hemicycle, hearing more about the role of an MEP and how the European Parliament functions.Read more
I called for the Environment Committee meeting along with UK MEPs Julie Girling and Seb Dance as an initiative to get non-UK MEPs to start thinking about the potential threats Brexit poses to the environment. We had excellent speakers from the British Medical Association, Sheffield University, Which? And many more.Read more
On voting for the European Parliament’s Resolution to allow Brexit talks to continue, Catherine Bearder MEP commented:Read more
As the negotiations continue I am absolutely flabbergasted neither side has been able to come to an agreement on a standalone deal.Read more
Welcoming nearly 25 of our MPs and Peers over to Brussels was an eye opening experience - for all of us!Read more
South Central conference is a great opportunity for me to meet with people from my region, to feed back my experiences of what's going on in Brussels both with my Parliamentary work and with the Brexit negotiations.Read more
As I walked around the field of RSPB's Otmoor site it became clearer and clearer to me that no one has a clue what measures will be put into place to protect the environment in the long term when we leave the EU.Read more
This year was an absolutely packed conference for me and my team - we organised two fringes ourselves and collaborated on a further two.Read more
A conservative estimate of the number of refugees now displaced in France stands at 5,600 but there are figures which suggest it could be closer to 8,000 – that’s not to mention the 1,500 unaccompanied minors.