Euro MPs today confirmed their commitment to fight for a single seat for the European Parliament in Brussels in a vote on the EU's long-term spending plans from 2014.
Commenting after the vote, local Euro MP Catherine Bearder said:
"Liberal Democrats are calling for major cost savings in the EU Budget and the campaign to scrap the Strasbourg Parliament is a key element of this.
"Scrapping the Strasbourg seat alone could save over £180m a year. How can the European Parliament spend £180 million a year on moving to Strasbourg every month, as well as paying the permanent staff there to do nothing whilst we are in Brussels, when teachers and nurses are losing their jobs because of public spending cuts?"
"Legally, the decision to have a single seat for the European Parliament needs to be taken by national governments. But today the European Parliament gave national leaders the signal they have asked for."
"Getting MEPs to travel to Strasbourg every month is like asking Westminster MPs, their staff, papers and the whole parliamentary support staff to move from the Houses of Parliament from London to Liverpool once a month!"
"Every month 736 MEPs, thousands of staff and lorries carrying 3500 trunks full of paperwork trundle there and back- it's crazy."
"I have written to the Prime Minister and asked him to respect the MEPs decision when it comes to discussing this issue with the governments of other EU countries."