MEP Life 18- Strasbourg and the Commons vote on Withdrawal Act Bill (WAB)

Hello and welcome to MEP Life 18! After the joy of the People’s Vote march, I was off to Strasbourg on Monday for the monthly plenary session, where all MEPs come together to determine Parliament’s position on political issues and vote on the legislative work done in committees. The debates and votes can be found … Continue reading MEP Life 18- Strasbourg and the Commons vote on Withdrawal Act Bill (WAB)

MEP Life 17- Parliament, Protests and the Apprentices’ visit to Brussels!

So much seems to have happened in the last week! I will do my best to do it justice! On Monday I was appalled to watch the racist taunts in the football stadium at the game between England and Bulgaria. I have supported football as a football-Mum and local activist for community sports and there … Continue reading MEP Life 17- Parliament, Protests and the Apprentices’ visit to Brussels!

MEP Life 16- Brussels, Swinson and a week of #StopBrexit visitors

Another busy and exciting week in Brussels. You’ll recall the week before last we had a round of Commissioner-Designate hearings, which provided us MEPs with a great opportunity to scrutinise what are essentially incoming European Ministers. I was able to attend more last week, including, Margrethe Vestager’s, whose proposed portfolio is “Europe fit for the … Continue reading MEP Life 16- Brussels, Swinson and a week of #StopBrexit visitors

MEP hits back after fiery exchange in European Parliament

On Thursday, during a debate about Brexit in the European Parliament, Nigel Farage got up and dusted off a routine with which we’ve all become painfully familiar.“You’re not looking for solutions”, shouted the man who knows nothing but the politics of protest. “We are not dealing with people acting in good faith”, said perhaps the … Continue reading MEP hits back after fiery exchange in European Parliament

MEP Life 15- Interviews, Interrogations and a week of #Education

Last week the Committees met to interview the incoming Commissioner Designates (effectively European Ministers), senior politicians with one put forward by each member state, to lead work in a particular policy area. The people being interviewed will only get the job IF they pass the scrutiny of the Parliament. This is a process designed to … Continue reading MEP Life 15- Interviews, Interrogations and a week of #Education

March for Democracy, a view from the crowd

Chris here from Judith’s team writing again. A month ago, I reported from Reading Pride, and this weekend we went a little bit westward to the site of the First and the Second Battles of Newbury. We marched from Wash Common where scenes from nearly 400 years ago played a pivotal role in what came … Continue reading March for Democracy, a view from the crowd

MEP Life 13- Debates, Dogs and Demonstrations

Last week, it was back to Strasbourg last week for the big debate on the resolution on the state of play of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.  Debate was led by Juncker and Barnier, with Guy Verhofstadt taking a leading role as the Chair of the Brexit Steering Group. That said, this was a … Continue reading MEP Life 13- Debates, Dogs and Demonstrations

Voices from the Family of #StopBrexit

Throughout my time traveling across the South East and through various European Hubs as part of this role as MEP, there are people who have heartened me, inspired me and also challenged me to keep fighting for the #StopBrexit family. I wanted to introduce you to a few of them.... Chris from #remainernow spoke at … Continue reading Voices from the Family of #StopBrexit

MEP Life 12 – Conference, Chuka and more money for Erasmus

Greetings from Strasbourg. This week, MEPs were back at work, while the UK parliament continues to be suspended, with MPs unable to work together to solve the Brexit mess. Last week began in Brussels, where I met with other MEPs to talk about budget proposals for the Erasmus + and Horizon 2020 programme. I am … Continue reading MEP Life 12 – Conference, Chuka and more money for Erasmus

MEP Life 11- Parliament, Police and Proroguing

BRUSSELS Hello to you all, as you may have noticed, MEPs were back at work in Brussels, last week. The first week of the month is committee week, and I spent my formal working time considering plans and worries around 5G, budget provision for Erasmus and Creative Europe, and plans for Energy Transition with it … Continue reading MEP Life 11- Parliament, Police and Proroguing