Caroline Voaden and I met up for coffee and a chat this week to get our heads around the recent dramatic Withdrawal Agreement Bill vote in Westminster, and what happens next here in the European Parliament.
Category: European Parliament
Our place in Europe: Taking real action on climate change
Little by little, MEPs like me are using our positions in the European Parliament to turn words into real action on climate change and deforestation.
Scrutinising the new European Commission
In the European Parliament, MEPs take part in hearings to scrutinise proposed new members of the European Commission.
This is something that is really common in the European Parliament, and similar scrutiny processes are seen as far away as the U.S. Congress, but not in Westminster.
I’d love to bring a system like this back to Westminster. Maybe if we stop Brexit we can learn how to make British democracy even better.
In defence and security co-operation, there is no good Brexit
Peace, defence, security. Amongst all the talk of trade deals these aren’t always the issues at the forefront of the Brexit debate. They should be.
Vice-Chair of the Iran Delegation
I’m delighted to have been elected as the Vice-Chair of the European Parliament’s Iran Delegation.
This is a worrying time in the Persian Gulf. If we can play a small part in the European Parliament in promoting peace in the region then I think we’ll be doing something very valuable indeed.
If I can play a small part in that I’ll be deeply honoured and very proud to be representing Britain as an MEP taking part in the European Union as a real peace project – not just for peace within our own borders, but around the world.