Bearder elected Quaestor in the European Parliament

Catherine Bearder - Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0News reaches the Voice that Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder has become a Quaestor in the European Parliament:

Catherine was voted in as a Quaestor, a position responsible for helping to manage the day-to-day running of the Parliament and representing MEPs on its executive body, the Bureau.

She will be the UK’s only representative on the Bureau, which is responsible for overseeing the budget, administration and organisation of the European Parliament.

Catherine has said she will use the position to improve transparency, making more information available to MEPs and to the people they represent.

With a long history of environmental campaigning Catherine will also work towards reducing the parliament’s carbon footprint and cutting down on unnecessary waste, including by getting rid of free plastic water bottles and increasing recycling.

Catherine had this to say about her appointment:

I’m delighted to have been elected to this role. I have been championing environmental protection for years as an MEP and have always believed that you have to lead by example.

I now want to use this position to ensure that the European Parliament is run in the greenest way possible so that we truly practice what we preach.

We also need to improve people’s trust in the EU and its institutions, and that has to begin by improving transparency.

I’m determined to lift the lid on the inner workings of the European Parliament and ensure it is fully accountable to voters back home.

Best of luck to Catherine from everyone here at LDV — we hope the European Parliament will be equally as fascinating a place to hold the position as the Temple of Saturn.

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  • Congratulations Catherine. Can you use this position to step up in any way the campaign, now supported by a majority in the European Parliament, to stop the ludicrous and hideously expensive Brussels/Strasbourg trek?

  • Tony Rowan-Wicks 4th Jul '14 - 3:59pm

    Congratulations Catherine, the UK’s only representative on the Bureau, which is responsible for overseeing the budget, administration and organisation of the European Parliament. I note the usual posters are silent in congratulating you and your role – probably showing they don’t follow European Parliament. So may I stand in for them all and congratulate you from all who could not do so.

    Being green, transparent, and accountable to people by regular postings will be wonderful to improve any knowledge of the European Parliament. Most people here just follow the Daily Mail etc and give you the usual bad press. A new and clear voice is what all people in UK need. Open up the EP for us – good and bad news in clarity is most important for a balanced view back home. I’m sure you are aware that the press here will always give you a bad report but LDVoice will be receptive, apart from the usual suspects!

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