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Opinion: How my life changed forever – 100 days in!

At the start of this year I was a Lib Dem from Yorkshire working and studying in London who according to some journalists was an “unknown” – although I was quite well known in certain Lib Dem circles, especially for my quiches! The resignation of Diana Wallis, as Lib Dem MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber changed all that.

In 2009 I was third on the Lib Dem list for Yorkshire and the Humber. When you are third on a regional list and the …

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European Parliament overwhelmingly rejects ACTA

The culmination of weeks of campaigning and lobbying against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) came this morning, as the European Parliament voted 478 to 39 to reject it, despite the fact that twenty-two member states, including the United Kingdom, had already signed it. As a result, the Agreement is now likely to become irrelevant without the support of European Union nations.

The Agreement had already been rejected by five Committees of the European Parliament, and despite attempts by Conservative MEPs to defer the vote, as urged by UNI MEI, a “global union for the Media, Entertainment and Art Industries”, …

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Lib Dem MEPs help expose draft ACTA text

The secrecy surrounding Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has concerned me and many of my constituents as it has many MEPs. As a member of the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade, I met the European Commission in early March to discuss the unacceptable level of secrecy in which these negotiations are shrouded, and demanded that we in the European Parliament, as the only directly elected representatives of the public at European level, be given immediate access to the final draft of the consolidated negotiating text. You can view my question here.

Following severe criticism from myself and a number of my …

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    'The BBC interpretation of impartiality is a total joke.' I alway find it funny that Tories claim the BBC is staffed by pinkoes and the left claim the BBC is st...
  • Patrick Coleman
    A pleasure to read, and I agree with every word in this piece by the good Doctor...
  • Cassie
    It's sad that it takes an unelected chamber to save us from a government that has no respect for democracy. The government inserted the worst clauses into thi...
  • Paul Holmes
    This is why we need a properly elected revising chamber or Second Chamber. Unelected people should not be passing/amending laws in a democracy. Although of c...
  • Chris Moore
    Two issues are being mixed up. 1. Has David moved away from very illiberal positions held in the past when he was a leading light in CPA? The answer based on...