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Published on Thursday 17th April 2014
The damage to the Sussex economy if Britain leaves the EU was one of the top issues discussed in a meeting at Shoreham Port in West Sussex on Friday.
Giles Goodall, Liberal Democrat European candidate for South East England and Jemima Bland, Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for East Worthing & Shoreham met Rodney Lunn, Shoreham Port’s chief executive. David Edey, chairman of Eastbrook Liberal Democrats, also joined the meeting.
Mr Lunn pointed out that 1,600 people work in the port and much of the port’s trade is with Europe. It was important to maintain Britain’s influence within the country’s largest trading partner, he said.
On being in or out of the EU, Mr Lunn added: “If you’re not around the table, you’re on the menu.
Published on Tuesday 8th April 2014
Giles Goodall, Lib Dem MEP candidate for South East England, has today pledged to campaign for an end to the European Parliament's travelling circus by backing a Single Seat for the institution.
The duplication of European Parliament buildings and facilities in Brussels and Strasbourg is a huge drain on the EU's resources. The Parliament's travelling circus means MEPs, their staff and thousands of journalists, lobbyists and others have to shuttle from Brussels to Strasbourg for one week every month.
Signing the Single Seat pledge in Brussels today, Giles said:
"Like any organisation, we need to continuously reform and update the EU to make sure that it remains fit for purpose in the 21st century. Having worked at the European Parliament for three years, I've experienced first hand the waste of time, money and energy involved in shuttling to and from Strasbourg.
"As an MEP candidate, I will campaign for a single seat for the European Parliament, saving taxpayers £150 million a year and cutting carbon emissions by 19,000 tonnes.
Published on Friday 4th April 2014
Published on Friday 4th April 2014
This article was originally published in Liberal Democrat Voice
Ahead of the second EU debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage this evening, a timely new report has found that Liberal Democrats are the most influential British party in the European Parliament.
The analysis of MEPs’ voting records from VoteWatch Europe over the past five years by think tank Policy Network, finds that Liberal Democrats are the “most successful coalition partner” in the European Parliament and “have played a central role in policy-making in both Westminster and Brussels.”
As part of the European liberal ALDE group, Lib Dems have been “on the winning side” of key European Parliament votes 87% of the time, ahead of Labour, Tories and Ukip, “a remarkable performance for a group consisting of 11% of all MEPs”.
The report continues:
“The central role of ALDE and the Lib Dems is well reflected by the prominence enjoyed by figures such as Sharon Bowles MEP, chair of arguably the most powerful and important committee in the EP.”
And while anti-Europeans may try to paint Lib Dems as poodles of Brussels, the voting records show instead that the party has been the best at standing up for British interests in the EU:
“Most winning votes were clearly in line with British long-standing preferences, be it for a liberal market economy or the opening of trade negotiations.”
Lib Dems in Europe also win plaudits for taking a strong environmental line, making them ‘the UK’s non-official green party” with a “striking ecological commitment.