Liberal Democrat Euro candidate for South East England
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Published on Wednesday 5th March 2014
Lewes UKIP Councillor and MEP candidate for the South East Donna Edmonds was reported today as saying that businesses should have the power to turn away women and gay people.
Liberal Democrat Euro candidate for the South East Giles Goodall commented:
“Yet again UKIP have shown that they are the nasty party when it comes to rights for women and LGBT people. They have repeatedly failed to vote for equality in the European Parliament and their views simply do not reflect modern Britain.
“We now have less than three months to stop UKIP from winning the European elections. Liberal Democrats, as the Party of In, will be leading that fight and standing up for an open, tolerant society.
"People in the South East have a real choice on 22 May: vote for a party which has pushed forward equal rights in Britain and all over Europe, or risk taking us back to the dark ages with UKIP.
Published on Sunday 23rd February 2014
Last week, I was in Sussex and Surrey to visit communities affected by the floods. Especially hard hit have been towns along the Thames like Egham, Staines and Chertsey, but the floods are visible all around the region, including close to the South Downs, pictured here.
There is no doubt in my mind that there is a link between the recent extreme weather across South East England and climate change, as the Met Office's chief scientist Dame Julia Slingo recently observed. Equally, I have no doubt that our membership of the European Union is crucial to effectively tackling climate change, both here at home and on a global level.
Setting tough targets for cutting CO2 emissions and increasing our share of renewable energy can be better achieved through common action at European level. Likewise, we have a much better chance of mitigating climate change at the global level by joining together with our EU allies and putting pressure on laggards like the US, Japan and Australia.
Published on Sunday 23rd February 2014
European candidate Giles Goodall represented the Liberal Democrats at a packed election debate this week organised by the Centre for European Politics at Royal Holloway University of London.
Giles, one of the Lib Dems' top Euro candidates for the South East and himself a graduate of Royal Holloway, debated with fellow candidates from the Conservatives, Labour, Greens and UKIP and an audience of over 100 students at the historic university in Egham, Surrey.
The question time-style panel addressed issues ranging from free movement to the EU-US trade negotiations, climate change, defence cooperation, the floods and asylum.
"Liberal Democrats are the party of IN Europe, so I was delighted to return to Royal Holloway and debate the issues facing students ahead of May's European elections," said Giles.
"Britain's EU membership is crucial to jobs and growth in the South East, as countless businesses are telling us every week. Being part of the EU also helps us tackle global threats like climate change, which the evidence suggests is behind the current extreme weather and floods affecting Egham and much of Surrey.
Published on Wednesday 19th February 2014
Last week I was in the Hague to chair a meeting of Liberals 4 Equality - a network of liberals from around Europe campaigning to improve LGBT rights - to discuss the group's objectives and activities for the rest of the year.The meeting was hosted by Dutch liberal (VVD) Member of the Dutch Parliament Tamara Van Ark and brought together equality campaigners from Radikale Venstre (Denmark), LDP (Serbia), FDP (Germany), VVD & D66 (the Netherlands), Folkpartiet (Sweden), and the Lib Dems (UK). It followed the first ever Liberals 4 Equality event at the ALDE Party London Congress last year. The new network seeks to bring together members of the ALDE (European Liberal) Party to promote LGBT equality and human rights by networking, sharing experiences and campaigning together. We are also mobilising liberal candidates to campaign on equality and human rights issues in the European elections, including by encouraging candidates and MEPs to sign the Come Out pledge to fight for LGBT rights. So far, liberal candidates from eight EU countries have signed up.