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  • Farron launch
    Article: Apr 10, 2014

    The Liberal Democrats have launched their European election campaign in the North East, highlighting the 150,000 jobs in the region linked to EU trade.

    Party president Tim Farron MP spoke at the launch yesterday and said the election in May was a straight fight between the Lib Dems and UKIP:

    "If you want to leave Europe and risk the UK's future in the world then you vote UKIP. If, however, you think North East jobs are worth fighting for, and the peace and security that comes from being the EU is worth fighting for, there's only one party that's the party of in and that's the Liberal Democrats.

  • Article: Apr 10, 2014

    Commenting on today's announcement of £57m of Regional Growth Funding for the North East, Lib Dem MEP Fiona Hall said:

    "The Regional Growth Fund has proven to be one of the government's big successes, cleverly matching public money with private investment to support businesses and create jobs.

    "The North East has done particularly well out of the scheme, consistently punching above its weight in terms of grants awarded. Rather than have an expensive organisation deciding how to allocate money through the region, this government is giving it directly to the businesses that are best placed to grow and strengthen the economic recovery."

  • Durham Market
    Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Liberal Democrat Euro-candidates Angelika Schneider and Christian Vassie visited Durham Market Hall this week to speak to shoppers about the forthcoming European elections on 22 May.

    Commenting, the lead Lib Dem Euro-MP candidate Angelika Schneider said:

    "It was great to spend the day in Durham speaking to local residents about how the European elections affect people and businesses right here.

  • Article: Apr 7, 2014

    Commenting on the publication of the EEF manufacturing organisation's EU Manifesto, which calls for Britain to remain at the heart of the EU, Leader of the Liberal Democrat MEPs Fiona Hall said:

    "British manufacturers are now making it clear that being in the EU is crucial for this country's economic future.

    "Liberal Democrats are going into the European elections with a clear message: let's safeguard jobs and the economic recovery by making sure the UK stays in the EU and reforms it from within.

    "You can't deliver for Britain by walking away from our biggest trading partner."

  • Campaigning against roaming charges
    Article: Apr 3, 2014

    MEPs are calling for mobile roaming charges in the EU to be scrapped altogether by December
    2015 following a landmark vote today on reforming the EU telecoms market.

    The EU already introduced a cap on roaming charges across the EU in 2009, which substantially brought down costs for people from the UK travelling abroad in Europe. These caps will be lowered further on 1st July 2014.

  • Guide dog
    Article: Apr 2, 2014

    North East campaigners are celebrating after MEPs voted to make electric and hybrid cars louder to protect vulnerable pedestrians. The new rules will remove the risk posed by silent cars to partially sighted and blind road users.

    The danger of quiet vehicles came to prominence after a campaign by the Guide Dogs charity which included taking North East MEP Fiona Hall on a blindfolded walk along Newcastle roads.

    While initial proposals from the European Commission called for the artificial noise to be added on a voluntary basis only, Fiona Hall and her Lib Dem colleagues successfully fought for a mandatory requirement. Following today's vote, manufacturers in the EU will now have 5 years to comply with the new rules.

    Speaking after the vote, Fiona said:

    "This is a good example of how a local campaign can have a big impact. My experience with the Guide Dogs association was enough to convince me that minimum noise levels on vehicles are important and that we need to enforce the standard across the industry.

    "Leaving it up to individual manufacturers would have caused great uncertainty. Without knowing that all cars emit a certain level of noise, those who rely on on their hearing to cross the road couldn't do so with confidence.

    "This isn't about making electric cars too loud and risking increased noise pollution, we just need a minimum level that reduces the risk of accidents."

  • Article: Mar 24, 2014

    Lib Dem Euro-MP candidate for North East England, Angelika Schneider, today presented a guest lecture at Northumbria University.

    She was invited by the Department of Social Sciences and Languages to speak to Politics students about the day-to-day workings of the European Union and European Parliament.

  • Article: Mar 24, 2014

    Over 130 parliamentarians have come together for World TB Day on 24 March to call for renewed action against Tuberculosis.

    Every year hundreds of people in the UK are diagnosed with the infectious disease, which needs months of treatment and can require up to 5,000 pills.

    Fiona Hall MEP for North East England was among representatives from across the G7 countries and the EU who signed a statement calling for coordinated, global action to eradicate TB.

  • Campaigning against roaming charges
    Article: Mar 18, 2014

    Mobile roaming charges across the EU are set to be abolished altogether by December 2015 following a vote in the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy Committee today. These include costly charges for data roaming, which are currently capped at £376 per gigabyte.

    However, Conservatives voted for an amendment that would reject the proposals altogether. UKIP MEPs failed to turn up to the vote.

  • Article: Mar 18, 2014

    Proposals to improve road safety by redesigning lorry cabins are one step closer to becoming law after a vote in the European Parliament today.

    The plans, which would reduce blindspots and lessen the impact of collisions, cleared the Transport Committee today, a crucial final step before a vote in full Parliament next month.