MEPs urge the Iranian government to release EU-Iranian prisoners

49 Members of the European Parliament from different political groups, have written a joint letter calling for the release EU citizens who hold an Iranian nationality and are currently being held in Iran.     Continue reading

Good luck to Team GB at the Special Olympics World Winter Games!

The Special Olympics World Winter Games 2017 starts this weekend in Austria! Go Team GB! Continue reading

Labour MEPs call on the Commission to increase EU funding for creative, cultural and audiovisual sectors

Today (March 2nd) Labours MEPs, together with their Socialists and Democrats colleagues, pushed through an increase for the Creative Europe's budget, in order to meet the ambitions set. They also highlighted the importance of easing access to funding for small scale organisations and projects. Continue reading

MEPs back Labour proposals for EU investigation into F1

“I welcome the measures promoted in the report to effectively combat unethical practices such as corruption. Fairness and integrity are vital components of all sports and must be addressed across policy areas and communicated to the public. “We must restore trust in sporting institutions, in order to re-establish the values of solidarity, peace and social inclusion that sport can engender.”   Continue reading

MEPs adopt an ambitious strategy on gender equality in mental health

The European Parliament adopted today a report laying out a strategy on promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical trials, which Julie co-authored.   Continue reading

Reflections on Holocaust Memorial Day

The 27th of January is International Holocaust Memorial Day, set on the date when, 72 years ago, Auschwitz Concentration Camp was liberated by the Red Army, and the scale of the Nazis’ atrocities began to be understood. Out of the horror of those atrocities, and the ashes of that war, the European Union was built so that such crimes would never again be possible.   Continue reading

Don’t leave young Brits behind after Brexit: why we need 30 more years of Erasmus

Today we celebrate the birthday of one of the European Union’s greatest success stories, Erasmus.  For 30 years it has brought generations of young people in Europe closer together in the most practical and efficient way. Since the creation of the Erasmus mobility programme in 1987, more than 3 million  young people have studied abroad and over 300,000 research exchanges, teaching and training have been supported. Continue reading

Julie Ward speaks out on refugees stranded outdoors in freezing conditions

Last night Julie spoke at the European Parliament on the urgent need to provide support for the refugees who are stranded outdoors across Europe in freezing conditions. Our governments refuse to live up to their commitments, and we need action now.   Continue reading

Christmas Newsletter

As we approach the end of the year it is time to take stock of Labour MEPs achievements and our roles and responsibilities, particularly in respect of the ever-changing Brexit landscape. I hope you enjoy reading my Christmas Newsletters - just scroll down to view it. I wish you and your family peaceful holidays, full of kindness and laughter, and all the very best for 2017! In seasonal solidarity! Julie Ward MEP  

Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar receive 2016 Sakharov Prize

Islamic State survivors and Iraqi Yazidi activists Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar received today Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. The two women were honoured by Parliament for standing up for the persecuted Yazidi minority and the victims of sexual violence by Islamic State. “There remain more than 3,500 child and women held hostage as slaves under Daesh. Every day they die a thousand times,” Aji Bashar said in her acceptance speech. Continue reading