Statement on Manchester Attack

The deadly and senseless attack on young people and their families at the MEN Arena in Manchester late on Monday night, May 22nd, at the end of Ariana Grande's concert is a terrible tragedy for all of us. Continue reading

Spring Newsletter 2017

Have a look at the work I have been doing on Brexit in the European Parliament and across the North West; fighting for the best possible deal for people in the U.K. Continue reading

The European Parliament puts an end to migrant children’s detention

In an historical vote on the 'Reception Conditions' Directive, MEPs from the committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs voted with a strong majority in favour of banning detention for children refugees and migrants in the EU. Continue reading

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