A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks

A Statement from Manchester's Arts and Cultural Organisations on the Manchester Attacks. Continue reading

Statement on the detention and killing of gay men in Chechnya

I am deeply shocked by the reports of detention, disappearances and killings of gay men in Chechnya by Russian authorities, following such reports from the newspaper Novaya Gazeta and independent accounts recently reported by The Guardian.  Continue reading

Statement on the conflict in Syria

I have been deeply concerned about the situation in Syria and the Middle East more broadly, and have worked together with colleagues on aspects of the humanitarian situation, peace-building, human rights and international law.  Continue reading

MEPs across the EU call for UK citizens left in limbo not to be used as bargaining chips

Members of the European Parliament from across the EU have joined forces to send a strong message about the rights of UK citizens. Led by Labour NW England MEP, Julie Ward, MEPs have sent a letter to Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, calling for an end to citizens being used as bargaining chips in Brexit negotiations. Continue reading

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