North West floods 2015 - in praise of volunteer groups

Julie speaks on the crucial work of numerous volunteer groups in the aftermath of the 2015 winter floods, and criticises the UK government for their disgracefully slow response to accessing EU Solidarity Funds. Continue reading

North West Labour MEPs – The Government must give North West the £1.4bn for the NHS promised by Leave campaigners

The Government must keep the Vote Leave campaign’s promise to spend £1.446bn on the National Health Service in the North West, North West Labour MEPs Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward said today. Continue reading

North West Labour MEPs: EU funding for flood victims MUST go directly to affected communities

After months of campaigning North West Labour MEPs Theresa Griffin, Afzal Khan and Julie Ward welcomed the government’s belated application for EU Solidarity Funds to help victims of flooding, but warned that it must go directly to affected communities. Continue reading

At long last! Government applies for EU Solidarity Fund

I am absolutely delighted that the UK Government will finally apply for the EU Solidarity Fund - at the eleventh hour. Continue reading

At long last! Government applies for EU Solidarity Fund to help flood victims

I am absolutely delighted that the UK Government will finally apply for the EU Solidarity Fund - at the eleventh hour. Continue reading

EU Commissioner confirms UK already entitled to flood fund

Another week of flood damage in the North of England and Scotland, and still the Tory Government is unwilling to act Continue reading

North West Cultural Education celebrated in Europe

Derri Burdon, Chief Executive of North West charity Curious Minds was invited by Julie Ward MEP to present at an expert working group meeting on the Quality of Childhood (QOC) held in the European Parliament. Continue reading

Julie calls for EU support for UK floods

In the December plenary session of the European Parliament, Julie spoke out on the floods that have hit the north of the UK. Together with fellow Labour MEPs, Julie called out on the UK government to apply for EU solidarity funds. As homes across the north of England are evacuated once again in the wake of flooding, and many more remain at risk ahead of the New Year, getting that much needed support is crucial. Our thoughts go out to all those communities and individuals affected by this tragedy over the holiday season. The EU has an important positive role to play in supporting those that have been affected by the floods, and could provide much needed funds. However, it is Cameron's government who must apply for these funds, and it is important for elected representatives and citizens alike to pressure the government to do so.     Continue reading

Labour MEP's send urgent letter to Prime Minister over Cumbria Flooding - Julie Ward MEP

On the 8th December, Labour MEP's came together to implore David Cameron to ensure his government engages with the resources and funding available from the European Union that could have prevented the recent flooding disaster in Cumbria. Read the letter here:

Julie visits Flood Victims

Julie has spent the morning in Cockermouth where she has visited the devastating flood site. She was joined by Jeremy Corbyn MP, Workington MP Sue Hayman, Cllr Alan Smith, Leader of Allerdale Borough Council and former Mayor of Cockermouth, and Cllr Barbara Cannon, Executive Member of Allerdale Borough Council. Julie visited local homes and businesses and talked with those who had been affected.   Continue reading