Friday, October 19, 2007

Democracy must win

Friday 19th October 2007 - As Chair of the European Parliament's Friends of Pakistan group, I felt compelled to add my thoughts here about the atrocities in Karachi following the return to Pakistan of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.

I totally and utterly condemn the bombs that have caused such devastation and loss of innocent lives in Karachi.

We must never allow terrorists and extremists

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

An appeal for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty

Wednesday 10th October 2007 - Please sign this petition today!!
We, the undersigned, in recognition of the five million people who signed the ‘Moratorium 2000’ petition launched by the Community of Sant’Egidio and Amnesty International, renew the call for a worldwide moratorium on executions and an end to capital punishment in the belief that the death penalty: -
Violates the universally

Mid Term review

Tuesday 9th October 2007 - Today I presented my draft opinion on the Mid Term Review of the EU's Environment Action Plan, my fourth opinion for the international trade committee this mandate and my third opinion this year related to international trade and the environment, so I think it's safe to say that I'm becoming a bit of an expert on the topic.

The inconvenient truth is that economic

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Thursday 4th October 2007 - Hi, have you heard about the crisis in Burma?

Burma is ruled by one of the worst military dictatorships in the world. Last month Buddhist monks and nuns began marching and chanting prayers to call for democracy. The protests spread and hundreds of thousands of Burmese people joined in -- but they've been brutally attacked by the military regime.

I just signed a

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Renewable energy roadmap

Tuesday 25th September 2007 - The European Parliament will vote today on a report from the Industry Research and Energy committee on a roadmap for renewable energy.

As the author of the views of the International Trade committee I have put forward proposals that I hope will be supported by the Parliament.

By 2030, renewable energy could provide 35% of the world's energy needs. To achieve this

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Exhibition tour!

Wednesday 19th September 2007 - Among another busy day's activities at the Party conference in Brighton today I managed to fit in a tour of the exhibition and visit many of the varied stands with Baroness Diane Maddock and Charles Kennedy MP.
I won't reveal my vote for the best stand on here but it was a tough decision with so many good and creative ways of capturing the delegates attention!

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Beside the seaside!

Lucy handing out flyers to delegates to promote our fringe events!

Trade & Climate Change fringe

Tuesday 18th September 2007 - I am at our Party conference in Brighton this week where the mood among delegates is upbeat and enthusiastic despite the constant media obsession with Ming Campbell's leadership.
I am at a loss to understand why they are not more