MEPs warn of report showing ‘high risk’ to UK media, as Murdoch’s Sky takeover decision looms

European Parliament, Strasbourg, France, 15/06/2017

Plurality in the UK media is at “high risk” in terms of its high levels of concentration of ownership and the influence these owners exert on editorial content. That’s according to a new report from theCentre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom.

The worrying new findings come just ahead of the deadline (June 20) for Ofcom’s recommendation on the proposedmerger between Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox and Sky.

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Neena Gill pushes Draghi not to ‘force euro clearing houses out of UK’

The ECB will preserve “at least the current levels of involvement” of supervision over CCPs based in the UK after Brexit, according to its President Mario Draghi.

This will require deeper cooperation between the Bank of England and the ECB to preserve “the tools required to tackle potential systemic risk,” Draghi said at the Monetary Dialogue with MEPs in the European Parliament on Monday 29 May.

Draghi’s words came as a result of pressure from MEPs, including Neena Gill CBE - Labour MEP for the West Midlands - who used the dialogue to express concern about the possibility of an EU location policy, which would take CCPs out of the UK.

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Labour MEPs: The EU has set out its priorities, but when will May answer the questions posed by Brexit?

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Labour MEPs have warned that Theresa May and the Tories still haven’t answered any of the questions about what they would be looking for in the Brexit talks, as the European Parliament today debated the conclusions of the recent EU-27 summit, at which the EU set out its negotiating priorities - something the UK government has yet to do.

Richard Corbett MEP, Labour’s Deputy Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“The European Union guidelines, agreed at the recent summit, highlight the issues at stake and the EU position with far greater clarity than the UK government has done. We still don't know, eleven months after the referendum - and two months on from the triggering of Article 50 - what the government wants to aim for in these negotiations.

“What kind of relationship do they want with the Single Market and how do they realistically expect to achieve that? What actually does the government want in terms of the Customs Union?

“What solution do they envisage for farmers if they are no longer part of an agreed common EU system of subsidies?

“What happens to Britain's participation in the various EU technical agencies, such as those for air safety, medicines, chemicals, and so on - whose certifications are a requirement for selling in the European market? What about security cooperation and the UK’s role in Europol?

“There are literally thousands of issues that require clarification, ranging from the future of the pet passport scheme - a quarter of a million Brits take a pet on holiday to the continent every year - to data protection rules, to emergency health care when travelling.

“On most of them, the intentions of the UK government are still not clear.”

Richard Corbett MEP added:

“Tomorrow the Tories are expected to unveil their manifesto - maybe they’ll reveal all then? Don’t hold your breath.

“The prime minister has said next to nothing on policy during this election campaign, while her ministers have been hidden away. Is she scared they’ll give the game away, and reveal the unpalatable truths behind their plans, or confirm that there really is no plan?

“Far from providing "strong and stable leadership", Theresa May is offering "desperate and deluded leadership".”


From Britain to Brussels to Bangalore: First Female Indian MEP recognised for contributions in Asia and Europe

Ludhiana-born Neena Gill who serves as a Member of the European Parliament, has today been awarded the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) award. The PBD is the highest award given to overseas Indians and marks their contribution to the progress and engagement of the Indian Diaspora. 

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Labour MEPs back passengers and railway workers and vote against new laws that will damage rail sector

Neena Gill will join other Labour MEPs to vote tomorrow against the compulsory opening up of railway contracts across Europe to private sector operators. Labour MEPs maintain that the new laws do not provide protection for rail workers’ terms and conditions when services are contracted out and also do not ensure good staffing standards on privately-run services.

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UK must back EU action on zero-hours contracts and keep any new laws after Brexit

The European Commission today vowed to investigate the flexible working conditions at McDonald’s restaurants throughout the EU, following a successful petition from British trade unions, backed by Labour MEPs.

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David Davis’s Strasbourg talks expose government’s Brexit failings

Brexit secretary David Davis’s visit to the European Parliament today did not result in any meaningful progress and risks further antagonising our European partners, with whom Britain will have to negotiate any EU exit deal, Labour MEPs have warned.

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UK must back EU measures to tackle VAT fraud and keep them after Brexit

The UK government must back EU action to combat cross-border VAT fraud, and abide by any new measures post-Brexit, Labour MEPs have warned.

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Closer cooperation and more powers for Europol essential in fight against wildlife trafficking

Labour MEPs voted today for a report calling for the eradication of wildlife trafficking - the illegal trade in wild animals, many at risk of extinction.

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Thailand must speed up migrant rights reforms and stop persecuting human rights campaigners

Labour MEPs have urged the Thai government to do more to ensure migrant workers aren’t exploited and those who defend their rights aren’t locked up.

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