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Tory MEPs have voted against proposed new EU laws aiming to ensure that millions more rail users get greater rights, including commuters who use suburban and regional trains and passengers who rely on connecting services.

Lucy Anderson MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on transport, said:

“From Chris Grayling to their MEPs, the Tories have this week once again shown they are on the side of the likes of SouthWest Trains, Virgin and Southern Rail, companies that make millions from commuters, and against the millions who use their services, who suffer daily from overcrowding, delays and cancellations.

“In opposing these new proposals, the Tories have once more shown themselves to be on the side of the few, not the many.”

Lucy Anderson MEP added:

“Labour MEPs and the European Parliament as a whole have voted to strengthen these proposed new laws. Under the European Parliament's version, passengers on suburban and regional services, as well as those travelling internationally or inter-city, would be entitled to compensation for serious delays or cancellations – and rail companies would not be permitted to deny compensation for reasons such as bad weather.

“Passengers who miss connections through no fault of their own would also now have the right to be transferred to the next available service, even if they booked the tickets separately and with different operators. The improved rights would ensure millions of passengers are not left stranded or have to fork out hundreds of pounds for new tickets.

“It is vital the UK does not water down passengers' rights if we leave the EU – in Britain, rail passengers have suffered for years from poor services and mistreatment and deserve greater protection, and unlike the Tories, Labour will fight to ensure they get it.”

The proposals now go forward for further negotiations with the Commission and national governments.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Tory MEPs vote against more rights for millions of rail users, including commuters and passengers relying on connecting services

Tory MEPs have voted against proposed new EU laws aiming to ensure that millions more rail users get greater rights, including commuters who use suburban and regional trains and passengers...

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Tory MEPs yet again voted in support of the Saudi regime, failing to back an arms embargo for the third plenary in a row, as the European Parliament voted for a report that calls for an end to EU countries exporting arms to human rights violators.

Clare Moody MEP, member of the European Parliament foreign affairs committee, said:

“It is shocking yet not surprising that the Tories have once again supported the Saudi regime and voted against an arms embargo - this despite the torture, murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi last month and the recent worsening of the already horrific war in Yemen.

“In the two weeks since the last vote alone, the Saudi coalition has intensified its attacks on the critical Houthi-held port city of Hodeidah, through which more than 70 per cent of the country’s food, aid, fuel, and goods enter the country. In the recent bombardment, shrapnel from an airstrike hit a 15-year-old boy in the back of the head - the metal ripped into the boy’s spinal cord and he died one day later.

“The people of Yemen continue to suffer from war crimes perpetrated by Saudi Arabia using British made bombs with Tory support. Labour wants to see binding rules, with human rights and international humanitarian law conditions on arms exports even after Brexit, to stop any future governments from continuing to sell arms to Saudis, and others, in contravention of human rights standards and other rules on arms exports.

“The Tories cannot continue to just carry on as usual, looking the other way as British-made weapons are used to kill civilians and the fruits of British intelligence are used to violate human rights. Germany and other EU countries have said they will stop granting export licences for arms sales to Saudi Arabia - it’s high time the UK followed suit.

“Taking action at an EU level means we achieve an essential internationally co-ordinated approach.”

Wajid Khan MEP, member of the European Parliament foreign affairs committee, added:

“Thirteen-and-a-half thousand people have been killed in the Yemen War, a million people are suffering from cholera and twenty million Yemenis need humanitarian assistance to meet basic needs, including food and water, out of a pre-war population of 28 million.

“Yet in spite of all this, the UK government continues to provide significant logistical and technical support to the Saudi military, with the Ministry of Defence’s Saudi armed forces projects team, comprising more than 200 UK armed forces and MoD personnel.

“Several governments have in recent weeks said they will stop selling arms to the Saudis, but for Tory MEPs and the Tory government, it seems no amount of bloodshed, disease and famine will get them to do the right thing.”

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Tory MEPs fail to back arms embargo on Saudi regime for THIRD time

Tory MEPs yet again voted in support of the Saudi regime, failing to back an arms embargo for the third plenary in a row, as the European Parliament voted for...

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Britain must not ditch new EU targets on energy efficiency and renewables that will lift millions of people out of energy poverty, Labour MEPs warned as the European Parliament backed the new measures today.

By 2030, EU countries will have to draw 32 per cent of their energy from renewable sources, and cut energy consumption by 32.5 per cent. National governments will now have to devise implementable strategies to meet these new targets, targets that will help the EU reach its Paris Climate Agreement goals and are crucial for the competitiveness of Europe's industries and for long-term economic growth and future job creation.

Labour MEPs, with the Socialists and Democrats Group, worked hard to include these ambitious goals and targets in the clean energy package, including energy poverty indicators and guidelines for EU countries to follow when reporting.

Theresa Griffin MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on energy, said:

“These targets must apply not only across the rest of the EU, but in Britain. The need for the UK to tackle our climate change commitments cannot and must not be a victim of Brexit. These targets must be seen as a bare minimum, not as aspirational. The UK must commit to meeting these targets as part of the Brexit negotiations and must remain an active member of the Internal Energy Market.

“Energy efficiency is a fundamental part of the transition to a sustainable future and is vital to achieving our Paris goals. It is crucial for the competitiveness of our industries, for future economic growth and for job creation. Improved energy efficiency targets will secure a better quality of life for those who already experience or are at risk of energy poverty.

“For every one per cent improvement in energy efficiency, three million homes can be properly renovated and seven million people lifted out of energy poverty. People are dying of cold because they are forced to choose between heating and eating - we cannot allow this to continue, and these new targets will ensure those who are suffering get the help they need.

“All EU countries must fulfil their targets and promises - for the first time tackling energy poverty is enshrined in EU legislation, and the UK must adhere to this. We can no longer delay action - Europe needs to be a real world leader in combating climate change, for the sake of our planet and our children’s futures.”

Theresa Griffin MEP added:

“Our work means we will be able to integrate renewables further into our energy mix as well as phase out high-polluting biofuels and increase industry’s investment in innovative technologies, while supporting self-generation among consumers and local renewable energy communities.

“While our implementation of the governance of the Energy Union will ensure planning, reporting and monitoring obligations of EU energy and climate legislation are all brought together in one document, in order to make compliance with these goals easier. This is essential as all EU countries must work together to achieve our Paris targets.

“The legislation creates a platform to engage all stakeholders in the Energy Union, crucially including consumers and local authorities. It includes energy poverty indicators and guidelines for national governments to follow when reporting.

“And ‘Just Transition’ has been included to ensure retraining and funding is available for workers in traditional industries in advance of these industries changing. It is critical we also train our young people for these emerging green growth jobs.”

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Labour MEPs: UK must not ditch new efficiency and renewables targets that will lift millions out of energy poverty

Britain must not ditch new EU targets on energy efficiency and renewables that will lift millions of people out of energy poverty, Labour MEPs warned as the European Parliament backed...

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