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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Statement from Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in the European Parliament, on the tragic death of Jo Cox MP:

"We are deeply shocked and saddened at this tragic news. Jo dedicated her life to public service, as an MP, a charity worker and an activist. She is fondly remembered by colleagues who worked with her in the European Parliament and she will be deeply missed. It is simply incomprehensible that something so horrific could happen to Jo while she was working hard to serve her constituents.

"Our thoughts are with her family at this horrendous time."

Jo Cox: 1974-2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016 Statement from Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in the European Parliament, on the tragic death of Jo Cox MP:

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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Jobs in the rail supply industry will be at risk and the future of the sector will be threatened if Britain leaves the European Union, Labour MEPs warned today.

The European Parliament will vote today on a resolution on the competitiveness of the European rail supply industry which includes calls for the European Commission to come up with an integrated and coherent industrial policy strategy, and ideas on how to keep a high level of manufacturing in Europe tied in with broader re-industrialisation efforts.

It comes as the chairman of Hitachi, which is making new trains for the East Coast, Great Western and Scotrail lines, warned that leaving the EU would force the company to “rethink” its UK operations and jobs.

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP, Labour's European Parliament spokesperson on the rail supply industry, told MEPs:

“It was with real pride that I attended the opening of Hitachi Rail Europe's train production plant at Newton Aycliffe in autumn last year.

“A real success story of what we should be promoting in the North East in terms of inward investment and local job creation - all credit to the local community, the trade union movement, County Durham's investment team and local MP Phil Wilson working together to attract rail production back to the very place that the first ever passenger trains were built.

“On Monday this week, the chairman of Hitachi made it clear that, while respecting the democratic rights of UK citizens, ‘Brexit would force us [Hitachi] and similar companies to rethink, because we still have a European vision, and would be disadvantaged in pursuing it from the UK.’

“Meaning less investment and fewer well paid, high skilled jobs in my region.

"For the European rail supply industry, today’s report sets out the challenges for the sector, but for British production and its workforce, nothing is as urgent as remaining in the EU on 23 June."

Only by staying in the EU will rail supply industry jobs be safe, warn Labour MEPs

Thursday, June 9, 2016Jobs in the rail supply industry will be at risk and the future of the sector will be threatened if Britain leaves the European Union, Labour MEPs...

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Labour MEPs voted today for a report that calls for a series of measures designed to fight tax evasion by multinational companies. The report was approved by an overwhelming majority in the European Parliament, although Conservative MEPs abstained on the measures.

One of the main proposals in the report is for national governments to have the right to tax profits which have been generated by shell companies in countries with a tax rate of less than 15 per cent. This measure builds on recommendations from the OECD for when companies cannot prove this profit was generated through genuine business activity.

The report also calls for a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) that sets out rules that companies operating in the EU would use to calculate profits. It ensures companies pay the right amount of tax in the country that the profits are generated, instead of paying tax in whichever country has the lowest tax rate.

Anneliese Dodds MEP, Labour’s European Parliament spokesperson on taxation, said:

“Today’s report is yet another shining example of the good work the EU does to build a common approach to tackling tax avoidance and evasion. Tax avoidance does not respect national boundaries and only by working with our fellow EU countries can we effectively close the loopholes created by the lack of a common approach.

“The EU has proposed bold and ambitious reforms to tackle tax evasion and aggressive tax avoidance – from stopping national governments cooking up sweetheart deals for particular companies, to drawing up a blacklist of tax havens and sanctioning the companies who use them, to making large multinational companies publish exactly where they make their profits and where they pay their taxes.

“The EU is a global leader when it comes to this kind of work. Anyone who cares about tax justice, and who wants to see multinational companies pay their fair share and ease the burden on smaller businesses and public services, should want us to stay in the EU - because that is where the fight is really taking place.”

Labour MEPs back report calling for tough sanctions on tax havens

Wednesday, June 8, 2016Labour MEPs voted today for a report that calls for a series of measures designed to fight tax evasion by multinational companies. The report was approved by...

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