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Labour MEP Claude Moraes was today elected as a vice-president of the European Parliament Socialits and Democrats Group, the parliament’s second largest political group. Claude is one of nine vice-presidents elected today, who alongside the treasurer and S&D group leader Iratxe García Pérez comprise the bureau of the socialist group.

Claude Moraes MEP said:

“I am deeply honoured to have been elected today and will work with our new team of vice-presidents and our socialist group president Iratxe to ensure our values remain at the heart of all the work and that our voice is heard in the European Parliament.

“Today’s election shows that British MEPs are still valued in the socialist group and in the parliament, and is testament to the hard work our dedicated team of Labour MEPs have put in over the past five years and will continue to over the next five. From protecting and enhancing workers' rights to tackling tax avoidance to having the highest environmental standards, we will continue working to improve the lives of our constituents and our country.

“We face a tough period in the months ahead, and we stand ready. We will continue to fight Brexit with everything we have for however long it takes. Europe's values are our values and we will continue to make the case that we must remain in the European Union.”

Richard Corbett MEP, Leader of Labour's MEPs, added:

“Claude’s election is a measure of the respect with which Labour MEPs in general, and Claude in particular, are held by our socialist colleagues. That solidarity with us extends to our efforts to secure a new referendum and a chance for the British people to decide whether they want to proceed with Brexit, now that it is clear that it bears no resemblance to what was promised”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Labour MEP elected vice-president of socialist group

Labour MEP Claude Moraes was today elected as a vice-president of the European Parliament Socialits and Democrats Group, the parliament’s second largest political group. Claude is one of nine vice-presidents...

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A cross-party group of 38 UK MEPs has written to a high-level international legal commission to ask for its intervention over ‘declining democratic standards’ in the UK.

The letter to the Venice Commission, signed by over half the UK’s MEPs, raises concerns over the exclusion of specific groups of voters and undemocratic standards in both the EU referendum in 2016 and this year’s European elections.

The Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat MEPs have asked the commission to investigate breaches of spending rules and data-protection laws as well as the exclusion of non-UK EU citizens residing in the UK from voting during the 2016 referendum.

They have also asked them to investigate the disenfranchisement of UK citizens resident in other EU countries and non-UK EU citizens resident in the UK from the European elections this year.

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said:

“It is clear that this Conservative Government has refused to take seriously the disenfranchisement of citizens who were entitled to carry out their most important democratic right to vote.

“The deafening silence from this Government to calls for an inquiry or even any signs of concern suggests a decline in democratic standards and force us to take this serious step of reaching out to a respected, high-level legal body, the Vienna Commission.

“Brexit is producing many negative consequences - a decline in our democratic standards should not be one of them.”

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Over half of UK MEPs ask Venice Commission to investigate UK's "declining democratic standards"

A cross-party group of 38 UK MEPs has written to a high-level international legal commission to ask for its intervention over ‘declining democratic standards’ in the UK.

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Labour MEPs have welcomed the new leader of the European Parlaiment Socialists and Democrats Group, Iratxe García Pérez, who succeeded Udo Bullmann today.

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

“We congratulate Iratxe García Pérez on becoming President of the Socialists and Democrats and look forward to working with her. This is a crucial time in Europe for social democracy, with our values threatened, on everything from Brexit to the march of extremism across the continent - and in Iratxe, we have someone who will fight for our beliefs and never give up.

“We must continue the good work we have done over the past few years, on everything from protecting and enhancing workers’ rights, to tackling tax avoidance, to protecting the environment, and I am confident we will manage to do this, and Labour MEPs will continue to play our part as we have always done.

“We also pay tribute to Udo Bullmann, a great friend and colleague, who has always been there for us and never wavered in his determination to stand up for us and help us in the fight against Brexit. We wish Udo all the best and will continue to support him in whatever future roles he has.”

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Labour MEPs welcome new leader of European Parliament socialist group

Labour MEPs have welcomed the new leader of the European Parlaiment Socialists and Democrats Group, Iratxe García Pérez, who succeeded Udo Bullmann today.

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