November 2010

Sarah Ludford visits proposed Thames tunnel sites in Bermondsey

Simon Hughes MP Sarah Ludford MEP and Cllr Nelson (centre) Cllr Mann (right) with local residents

Sarah LibDem MP Simon Hughes and local councillors met local residents and listened to what they had to say.

Sarah Ludford encourages Barnet school students to enter politics

Sarah Ludford with Sixth Form students from St Michael's grammar school in North Finchley.

Sarah with Sixth Form students from St Michael's grammar school in North Finchley.

Today Friday 5 November 2010 Barnet's Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford visited St Michael's Catholic Grammar School in North Finchley to speak to students aged 16-18 about careers in politics.

Expected EU approval of visa waiver for Bosnia and Albania welcomed

European justice & home affairs ministers are expected today to approve the grant to citizens of Albania and Bosnia-Herzegovina of visa-free travel to the EU's Schengen zone.

Such a green light would mean Bosnia and Albania joining Serbia Montenegro and Macedonia - who complied with the requirements late last year - in short-term tourist and business travel without needing visas. This does not however apply to the UK which does not belong to the Schengen area but maintains its own border controls.

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford who drafted the European Parliament foreign affairs committee's opinion endorsing the move said:

Sarah speaks to the European Parliament about the transatlantic relationship

Mr President the transatlantic relationship is Europe's most important. Not only do we still account for half of the global economy but our democracies are the key drivers of the maintenance of human rights and the rule of law. However we sometimes seem to either take each other for granted or let our family squabbles obscure our overriding common interests.

 

European Parliament sets its priorities ahead of EU-US summit

MEPs in the European Parliament in Brussels have today approved a resolution spelling out their position regarding the forthcoming EU-US summit that will be held in Lisbon at the end of next week and Transatlantic Economic Council that takes place in December in Washington.

Commenting on the vote Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford who is vice-chair of the European Parliament's delegation to the US said:

EU countries must show unity at Liu Xiaobo Nobel prize award

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford has tabled an urgent question to the EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton asking her to confirm that all 27 EU ambassadors to Norway will be attending the award of the Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo on 10 December.

Liu Xiaobo is currently in prison in China and his family under threat and while for the first time in Nobel peace prize history it is unclear who will collect the prize for Xiaobo the ceremony will go ahead.

Sarah Ludford said:

"China is attempting to 'divide and weaken' the European Union by twisting the arms of individual EU countries to boycott the prize ceremony of this extremely brave Chinese human and political rights activist Liu Xiaobo."

London MEP views Olympic Park and Lower Lee green improvements

Sarah Ludford MEP in front of Olympic stadium

Sarah Ludford visited the Olympic stadium currently under construction.

London Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford has visited the Olympic Park at Stratford and the river Lee a tributary of the Thames with representatives from the Environment Agency. She saw the major environmental improvements being made under the Olympic legacy programme and thanks to the EU's strict clean water laws.

EU anti-trafficking laws will help fight violence against women

The United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November) is a timely reminder for the UK to opt into European rules that will help fight human trafficking according to Liberal Democrat Euro-MPs Sarah Ludford and Fiona Hall.

Kidnapped or lured by false promises of better jobs and lives in a different country women and children are the main victims of human trafficking often ending up having to work under terrible conditions in sweatshops farms private homes or the sex trade.

Liberal Democrat European justice & human rights spokeswoman and London MEP Sarah Ludford who is scrutinising new EU anti-trafficking rules in the European Parliament said:

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