end the "travelling circus"
IN a week when Labour MEPs
voted against the EU budget, they took the lead in calling for
restrained EU spending, when Labour's Derek Vaughan led on a massive
vote of MEPs, a majority of 5 to 1, against continuing the "farce"
where MEPs meet in both Brussels and Strasbourg.
Local Labour Euro MP, Arlene McCarthy said:- "This week's vote
sends a clear signal from the vast majority of MEPs. But
unfortunately it isn't us who decide, it's the governments.
The wasteful monthly trip that we have to make as MEPs to Strasbourg
was agreed by EU governments as part of a protocol attached to the
Treaty of Amsterdam which came into force in 1997. It was previously
agreed at the Edinburgh summit chaired by Tory John Major as British
Prime Minister, and it has been included in Treaties ever since.
We are calling on governments to get together and change this.
Labour MEPs rejected the European budget this week because it was
too much money, and this is no time for the EU to waste money.
It is an expensive farce to have all the MEPs and the Parliament's
staff packing up their officer into trunks and sending it from
Brussels to Strasbourg. 3 important reasons why we should now stop
this farce, Governments through the EU are setting up
swingeing public sector cuts that are hurting working people
everywhere. Estimates say the cost of the
Strasbourg parliament is over €200 million for the extra seat.
Governments should be seen to practice what they preach. It is a
scandal to cause this totally unnecessary carbon footprint. The University of York have estimated a carbon
footprint of an extra 20,268 tonnes of additional carbon dioxide
caused by this move. The adoption of a single Seat in Brussels would
be in line with the Parliament's plan to reduce its carbon "footprint"
by 30% by 2020.
We only meet in Strasbourg for historic reasons. Strasbourg
represented reconciliation between France and Germany after 80 years
of different wars culminating in 1945. We are now the new Enlarged
Europe and the significance of the end of Franco-German hostility is
now consigned to history text books."
Labour MEPs are working cross party with allies in the European
Parliament on the "Single Seat" campaign.
Arlene concluded:- "Strasbourg is a truly fantastic City and
there are endless uses for the revamped European Parliament
building. It could perhaps be a centre for European Summits making
use of its excellent interpretation facilities, or perhaps a new
European University. There are a host of ideas."
ROBBERY - TEXACO
PETROL STATION, CROSBY
Detectives in Sefton are appealing for information following an
attempted robbery on Sunday, 28 October 2012, in Crosby.
At around 10.30pm, a 22 year old man was finishing work at the
Texaco Garage on College Road, when he was approached by 3 men
wearing balaclavas. The men were in a stolen a silver coloured Audi
car, registration number H4 OOS, which had been stolen from a house
in the Crosby area, several days earlier. The offenders
unsuccessfully attempted to steal the garage safe, and the employee
was assaulted and subsequently he had his iPhone stolen. The
men then drove off in the direction of The Pheasant Public House,
Little Crosby. Detective Sergeant Tony O'Brien, Sefton CID
said:- "Even at this time of night, College Road is a busy
main road and I'm keen to speak to anyone who may have seen the
silver coloured Audi on the evening itself. I'd also be keen to
speak to anyone who may have seen this car in the area in the days
leading up to Sunday, 28 October 2012, and since that time.
Detectives are following up a number of lines of enquiry and would
urge anyone with information about the incident to contact us so we
can take action. The young man was taken to hospital after suffering
facial injuries, he is now recovering at home. This kind of
behaviour is wholly unacceptable and we hope members of the public
will help us to find the offenders and put them before the courts."
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact:-
0151 777 3011 or Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Merseytravel gets ahead with Fred
IN support of The National
Family Learning Festival, Merseytravel welcomed local author Daisy
Dawes to a learning workshop. The workshop
was part of a series of events supported by Merseylearn and the
unionlearn project, working in partnership with Waterstones book
shop in Liverpool One, to draw attention to the importance of
Wirral based Daisy, whose first book 'Get Ahead Fred' was
published in 2010, has worked as a model maker for feature film
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, children's TV series Pingu
and Aardman's Rex the Runt, shared her model making and craft skills
with children and adults at the event.
Councillor Liam Robinson, chair of Merseytravel said:- "The
National Family Learning Festival aims to draw attention to the
importance of lifelong learning, helping to shape our attitudes
towards learning so it's great to see Daisy here today inspiring
children through storytelling and model making. Family learning is
fun and it can lead to powerful benefits for both children and their
parents, we are pleased to be supporting the Campaign for Learning."
'Get Ahead Fred' tells the story of Fred, the man about town
with a hat for every occasion. Stetsons, bowlers, berets… you name
it, he's got it. He's extremely proud of his hat collection, but
when the queen comes to visit, his hobby lands him in hot water!
Each family receiving a copy of the book and goody bags containing a
host of family learning information plus there were activity stands,
run by the Merseylearn team, on biscuit decorating, digital skills
and interactive games.
MERSEYSIDE Police have
issued a warning members of the public to be on their guard
following the loss of a quantity of prescription drugs in Crosby on
the afternoon of Tuesday, 30 October 2012. The medication was left
on the number 53 bus in a Co-Op bag and consists of:-
► 70 tablets of Diazapan
► 40 tablets of Zopalone
► 14 tablets of Olanzapine
► 14 tablets of Amitriplien
If you have found the lost medication please contact Merseyside
Police on:- 101, or hand the medication in to your nearest police
station. The drugs can also be handed in to your nearest chemist.
Merseyside Police would like to remind members of the public that
taking medication prescribed for another person could be dangerous
and in some cases fatal.