Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion has welcomed the news that Liberal Democrats in government have vetoed Conservative plans to opt out of key European crime-fighting measures which have led to some of Britain's most wanted criminals being brought to justice.
Under the Lisbon Treaty, the UK has the option of leaving a series of cross-border EU crime fighting measures and must make a decision on whether to opt out by next year.
Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion joined charity campaigners supporting the National Food Collections campaign by collecting donations from shoppers at the Tesco Metro store in the Mander Centre, Wolverhampton.
Phil joined store manager Terry Leary and local charity volunteer Polly Richards handing out shopping lists to customers on Friday afternoon, July 5th.
MEPs in Strasbourg have adopted new EU rules to improve cross-border co-operation to tackle serious public health threats such as influenza, coronavirus and E-coli outbreaks.
The news comes as a 49-year-old man died in St Thomas' Hospital in London after contracting a deadly new virus known as Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-nCV) in Qatar.
The European Parliament has approved new EU-wide minimum standards for MoT safety tests and roadside inspections, with the aim of cutting road deaths by 50% between 2010 and 2020.
The Roadworthiness Package voted through in Strasbourg on Tuesday July 2nd will raise safety standards for vehicles on Europe's roads, says local MEP and Lib Dem European transport spokesman Phil Bennion MEP.
A revised proposal for the Electro-Magnetic Fields Directive voted through by the European Parliament in Strasbourg today is 'safe, proportionate and practical,' say Liberal Democrat MEPs, who lobbied hard for the original draft directive to be withdrawn.
The new text has been substantially modified after Lib Dem MEPS, especially former West Midlands MEP Liz Lynne, highlighted objections from industry and in particular health services that safety restrictions to prevent exposure to Electro-Magnetic Fields were so tightly drawn that technology such as hospital MRI scanners would be impossible to use.
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