The European Parliament has voted by a massive majority to seek radical changes to the spending priorities in the draft budget proposed by EU leaders at their summit in February.
In the resolution, approved by 506 votes in favour to 161 against, with 23 abstentions, MEPs voted for Parliament to join three-way talks with the EU Commission and Council of Ministers on a revised financial framework but not to increase the budget total.
Ed Miliband's plan to bring back a 10p rate for £1,000 of income would increase tax on the lowest earners from 2015, says the MEP who first proposed the Lib Dem policy of raising personal allowances.
Now Euro MP for the West Midlands, Phil Bennion was the key champion for the £10,000 tax threshold plan on the Lib Dem Federal Policy Committee before the last election.
Environment Secretary Owen Paterson is being urged to negotiate over a crucial EU Council of Ministers position on whether future EU farm support payments to larger farms common in the Midlands and the UK will be capped.
Phil Bennion MEP is urging Tory Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to negotiate to stop larger farms losing out under changes to EU farm support payments.
Plan for adverts to put people off coming to UK 'ludicrous' Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has voiced his disappointment that the government is refusing to lift visa restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian students studying here, even though the two countries are full members of the EU.
The West Midlands MEP spoke out after raising the complaints of students at Midlands universities with the Conservative Immigration Minister Mark Harper.
Missing out Stoke on Trent from the HS2 rail line to Manchester would be a costly mistake which would exclude the Potteries from the massive benefits of high speed rail, says Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion.
The Staffordshire and West Midlands MEP, Lib Dem transport spokesman in the European Parliament, said he strongly supports high speed rail but was 'very disappointed' that plans announced for a north west extension to Manchester only include a fixed link to Crewe's existing station but no stop for Stoke on Trent.
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