Get the balance right on biofuels, says Bennion

Efficient biofuels can have a vital role to play in fighting climate change, says Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion ahead of a vote on the EU Biofuels directive due next week.

The farmer and West Midlands MEP says there is a debate to be had on targets for the use of biofuel, but the issues are not as clear cut as campaign groups such as Action Aid suggest

LGBT rights must be upheld at Winter Olympics – IOC tells MEP

Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has received assurances from the International Olympic Committee that the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics must be open to all, without discrimination on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation.

Following concerns in letters from constituents, Phil Bennion wrote to Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee, over the new Russian law prohibiting information which “promotes non-traditional sexual relations” to minors

Proposal to build on slopes of Shropshire landmark could damage tourism - MEP

Plans to zone the lower slopes of a Shropshire hill for housing development would clearly damage one of the most sensitive landscapes in the region, says Phil Bennion MEP.

Top: Phil Bennion viewing the proposed housing sites from across the valley in Church Stretton with Cllr Bob Welch

Syria: chemical attacks are war crimes, but we must heed lessons of Iraq

The international community should not ignore the horrifying chemical attacks in Syria but any action must heed the lessons of Iraq, says Midlands Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion.

The MEP is urging Britain and the EU to try and dissuade the USA from launching immediate air strikes before the UN Inspectors have had a chance to finish gathering and collating evidence of what happened

Inspections follow complaints of cruelty in dog shelters in Serbia, MEP told

Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion has been told by the European Commission that top vets have inspected dog shelters in Serbia after complaints of cruelty.

The Euro MP had put down a Parliamentary question after a constituent raised allegations of cruelty to dogs at many animal shelters in Serbia, which is a candidate nation seeking to join the European Union

Bennion wins pledge of EU action to help British property owners in Spain

The European Commission will quiz the Spanish government over serious legal problems faced by thousands of British citizens who own property in Spain, after pressure from Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion.

The West Midlands region Euro MP wrote to the European Commission after the Abusos Urbanisticos Almanzora No (AUAN), an association representing British nationals with property in the country, highlighted a huge number of cases where asserting legal rights to title in the Spanish courts has proved impossible

Government review finds 'strong evidence' of importance of EU to British jobs

The first six reports of a UK government audit of EU membership show 'strong and clear evidence' of the EU's importance to jobs in Britain, says Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion.

Phil Bennion speaking at a meeting in Brussels on the Balance of Competences Review for Transport, hosted by Mark Watts (centre), co-ordinator of UK Transport in Europe

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