Jobseekers Allowance claimants fall better employment news in region - Bennion

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the West Midlands region dropped by 1,800 over the last month, according to the latest ONS figures.

Apprenticeships are a vital tool in the campaign to create a million new jobs, says Phil Bennion

MEP is 'Apprentice for the Day' at Steelite International

Phil Bennion has spent a day as an apprentice at Steelite International in Stoke as part of the Lib Dem campaign to double the number of apprenticeships - and push their needs up the agenda in government and in the EU.

Phil practising sponging and fettling teapots with 17-year-old apprentice Bethany Foster at Steelite

MEP hails veto on Tory plan to go soft on criminals

Lib Dem MEP Phil Bennion has welcomed the news that Liberal Democrats ingovernment 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 measuresand must make a decision on whether to opt out by next year

EU plans 22 billion euro boost for innovation and research

The European Commission has announced a plan to team up with the private sector and national governments to invest 22 billion euros in research over the next seven years.

The funding will be part of the new EU research and innovation programme "Horizon 2020," which is due to be voted on in the European Parliament in September

MEP joins food bank charity campaigners at Tesco in Wolverhampton

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

Bennion will fight on for 'huge public health gains' of e-cigarettes

Lib Dem Euro MP Phil Bennion has vowed to continue to campaign for e-cigarette users after a key European Parliament committee voted for massive restrictions on their use.

MEPs in the Environment Committee backed a call to treat e-cigarettes as medicines, reducing their availability compared to tobacco and putting big new costs on users

EU steps up fight against cross-border health threats as coronavirus death reported in UK

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 asMiddle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-nCV)in Qatar

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