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Will you be able to vote in the EU elections on 23rd May?

I’m very pleased that the UK’s MEPs look set to complete our mandates, and that the country will take part in the EU elections next month!

If you’re not already registered to vote in the upcoming elections, please click here to register. If you’re an EU/EEA citizen living in the UK, you’re also eligible to vote in the EU elections on 23rd May? You can choose whether to vote in the elections in your home country, or in the UK.

EU and EEA citizens you’d like to vote in the UK, you’ll need to go through the following further process to register - even if you are already on the Electoral Register in the UK:

1) Register to vote here by May 7th

2) Download and complete the European Parliament voter registration form which can be found here

3) Send the form to your local Electoral Registration Office by May 7th - find the address here

Please spread the word among your network!

Find out more about the Greens’ priorities for the next five years in the European Parliament here.

Six years since Rana Plaza, more must be done to protect workers

On 24th April 2013, the Rana Plaza building collapsed claimed the lives of 1,129 garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Six years on, there have been a number of improvements in workplace safety but more needs to be done. 

When companies focus on profit margins over people, it’s too often workers who bear the brunt. The brands and buyers are putting pressure on the factories to keep the cost of the manufacturing down to provide bigger profits for shareholders/owners.

It’s time to pay back the people who make our clothes - not necessarily by adding to the cost for consumers, but by shifting the profits so that workers earn a fair wage.

This is also a challenge to the model of fast-fashion consumption, which demands more for less.

Find out what you can do to help Bangladesh’s garment workers here.

April 2019 Newsletter


In parliament

Jean divides her time between London, Brussels and Strasbourg. Find out more about Jean's role in parliament here.


In the media

> Jean in BBC News Online: Brexit limbo: Hotels, packing boxes and plans on hold for the MEPs

> Jean in Pink News: European Parliament backs calls for Brunei ‘asset freezes and visa bans’

> Jean in the Express: Does your MEP support a second referendum?


 

My last voting session at the European Parliament
Click the image below to watch the video




In case you missed it!
After one of the hottest years on record, Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of climate change in this BBC programme as well as potential solutions to this global threat. Included are interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists.




See how the Greens change Europe
Click the image below to find out what we did as well as what we plan to do in the future


 



Contact

Jean Lambert MEP
Office of the Green MEPs
CAN Mezzanine
49-51 East Road
London
N1 6AH

020 7250 8416

jeanlambert@greenmeps.org.uk
 

Greta delivers blistering speech to MEPs

The last weeks of April were game-changing in terms of the climate emergency debate. Climate activist Greta Thunberg addressed MEPs in Strasbourg whilst Extinction Rebellion's inspiring week long protests brought London to a standstill

Bas Eickhout, climate spokesperson for our Greens/EFA group summed it up well: "Climate activists like Greta Thunberg are not asking for our applause, but for action. The solutions are there but the political will is missing. If the climate were a bank, the governments would have saved it long ago.”  You can watch Bas' discussion with Greta in the Parliament's Environment Committee here . You can also view the Greens/EFA group 10 priority measures proposed to protect our climate here

Thinking of the victims of the Sri Lanka attacks

I was devastated to hear of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday which killed more than 250 people. As Chair of the European Parliament’s South Asia Delegation I have expressed my formal condolences to the Sri Lankan Government.

My heart goes out to those killed or injured, and to their families and friends. I recognise the courage of the first responders and the humane and sympathetic response of so many Sri Lankans who assisted those affected, regardless of their faith or background.

There is now a need for a concentrated effort by the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice, and to work for a safe and peaceful future for the people of Sri Lanka.

We need solutions to statelessness 

It’s appalling that, today, more than 10 million people worldwide are denied a nationality. In many cases, statelessness means a life without education, medical care, or legal empowerment.

Last week I spoke on a panel, organised by UNHCR, on the urgent need to end childhood statelessness. I shed light on how the European Parliament, and the Intergroup on Children’s Rights in particular, have been working towards this goal - including potential changes in asylum legislation.

Sign UNHCR’s open letter demanding an end to statelessness by 2024 here.

MEPs condemn Brunei's inhumane laws

It is wholly unacceptable that Brunei has introduced a hardline Sharia Penal Code which punishes same-sex relationships, adultery, abortion and pregnancy out of wedlock with stoning.

This month, cross-party MEPs voted in favour of a resolution, initiated by the Greens/EFA Group, which sends a strong message to Brunei: the European Parliament will not tolerate homophobia or bigotry. Should the Sultan and his allies fail to scrap these laws, we urge the EU and its Member States to consider using every tool available to end this cruel treatment, including asset freezes and visa bans.

We stand in solidarity with vulnerable groups in Brunei, and the brave human rights defenders putting their lives on the line to stand up for their fellow citizens. Read my statement in full here.

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