Representing your rights...
Welcome to my website, I sincerely hope you find it both enjoyable and informative. Over recent years it has always been difficult as an MEP to inform constituents in the North West of England of the work that I and other Labour MEPs do in the European Parliament. Covering an area stretching from north of Hadrian's Wall to the border of Staffordshire, and from the Pennine Chain to the Irish Sea presents many problems when it comes to communications. That why in this modern era I hope this website provides at least an idea as to what is going on in the European Parliament, giving people an insight into my work and my views.
I'm often asked why I want to be an MEP, especially in recent years when politicians have hardly been 'Top of the Pops' in the eyes of their constituents. For me it's a matter of fighting against injustice and for equal opportunities for all. It was these causes that got me involved in politics in my native Golborne many years ago and whilst in many areas things have improved, in other areas these causes still have to be fought for.
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Following an application by the Herdwick Sheep Breeder's Association, Cumbria's famous Herdwick sheep have been given protected status by the European Commission, in a move that will help local breeders target new retailers, butchers and restaurants. Local Euro MP Brian Simpson, who leads for Labour on agricultural issues, said "In the wake of the horsemeat…Read more
As well as representing the North West region in Europe, local MEP Brian Simpson is chair of one of the most important committees in the European Parliament - the Transport and Tourism Committee. Last week Brian hosted a delegation of MEPs from the Committee on the visit to the North West. From strengthening passengers'…Read more
The EU has made a commitment to halve the number of road deaths in Europe by 2020, and has identified vulnerable road users such as motorcyclists as particularly at risk. In 2009, for example, 6,145 motorcycle and moped riders were killed on EU roads, representing 17% of road collision deaths that year despite accounting for just 2% of the total kilometres…Read more
In the second week of Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February - 10 March) local Euro MP Brian Simpson is congratulating British consumers for supporting Fairtrade products, and is urging the UK government to do more to strengthen the fair trade movement. Mr Simpson said "British consumers are leading the world on fair trade. In…Read more
Passenger rights are a great way to protect people travelling through Europe, but current legislation is far from perfect. As Chair of the European Parliament's Transport Committee, Brian Simpson is closely involved in plans to improve the rules to protect passengers when traveling. As part of this, he recently took…Read more