Fiona Hall MEP: Steps must be taken to stand up for Ugandan human rights

Fiona HallLib Dem MEPs have written to the European Commission urging for action to be taken over new anti-homosexual laws introduced in Uganda this week. The law will result in sentences of life imprisonment being handed out to those accused of acts of ‘aggravated homosexuality’.

This comes as today a national newspaper in Uganda published a list of the ‘top 200 homosexuals’ as a means to draw attention to high profile figures within Ugandan society who now potentially face prosecution due to the new legislation.

Leader of the Lib Dems, Fiona Hall MEP said:

“The situation in Uganda is deeply concerning and warrants steps to be taken by the EU to stand up for Ugandan human rights.

“We are calling for an LGBT protection clause to be inserted into the current Cotonou Agreement between the EU and developing nations in order to prevent the further erosion of the rights of sexual minorities.

“As Liberals we believe the EU should use its soft power to stand up for people’s rights and freedoms wherever they are in the world.”

Liberal Democrats deliver billions of EU research funding for small businesses

MEPs voted today to approve the EU’s new science programme, Horizon 2020, which will invest almost £60 billion in research and innovation over the next seven years.

Fiona Hall, leader of the UK Liberal Democrat MEPs and European industry spokesperson, commented:

“This is an exciting time for the research community and for businesses up and down the country. Liberal Democrats have ensured that over £2.3 billion will be allocated to small innovative businesses, which provide the key to creating new skilled jobs and rebalancing the economy. We also pushed for simpler rules to reduce administrative costs and make it easier for smaller firms to apply for funding.” Continue reading

Hall: EU telecoms proposal can cement UK’s place as a leading digital economy

In his annual State of the Union speech today at the European Parliament, Commission President Barroso unveiled proposals to create a single telecoms market in the EU which could boost annual GDP growth across the EU by around 0.9%. The proposals include phasing out mobile phone roaming charges and new rules to improve consumer protection.

Fiona Hall MEP, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, commented:

“A truly integrated telecoms sector will mean lower prices and more choice for customers. Putting an end to mobile roaming charges will mean people can go on holiday in Europe without having to worry about racking up large bills while they’re abroad. And new measures will prevent the misleading advertising of internet speeds so you can be sure that you are getting what you pay for.” Continue reading

Yes to reform – No to repatriation

 

Fiona Hall MEPCommenting on the Foreign Affair’s Committee report on the UK’s relationship with the EU, the leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament, Fiona Hall MEP, said:

“The report makes it crystal clear that the way to reform the EU is by engaging in a pan-European debate and negotiation and not by seeking special treatment as envisaged by the Conservative party. Continue reading

Hall: Nigel Lawson short-sighted and reckless on EU

Fiona Hall MEPResponding to Lord Lawson’s call for the UK to leave the European Union Fiona Hall MEP, the leader of the Liberal Democrat delegation in the European parliament, commented:

 “It is absurd to suggest that we must somehow choose between trade with Europe and with the rest of the world. We are on the cusp of a game-changing trade deal between the EU and the US, worth billions of pounds to the British economy, and major trade agreements with India and Japan are also in the pipeline. To leave the EU now would be ridiculous. We would be turning our back to the global economy and jeopardising crucial trade and investment.” Continue reading