Labour MEPs secure key Parliament positions

26 January 2017

Labour MEPs have been re-elected as chairs of the European Parliament civil liberties and international development committees this week, at the midpoint of the current parliamentary term, when all positions are up for election.

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour’s Leader in the European Parliament, said:

“Labour MEPs will continue to work hard for our constituents for as long as we are members of the European Union, and we will scrutinise the Brexit process across all European Parliament committees, each of which will have an input.

“The European Parliament will play a crucial role in the Brexit negotiations, and MEPs will have a vote on the final deal, so it is vital that we stay involved and continue to show leadership and work with colleagues from across the parliament.”

Claude Moraes MEP, chair of the European Parliament civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said:

“I am very pleased to have been re-elected as chair of the civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, dealing with issues as wide-ranging as protecting citizens’ fundamental rights, responding to the refugee crisis and tackling cross-border crime and terrorism.

“These are major areas on which Britain must continue to have a crucial relationship with our European partners even after leaving the EU - these issues cannot be tackled in isolation and will continue to require close cooperation.”

Linda McAvan MEP, chair of the European Parliament development committee, said:

“I am delighted to have been re-elected as the chair of the international development committee, and will work to ensure we play a full part in tackling poverty across the world and help developing countries make progress in meeting the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

“Britain has traditionally played a leading role on international development in Europe, and we must ensure we continue to do so, and that the good work we have done carries on into the future.”

Labour MEPs have also been elected as vice-chairs of the committees on the internal market, budgetary control, women’s rights, and security and defence.

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