17 January

With the Prime Minister’s Brexit deal heavily defeated in the House of Commons and with Labour's attempt to achieve a general election also defeated Paul Brannen MEP answers the question, 'What now?'

15 January

My most disconcerting experience in my time as a Member of the European Parliament occurred a couple of years back as I sat in a Newcastle barber’s chair.  Most politicians are hard-wired to identify differences with the opposition and to work to exploit them to electoral advantage, it’s the way

07 January

Before we broke off for Christmas, the European Parliament and the Council reached a provisional agreement on new measures to tackle marine litter at its source.

30 December

As we head into another year it is a time to look to the future. Yet with all the talk of elections and referendums I am reminded of past events that helped my journey into politics. 

18 December

I didn’t stay at Norham High School in North Shields long enough to take up the opportunity of studying for an O-level in Norwegian.

04 December

As we head into winter and the temperature falls we will all be turning the heating on and up.  For those on low incomes this is a difficult time of year as worries over bills and how to pay them increase.  Many people will be forced to choose between eating and heating.

20 November

“There is no bigger threat facing humanity than climate change”, said Jeremy Corbyn in his speech to the 2018 Labour Party conference in Liverpool.  “Labour will kick-start a Green Jobs Revolution that will help tackle climate change, provide sustainable energy for the future and create skilled j

23 October

Climate change is indeed, as Al Gore said, an Inconvenient Truth.  The stark science as set out in the latest report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) gives us 12 years to get our act together or face irreversible climate change.

17 October

Paul Brannen MEP's speech at the Paper & Beyond conference in the European Parliament in Brussels


All politicians are faced from time to time with tensions between a leadership role as regards public opinion and a representative role re public opinion. 

09 October

While sitting in the European Parliament in September listening to Viktor Orbán, the increasingly authoritarian leader of Hungary, address MEPs it brought to mind that elements of the British establishment, including the uncrowned king the Duke of Windsor, were attracted to Hitler and his Nationa


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