Clare Moody

MEP for the South West and Gibraltar

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This week, the European Commission published its Plastics Strategy.
I welcome the Commission’s strategy to reduce plastic waste and I am glad to see the Commission recognising the need to tackle the plastic pollution crisis. But we must push for more ambitious proposals for action.
 
While the Commission's objective to make all plastic material reusable and recyclable by 2030 is positive we need more action, for example with theintroduction of minimum recycled content standards for new products coming onto the European market and take firmer action on banning micro-plastics.
 
The Commission must commit to extend eco-design to the resource efficiency requirements and it is essential to bring forward ambitious legislation to drastically reduce the consumption of single-use plastic items within this Commission’s term.

Clare tentatively welcomes Plastics Strategy

This week, the European Commission published its Plastics Strategy. I welcome the Commission’s strategy to reduce plastic waste and I am glad to see the Commission recognising the need to tackle...

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Labour politicians from across the West are calling on the UK Government to commission and publish economic assessments of how Brexit will affect the West of England now. 

Government must consider impact of Brexit on the West of England, and do so now, warn Labour politicians

Labour politicians from across the West are calling on the UK Government to commission and publish economic assessments of how Brexit will affect the West of England now.  Read more

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Brexit update

Last week, MPs provided a much welcome shot in the arm for the Brexit process. By supporting Dominic Grieve’s Amendment 7, Parliament will now have a meaningful say on the Brexit deal. I want to put on record my thanks to the Conservative MPs who placed the national interest above that of their party and supported this amendment alongside the Labour Party including, of course, our seven South West Labour MPs. That vote demonstrated that Theresa May has no mandate and no majority for the Hard Brexit favoured by Johnson, Fox and Rees-Mogg. Common sense prevailed in Parliament last Wednesday; I hope that it will continue to guide the days, weeks and months ahead. 

December 2017 monthly update

Brexit update Last week, MPs provided a much welcome shot in the arm for the Brexit process. By supporting Dominic Grieve’s Amendment 7, Parliament will now have a meaningful say... Read more

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Explaining why they voted in favour of a European Parliament resolution supporting progressing Brexit negotiations to the next phase, two South West MEPs, Clare Moody (Labour) and Molly Scott Cato (Green), issued the following joint statement:

Vote for Brexit sufficient progress

Explaining why they voted in favour of a European Parliament resolution supporting progressing Brexit negotiations to the next phase, two South West MEPs, Clare Moody (Labour) and Molly Scott Cato (Green), issued... Read more

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Tory MEPs voted today against calls for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia - the day after Theresa May’s visit to Riyadh, during which she reaffirmed the UK government’s political and military backing for the regime.

Clare condemns Tory MEPs vote against EU arms embargo on Saudi Arabia

Tory MEPs voted today against calls for an EU arms embargo against Saudi Arabia - the day after Theresa May’s visit to Riyadh, during which she reaffirmed the UK government’s... Read more

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Today marks the International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 2017. Each year, this day is supported by politicians, charities, NGOs and activists across the world. But each winter as this day comes around, we are reminded of how much work we still have to do.

Sadly, when it comes to the fight to eliminate violence against women, progress is slow and frustrating. In the past 12 months, further dark clouds have gathered. As the digital revolution progresses, we are seeing a worryingly high increase in online abuse, the majority of which is directed at women. We have a US President who regularly objectifies women, and yet was still elected as President of the United States.

Globally, it is estimated that at least one in three women will be sexually or physically abused at some point in her life and in certain countries up to 70% of murdered women are killed by their partner. Almost 750 million women and girls alive today were married before their 18th birthday.

In recent months, we have read hundreds, if not thousands, of accounts of sexual abuse, harassment and assault from women working in Hollywood and far beyond, including in our own houses of parliament. Millions have rallied behind the hashtag #MeToo online, further exposing the sheer scale of sexual harassment and other forms of violence that women suffer, daily.

But these stories are only the stories that women can bear to tell, and are only the stories of those who have access to our online global community. So against this backdrop, the message of this year’s Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is ‘Leave No One Behind’.

This campaign aims to raise awareness and spark a global conversation on the need for inclusive and sustainable programmes, policies, and resources. No matter where violence against women happens, whether it be in the home or the workplace, in war zones or in times of peace, it must be stopped. The promise of the Sustainable Development Goals—to leave no one behind—cannot be fulfilled without ending violence against all women, including the most vulnerable and marginalized.

Despite periods of darkness over the past 12 months, there is hope for a brighter, equal future, highlighted by this global campaign. Although we are faced with distressing stories in the press, and many barriers remain in our way, we must rally together to break this culture of silence and continue to fight for gender equality in all sectors of our societies, and put an end to gender-based violence for good.

International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 2017

Today marks the International Elimination of Violence Against Women Day 2017. Each year, this day is supported by politicians, charities, NGOs and activists across the world. But each winter as...

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Cabinet resignations, a Government with no majority in the Commons, a make or break budget for the Chancellor and a fast-approaching Brexit negotiating deadline means it is easy for issues to slip out of the public consciousness. Amid all this Euratom and the UK’s future nuclear safeguarding regime risk being forgotten. 

 

Clare's Guardian piece on Euratom

Cabinet resignations, a Government with no majority in the Commons, a make or break budget for the Chancellor and a fast-approaching Brexit negotiating deadline means it is easy for issues... Read more

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This last month has been tinged with sadness following the passing of former Cornwall MP Candy Atherton. Candy was vital in securing EU Objective One funding for Cornwall whilst she was the brilliant MP for Falmouth and Camborne. She dedicated her life to public service in Cornwall and made a huge difference to people's lives. Her work rate and dedication on behalf of the Cornish people and the Labour Party will be sorely missed. Candy's kindness and generosity shone through. She could always be relied upon to stand up for Cornwall and stand up for Labour values. My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with her husband Brod, her mother Pam and all of her family and friends.  We miss her.

Monthly review - October 2017

This last month has been tinged with sadness following the passing of former Cornwall MP Candy Atherton. Candy was vital in securing EU Objective One funding for Cornwall whilst she was the... Read more

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Friday (10th November) marked the day that due to the gender pay gap, women effectively stopped earning compared to men. That means there are 51 days where women, on average, are working for free.

Equal Pay Day 2017

Friday (10th November) marked the day that due to the gender pay gap, women effectively stopped earning compared to men. That means there are 51 days where women, on average, are... Read more

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This week is Living Wage UK Week, and yesterday it was announced that the Living Wage has increased to £8.75 for workers outside London. This will see over 150,000 workers receive a pay rise, which is needed even more in theses times of high inflation and wage stagnation.

Living Wage Week 2017

This week is Living Wage UK Week, and yesterday it was announced that the Living Wage has increased to £8.75 for workers outside London. This will see over 150,000 workers receive a... Read more

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