Conservative MEPs save electronic cigarettes from being taken off the shelves

Conservative MEPs save electronic cigarettes from being taken off the shelves

European Parliament vote sees Conservative MEPs save electronic cigarettes from being taken off the shelves. Conservative MEPs have saved electronic cigarettes from being removed from shelves across Europe following a vote in the European Parliament today. The European Commission sought to classify electronic cigarettes, which have become a popular method of helping people to quit smoking ordinary tobacco cigarettes, as a medicinal product. This would have led to the products being put through a rigorous and costly authorisation procedure after having been taken off shelves while ordinary tobacco cigarettes, which are much more harmful, remained available. Conservative MEPs led the amendment to remove the classification of e-cigarettes as medicinal products in order to make them as widely available as possible. The other main results of the vote include the removal of a ban on slim cigarettes and the enlargement of health warnings on cigarette packets to 65% while still allowing room for effective trademarks to help counter illicit trading. However, despite Conservative efforts, menthol cigarettes will be banned after an eight year transition period. Speaking after the vote, Ms McClarkin said: “Today’s vote is a victory for common sense as far as e-cigarettes are concerned. Hundreds of my own constituents have written to me telling me how effective these products have been in helping them quit smoking ordinary cigarettes. I am pleased that we can reduce the harm of smoking by continuing to allow e-cigarettes to be made as widely available as possible. This is also a victory for small businesses, many of whom would have struggled to cope with the authorisation demands that the EU would have placed...
MEP & The Global Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse Content

MEP & The Global Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse Content

East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin hosted an event at the Conservative Party Conference alongside the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) this week, titled ‘The Global Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse Content’. The event was chaired by Maria Miller, Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport. It was also attended by Claire Perry MP, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on the Prevention of the Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood; Vicky Ford MEP; and Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation. Miss McClarkin has been a vocal proponent of the fight against online child abuse, and she was delighted to be able to arrange the event: “I’m really pleased that I could host this event with the Internet Watch Foundation. They have been doing a lot of good work with the UK government recently and we both felt that this event would be particularly relevant in light of recent high profile criminal cases involving child sexual abuse images. “The UK is a world leader when it comes to fighting this horrific crime, as is the European Union. However, what we wanted to point out through this event is that UK and EU action is not enough; the fight must be a global one because of the nature of the internet and new technology, making it easier for these images to cross borders and be seen in UK and European homes. The IWF exports its expertise internationally and through pushing this cause we hope that one day governments across the world will have adopted the same standards in combatting child sexual abuse images online. “I am passionate about this...
The Bingham Triangle

The Bingham Triangle

The old market town of Bingham is a just small settlement on in between Nottingham and Newark, but there have been increasing reports of strange meteorological conditions in Bingham and the immediate surrounding areas. Recent revelations have uncovered a “microclimate” stemming from the centre of Bingham and travelling northwards towards East Bridgford, and in a southerly direction towards the small village of Cropwell Bishop in Nottinghamshire. This area between these three geographical points, where the variations in climate have occurred, is coming to be known as “The Bingham Triangle” – taking its name from The Bermuda Triangle, the infamous triangular space notorious for the disappearance for several planes and ships. No planes or ships have been reported missing in the Bingham area however, but the interesting microclimate that has been reported is causing a stir amongst authorities, academics and the local residents. A microclimate is an atmospheric zone that hosts a different climate to the surrounding areas. These types of zones can vary in size from the very small; microclimates have been known to exist in spaces of just a few feet, to large masses of land measuring a number of square miles. The latter is more suitable to the phenomenon experienced in and around Bingham. What has been witnessed in “The Bingham Triangle” is that the weather front will noticeably change upon the approach to the borders of this “triangle”. The sort of microclimate behaviour that has been reported demonstrate that it will be sunny in other neighbouring counties and towns, such as in Lincolnshire or even in Nottinghamshire itself, but it will be cloudy, overcast or even...
East Mid. MEP & Joanna Lumley demand action on Pig Welfare

East Mid. MEP & Joanna Lumley demand action on Pig Welfare

East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin has joined forced with Joanna Lumley and Compassion in World farming to voice her concerns about widespread breaches of new EU pig-farming regulations, which came into force this year. The EU legislation was introduced in 2003 with a ten year implementation phase to improve animal welfare standards in Pig Farming. The UK is fully compliant but sadly this legislation is not being implemented in 14 member states across the EU, where pigs are still enduring poor standards of care. Miss Lumley spoke passionately about the plight of pigs suffering in farms which do not comply with the standards the EU set out some ten years ago. Miss Lumley referred to a recent film and report by Compassion in World Farming stating that out of 45 farms visited in 6 EU countries, 44 of them were breaking parts of EU law on the welfare of pigs. Miss McClarkin is also concerned that UK pig farmers have already made significant investments to ensure they comply with the new rules, and are therefore at a competitive disadvantage compared with farmers in other EU countries who haven’t yet complied. Miss McClarkin said: “I know that many pig farmers here in the East Midlands have already made significant investments to raise welfare standards and ensure that they comply with these new rules. “Sadly, as was the case with Battery Hen Eggs, even with a lengthy warning period many EU Member States have failed to implement this new EU legislation by the deadline thus leaving an uneven playing field. “I am determined to ensure that pig farmers in other member...
Judo Juniors celebrate grading successes

Judo Juniors celebrate grading successes

Juniors of the Vale Judo Club, Bingham, have now passed their first grading since the club opened its door in June this year. It is a year on from the London 2012 Olympics and Team GB judo medal successes have already encouraged over 100 youngsters from the local area to take up Vale Judo classes. Vale Judo coaches are now accompanying several of the juniors from the Bingham club to competions in Nottingham and Oakham over the next few months – good luck to all who are competing! If you looking for a fun and challenging sport to help your youngster: Gain confidence and improve concentration Have fun and make friends Get fit and develop skills Travel and compete Why not bring them along to try a judo class for free and join in the fun! The club  runs classes in Bingham between 6:00-7:00pm on Thursdays at the Bingham Leisure Centre. Classes are filling up fast so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Vale Judo Club was established in 2003, became a member of the British Judo Association and has rapidly grown to become the largest and one of the most successful judo clubs in the country having won the British Judo Club of the Year award. The club is celebrating its 10 year anniversary on 28th September, as well as the launch of eight new satellite clubs, with a gathering of past and present members. More information on Vale Judo and our classes can be found at...