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Firstly, let me wish you a very Happy New Year.

It's now just over 100 days since I took my seat as our Labour MEP in the European Parliament, replacing our good friend Glenis Willmott as she began her well-earned retirement.

Here's a quick video with some highlights from my first 100 days.



I made my maiden speech in the European Parliament on the important issue of mental health and tackling stigma. This will be a key area of my work in the coming months and I am pleased to be part of the Mental Health Europe Coalition in the European Parliament.

I've been appointed to the Parliament's Environment, Health & Food Safety Committee where I lead for Labour on health policy. I am doing a lot of work on the health and NHS implications of Brexit - read an article I wrote for the New Statesman here.

I'm a member of the Employment & Social Affairs Committee where I am leading for the Social Group in the Parliament on two reports - one on gender equality in the media, and another on supporting people back to work from illness and injury.

Before becoming an MEP I was supporting the TUC’s Dying to Work campaign which aims to secure stronger employment rights for people with a terminal illness. I am now leading this campaign in the European Parliament including setting up a new MEP group to take this important campaign forward at EU level.

On my first day as an MEP I launched my #ErasmusFuture campaign to keep the UK in Erasmus. I want young people from our region and across the country to benefit from these opportunities in the future - here’s a LabourList article about my campaign and you can sign my petition here.



I am working closely with trade unions on Brexit and workers' rights -  this will be a key campaigning issue in the coming months and I am also working on key areas of industrial policy, particularly with Unite the Union on aerospace and automotive, key sectors for our regional economy and jobs.

I have spoken in the Parliament on the dreadful and heartbreaking situation facing child refugees in Calais - see the speech here. I also spoke on the important issue of citizens' rights and Brexit: the rights of EU citizens in the UK and vice-versa must be protected.

I have asked Parliamentary Questions on issues including online hate speech, EU funding for small businesses in the region, several areas of health policy, homelessness and child poverty: you can see all my Parliamentary Questions here.



Labour Campaign for the Single Market event

I will be one of the speakers at an event on the importance of the Single Market at 3pm on Saturday 3rd February at the Queens Walk Community Centre, Nottingham.

The event is organised by the Labour Campaign for the Single Market and other speakers include Lilian Greenwood MP and Heidi Alexander MP. Find out more details and how to register here.


East Midlands Brexit State of Play Report

In the coming months I will be publishing my own State of Play report on the Brexit negotiations and our future relationship with the EU. Clearly I wish Brexit wasn’t happening, but it is crucial that businesses, trade unions, citizens, young people and all our communities have their voices heard.

As I write my own State of Play report I'll be holding events and meetings with stakeholders and communities across the region - keep an eye on my Facebook page for updates.


Trip to the European Parliament and Brussels

Later this year I am planning to organise a trip to Brussels including a tour of the European Parliament, policy workshops, discussions with MEPs, social activities including a visit to a Belgian chocolatier and much more.

More details will be coming soon - keep an eye out for future emails with further information and registration details.


Join me at East Midlands Regional Conference 2018

East Midlands Labour Party's regional conference is a great opportunity for members to hear from inspiring speakers, attend campaign training sessions and have your say on key issues in policy debates. Click here for more information.

I’ll also be holding breakout sessions to get your thoughts on Brexit to feed into my State of Play report. Check your conference agenda for details and I hope to see you there.


I promise not to your fill your inbox with emails all the time, but I do plan to email party members periodically with updates and news about my work as your MEP.

Again, you can keep up to date with my work through my Facebook page and Twitter

Until next time, best wishes,

Rory


Rory Palmer MEP
Labour MEP for the East Midlands
Harold Wilson House
23 Barratt Lane, Attenborough
NG9 6AD
office@rorypalmer.org



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