Every month, Labour MEPs debate the big issues and vote on new legislation and proposals in Strasbourg. This Strasbourg session has been another busy one for Labour MEPs. We've voted on a range of issues, from cutting the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning to cutting the amount of sugar in baby food. I also spoke in a debate about the European Council meeting in December, reminding everyone that the EU referendum should be about the jobs and rights of working people, not David Cameron.
Labour MEPs vote for new law to make gas appliances safer by cutting risk of deadly poisoning
Labour MEPs voted for a new EU regulation that will raise safety standards for boilers, gas cookers, ovens, barbecues and patio heaters. The new rules aim to prevent fatal gas poisoning, including deadly carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Labour MEPs have long campaigned for EU-wide action on carbon monoxide safety, including calling for tougher regulation of CO-emitting boilers in hotels and holiday villas, so we were very glad to vote for tougher rules.
Labour MEPs demand Commission rethink sugar free-for-all
Last Wednesday, Labour MEPs voted to limit the amount of sugar in baby food. The World Health Organisation recommends that baby food should contain less than 10%, so we didn't think the European Commission limit of 30% was strong enough. Given that one in three 11 year olds in Europe are overweight or obese, and giving young children sweet foods makes them more likely to choose unhealthy food in the future, limiting sugar in baby food should be an obvious step.
Labour MEPs urge Tories to do more than just talk and take action to solve steel crisis:
Labour MEPs reiterated our calls for the government to urgently step in and take action to save the steel sector, following the news of a further 1,000 job losses this week. Labour MEPs have long been pressing the European Commission and UK ministers to act, but we were disappointed to see Tory MEPs recently vote against a report that recommends a level playing field for the steel industry throughout Europe and proposes limiting the dumping of cheap Chinese steel.
My speech: the EU referendum should be about the jobs and rights our membership bring for working people
I spoke in the plenary chamber on the referendum last week to remind everyone that this referendum is about protecting the rights of working people - we shouldn't be distracted by political spin. You can watch my speech on youtube.
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