Wycombe Liberal Democrat Chairman Neil Timberlake, and leader of the LibDem group on Wycombe District Council Simon Parker took the Eurostar to Brussels to meet with Catherine Bearder MEP and her staff, and have a personal guided tour of the European Parliament.
Neil said “It was my first visit to Brussels, a place I have long wanted to visit, and it was a great opportunity to see behind the scenes and learn about the work of the European Parliament and what our MEPs have been doing there”.
“The next elections for the European Parliament take place in the UK on 22 May and these are vitally important to shape the future of the EU and Britain’s place within it. Nigel Farage’s UKIP and right-wing Conservatives are pushing the UK towards the exit door – putting upwards of 3 million UK jobs at risk in the process and threatening to seriously damage the UK’s worldwide influence and diplomatic and trading positions. The Labour Party are too timid to make a stand on these important issues, and it has been left to the Liberal Democrats to make the case for internationalism and retaining and strengthening Britain’s positive international role.”
Simon and Neil were shown one of the committee rooms and had their photo taken next to the European Union flag at the main rostrum and were treated to a working lunch with Catherine.
The Wycombe LibDem delegation were then allowed a peek into the chamber of the Parliament just before it went into session.
Simon said “Liberal Democrat members in Wycombe are working hard to ensure that Catherine Bearder gets re-elected to the European Parliament in May, alongside Anthony Hook our new candidate who is seeking to replace our other MEP in this region, Sharon Bowles, who is stepping down. We are putting out some excellent literature for the campaign”