1. London and UK
Jean spoke on a panel at Halkevi, the Turkish and Kurdish Community†
Centre in Stoke Newington, Hackney, on the issue of violence against†
Kurdish women, as part of a public event.
As part of Refugee Week, Jean spoke at the national conference on†
deportations to Iraq in central London, along with MPs and†
representatives of refugee rights organisations. She has joined the†
national committee of the campaign organisation, the Coalition to†
Stop Deportations to Iraq.
On the eve of the World Day Against Torture, Jean spoke at Liberty's†
emergency demonstration outside the US Embassy calling to close†
Guantanamo Bay and end "torture flights". Liberty is calling for an†
independent inquiry into UK assistance with CIA ďtorture flightsĒ.
Jean was a guest at the multicultural environment day at Al Tawhid†
Mosque in Leyton. There was a children's competition and Jean awarded†
GHARWEG held a seminar on immigration in the UK, with a focus on the†
BNP. Jean was the Green Party speaker, and, as well as contributions†
from the other political parties, discussions were led by Christian†
Aid's Head of Global Advocacy.
CND and the Indian Workers Association held a conference in Leicester†
on nuclear issues in relation to South Asia, which sought to raise†
these issues with the people from the UK's Asian population. Jean led†
a workshop and spoke in the Plenary, giving a Green perspective, and†
focusing on sustainable development. Anti-nuclear MPs participated,†
along with CND chair, Kate Hudson.
Jean attended the Rise Festival at Finsbury Park, along with fellow†
London Greens, where the new bespoke leaflet/membership form was†
Jean was a panel speaker at the European Commission's conference†
aimed at increasing London's voluntary sector involvement in policy†
Jean attended the annual Waltham Forest Green Fair, along with other†
Jean has received a lot of correspondence on the situation in†
Lebanon, following the start of the Israeli military attacks. Jean†
has signed a joint letter to Tony Blair and has written to the EU†
President, calling for greater action to bring about an immediate†
ceasefire and a negotiated settlement. Jean's statement on the†
situation is included elsewhere in this newsletter.
Jean has also received a lot of letters on LGBT issues, specifically†
in relation to Eastern Europe and Russia, following ongoing anti-LGBT†
attitudes and violence, and the decision of the Latvian authorities†
to ban Gay Pride in Riga. Jean has been making regular statements on†
these issues and will continue to work via the Parliament's LGBT†
Intergroup to push these issues at EU-level.
Jean submitted an objection to Novera Energy's proposed gasification†
plant, planned for Havering. She highlighted how the technology,†
though not identical to mass burn incineration, requires the use of†
paper and plastic, which should be recycled.
A response was also made by Jean to Defra's consultation on its Air†
Quality Strategy. Jean highlighted the need to maintain legally†
binding standards, including high binding standards at EU-level. She†
focused on the need for action to curb aviation and for traffic†
reduction if air quality standards are to be reached (currently they†
Seminar on waste and fuel
Jean hosted a half-day expert seminar on waste and fuel. A speaker†
from Imperial College gave a presentation on hydrogen fuel†
technology, with possible applications for London.
2. Brussels and Beyond
Jean hosted an EPSU (European Federation of Public Services Unions)†
journalists meeting in Brussels where social services were the topic†
Jean gave the European Parliament perspective at this conference on†
transport and social exclusion. The UK is the first national†
government to mainstream accessibility policy. Jean highlighted how†
we can integrate transport into social policies and vice versa.
Finnish Presidency EMPL meeting
In a meeting with employment representatives from the new Presidency,†
Jean listened to their social affairs priorities and put forward the†
Green's pressing issues. One of the key policy areas to be addressed†
by the Finnish Presidency will be improving the quality of working life.
European Policy Centre Conference
Jean chaired a conference session on the subject of free movement,†
which focused on UK research about why people from the new member†
states are working in the UK and why employers want them.
Jean talked with the President of Medecins du Monde to discuss third†
country nationals and access to care. Later in the week she met with†
a group of Sri Lankan MPs. Jean also participated in a British†
regional trade unionists Q&A session about how the EP works.
In Strasbourg this month, Jean delivered two speeches to Plenary. In†
the first, Jean called for the Parliament's Inquiry into alleged CIA†
torture flights to continue its investigation. She also spoke on†
migration, highlighting the need for a holistic approach which†
addresses both trade and development.
Jean travelled to Serbia to speak at a Summer Camp which was part of†
a European Youth Campaign for Diversity. Jean talked about anti-
discrimination and the Green European vision.
3. Comment on Current Affairs
Jean has been receiving a lot of constituent letters on the situation†
in the Lebanon. Here is an extract from her response (the full text†
is available at http://www.jeanlambertmep.org.uk):
I am horrified by what is happening in Lebanon - which has only very†
recently begun to experience real independence after years of†
conflict and effective occupation by both Israel and Syria.
I consider Israeli action in both Gaza and Lebanon to be†
disproportionate, collective punishment. I believe the British and US†
Governments should have supported the UN in calling for a ceasefire,†
pushing for a negotiated settlement and an international UN†
stabilising force. Israeli action, in face of severe provocation,†
will only make a peaceful, sustainable outcome more difficult.
I am sure the Green Group in the European Parliament will renew its†
calls for the suspension of the EU-Israel agreement and reiterate our†
demands for Israel to pay the tax money which is due to the†
Palestinian authorities. Failed states are not in the interests of†
their own citizens or the international community. We also support†
the need for international humanitarian aid.
Although it is difficult for the EU to speak with one voice on this†
matter, given the position of the UK Government, I welcome reports†
that the Finnish Presidency of the EU has made it clear that the EU†
has not given a green light to Israel to continue its military†
activities. However, I have written to the EU President, as well as†
to the Commission and the President of the European Parliament,†
raising the above issues. I have also signed a joint letter from the†
peace movement to Tony Blair.
4. Dates for the Diary
30 July, Voices for Lebanon and Palestine Rally, Trafalgar Square
6 August, The Peace Cycle - London to Jerusalem bike ride for peace.†
6 August, Hiroshima Day and 9 August, Nagasaki Day
10 August, proposed International Day for the victims of chemical†
20 August 2006, Capital Age Festival, Bernie Spain Gardens, central†
2 September, Jean speaking at the CND Preventing Trident Replacement†
Conference, TUC Congress House, London
5 September, Jean hosting an event on Free Movement with the European†
Citizen Action Service, Strasbourg
13 September, Launch of EU Report on social exclusion of young gay†
21-24 September, Green Party Conference, Hove
22 September, 'The future of public services' at Green Party†
conference, with Jean and speaker from European Federation of Public†
Service Unions, EPSU.
23 September, 'No Trident Replacement' and anti-war demonstration,†
5. Previous Newsletters
For previous Newsletters see Jean's website - http://