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Liz Lynne's Christmas and New Year Message 2012

December 23, 2011 12:01 AM

Liz Lynne recording a piece for the Leek talking newspaper.The last year has been full of historic changes, both in Europe and beyond. There has been some unexpected encouraging news, such as the huge grassroots movement for reform sweeping the Arab World.

Also unexpected was the relative success of the climate change summit in Durban in December which keeps hope alive for a truly global agreement to cut carbon emissions.

Sadly, the year has also seen crisis in the eurozone. I certainly hope that 2012 will see a renewed effort by Britain and other EU countries, either in the euro or not, to work constructively to protect trade, rebuild confidence and promote economic recovery.

The New Year will also be one of change for me personally as I am standing down in February after 12 and a half years as your local Euro MP.

I feel I have been able to achieve a lot over the years, fighting for equality and reform in the EU. Looking back, winning new legislation to tackle needlestick injuries to healthcare staff and ensuring the Employment Directive outlawed workplace discrimination against disabled people or on grounds of age are particularly important to me.

I also hope the New Year will see progress on the Equal Treatment Directive which I long campaigned for, to stop discrimination on all grounds including disability and age in access to goods and services. It is currently being held up by some countries but I hope it will go ahead.

May I wish all my constituents a happy Christmas and prosperous new year.

Liz Lynne
Liberal Democrat MEP for the West Midlands region