Baroness Ludford
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Sarah Ludford was elected to the European Parliament as MEP for London in 1999. She is the Liberal Democrat European spokeswoman on justice & human rights and a leading member of the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice & home affairs committee and human rights sub-committee. She is a specialist in European measures to combat crime, uphold civil liberties, control borders, offer asylum and manage migration. Sarah campaigns hard for a cleaner environment in London that meets the EU’s strict standards on air and water quality. She helped successfully oppose the Heathrow 3rd runway and any increase in flights at London City airport. Sarah is vice chair of the European Parliament delegation for relations with the US, a member of the delegation to the Western Balkans and vice-president of Liberal Democrat Friends of Israel.

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Young People Deserve a Voice in the EU Referendum

(4) Comments | Posted 18 November 2015 | (00:00)

A hundred years ago it was common to hear arguments such as "it's too much responsibility", "they aren't mature enough", "their fathers can vote on their behalf" being used by those who were opposed to giving women the vote.

We are now rightly appalled at such patronising and conservative...

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EU Telecoms Reforms Will Enhance Consumer Choice and Economic Growth

(0) Comments | Posted 3 April 2014 | (15:12)

MEPs have adopted their position on the most ambitious reform of the EU telecoms market for a quarter of a century, as a basis for negotiations with the EU governments in the Council of Ministers.

The mobile phone app industry is worth an estimated €11 billion and supports almost 800,000...

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Despite Their Claim to Be a Libertarian Party, Ukip Have a Shocking Record on LGBT Rights

(54) Comments | Posted 25 January 2014 | (00:00)

On the Ukip website, it states "As a libertarian party, we are entirely at ease with their (LGBTI community) choice and wish all of them well." I question the appropriateness of this folksy language and the implication that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice, particularly considering that LGBTI citizens...

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European Arrest Warrant 12th Birthday: Time to Reflect on Both Success and Reform

(0) Comments | Posted 13 December 2013 | (15:27)

12 years ago, European leaders reached a historic agreement on the European Arrest Warrant (EAW), streamlining a cumbersome and politicised extradition system in favour of judge-led procedures. Since then, the Euro-warrant has helped bring thousands of serious criminals and terrorists to justice, including one of the 2005 London...

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Tory Push for EU Policing Cooperation Optout Harmful to British Security

(0) Comments | Posted 29 April 2013 | (14:52)

The Abu Qatada saga demonstrates the challenging complexity of extraditing suspected criminals and terrorists through bilateral arrangements. Of course there are special features in that case and it concerns a non-EU country, but it still serves to highlight the sheer absurdity of the Conservatives' desire to pull out of the...

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US Drone Killings Pose a Threat to International Law

(2) Comments | Posted 12 March 2013 | (10:34)

On 6 March, Members of the European Parliament Ana Gomes, Rui Tavares, and Sarah Ludford co-sponsored an event titled 'The Human Rights Implications of the U.S. Targeted Killing Program' at the European Parliament in Brussels, at which they were briefed by UN Special Rapporteur for Counter Terrorism and Human Rights,...

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Cameron Plays With Fire in Risking a Brexit

(0) Comments | Posted 23 January 2013 | (11:51)

Billed as the event that would end the European question in UK politics, David Cameron finally delivered his long-awaited speech on Europe today. If there was any silver lining to the postponement of the speech, then it was the fact that circumstances meant he had to deliver it in London....

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