Mary Honeyball

MEP for London and Labour’s spokesperson for women in Europe

A pro-European feminist of a pacifist disposition, Mary has been Labour MEP for London since 2000. She sits on the Woman’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee and the Culture and Education Committee, and is a strident campaigner on issues including equal pay, sex trafficking and Britain’s role in Europe.
We Must Be Ambitious When It Comes to Prostitution - Not Accept It as a Fact of

We Must Be Ambitious When It Comes to Prostitution - Not Accept It as a Fact of Life

2014 will be a big year for the issue of prostitution. France and Ireland are both looking to move towards a Swedish-style system - which criminalises buying sex but legalises selling it - and Holland and Germany appear to be retreating from their previous laissez-faire stances. Countries like Britain (which has a muddled approach) are coming to a crossroads, and will need to choose their path: Swedish or Dutch.
23/01/2014 11:48 GMT
Women on Boards: Britain Must Lead Not Follow the Rest of

Women on Boards: Britain Must Lead Not Follow the Rest of Europe

Ahrendts' departure was timely, coming on the same day as European Parliament committees voted in favour of draft legislation requiring 40% representation for women among non-executive board members... London, Europe's main financial centre and home to some of the world's largest companies, should be leading the way on this issue.
15/10/2013 17:03 BST
The Debate About Prostitution Isn't a 'Legal Vs Illegal' Binary - We Can Find a Middle

The Debate About Prostitution Isn't a 'Legal Vs Illegal' Binary - We Can Find a Middle Way

Blanket criminalisation clearly isn't working. It doesn't address the core problem, and sometimes perpetuates it; prostitutes are convicted, criminalised, have less of a route out than before, and thus return to the sex industry. A subterranean economy is created, which is demeaning at best and dangerous at worst. So, if the current system is failing then where do we go from here? This is the question I've tried to answer through my work at the EU. There are two alternatives for the UK. The first is the well-publicised Dutch model, which legalises both being a sex worker and using one.
04/10/2013 16:51 BST