LABOUR has two Scottish MEPs in the European Parliament, David Martin and Catherine Stihler. They are two of the six MEPs representing the whole of Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg.
Residents in the Bo’ness area can contact either to discuss matters relating to the EU. (See the panel below for their roles.)
David Martin has been an MEP since 1984. He attended Liberton High School and Heriot-Watt University where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Economics. He also has an MA in European Management and and Employment Law from the University of Leicester. In his spare time David Martin enjoys sport and reading.
Catherine Stihler was born in 1973 and was elected to the European Parliament in 1999. Catherine gained a MA (Hons) in Geography and International Relations and a M.Litt in International Security Studies, both from the University of St Andrews in Fife. She was formerly a researcher and facilitator to Anne Begg MP. She has served as the Young Labour representative on the Labour Party’s National Executive Committee and is a former member of the Party’s National Policy Forum.
Her personal interests include running marathons for charity (New York, London and Edinburgh), yoga, swimming, music, film and studying languages.
WHAT MEPs DO (Source UK Office on the European Parliament).
Your MEPs are your representatives in the European Union. Their job is to represent your interests and those of your city or region in Europe. They do this by listening to people with local and national concerns, to interest groups and businesses. Where necessary, they question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
Above all, MEPs pass laws that affect many aspects of our lives, for example:
how many hours employees throughout the EU can be required to work and how much rest and holiday they must be given;
- which pesticides are safe to use on the food grown in the EU;
- how much you pay for mobile phone calls when you go to another EU country;
- how to use and label Genetically Modified Organisms;
- making children’s toys safe;
- the safety of thousands of chemicals used in everyday manufactured goods such as TVs and sofas;
- cleaning up the air we breathe and the water we drink and swim in;
- getting health care in another EU country either on holiday or when the queue is too long in your own country;
- making it easier to study at university in another EU country.
MEPs also have an important role to play on the big issues of our times such as climate change, human rights in the world and the way in which we regulate our financial markets.
MEPs have the power to approve, amend or reject nearly all EU legislation.