Margot Parker MEP - feminine hygiene is not a 'choice'

23 October 2018

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It appears we are still no nearer getting the tax on sanitary products scrapped.
The EU looks set to have certain goods, such as taxes on products like tampons, abolished. This would mean the UK government can then implement a zero rate on these items.
But, in the EU council, this vote has to be decided unanimously. Therefore, if one country vetoes it, then it will not pass.
I understand representatives from one country have not even read the proposal and may be the one to veto it.
As it stands it could be six months or more before we see any progression.
In the UK women are still in 'period poverty' as the the Government is 'not allowed' to lower the VAT rate because of these EU rules, which class sanitary products as 'non-essential'.
What a ridiculous state of affairs - feminine hygiene is not a 'choice'.
Whatever happens in the coming months, once we leave the EU the Government must make good its promise to end this tax immediately.

 

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Margot Parker MEP - Reports indicate nearly 350 babies were found dead in Karachi with 99 per cent of them being girls

9 October 2018

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I was appalled and disgusted to read that hundreds of dead newborn girls have been discovered in Pakistani rubbish dumps.

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Margot Parker MEP - fantastic idea the proposed scheme is to honour Lincoln's historic figures

9 October 2018

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What a fantastic idea the proposed scheme is to honour Lincoln's historic figures and events by erecting blue plaques across the city.

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Margot Parker MEP - shocked at case of Christian mother facing death penalty over blasphemy

8 October 2018

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THE widespread persecution of Christians must stop says MEP Margot Parker.

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Margot Parker MEP - While tied to the EU, the UK still cannot set its own VAT rates

8 October 2018

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Australia has finally scrapped the tampon tax, which is something we in the UK can both applaud and learn from.

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Margot Parker MEP - We have to ensure our police force is adequately funded and paid for

5 October 2018

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I applaud the efforts of residents of Chaddesden, who, fearing a rise in crime and anti-social behaviour, have started to police their own streets.

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Margot Parker MEP - has praised the outstanding courage of Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

5 October 2018

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MEP Margot Parker has praised the outstanding courage of Nobel Peace Prize winners Dr Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad.

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Margot Parker MEP - Enough is enough - families are squeezed by ever-increasing bills as it is

2 October 2018

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LINCOLNSHIRE MEP Margot Parker has said local communities already pay enough for services amid claims people may have to fork out more for policing.

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Margot Parker MEP - right and proper heterosexual couples should be able to choose a civil partnership

2 October 2018

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MEP Margot Parker, who fights for equal rights on the EU's FEMM committee, (Women's Rights and Gender Equality), said: "It is only right and proper heterosexual couples should be able to choose a civil partnership.

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