Alex MAYER : 8th parliamentary term 

Political groups 

  • 15-11-2016 / 01-07-2019 : Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament - Member

National parties 

  • 15-11-2016 / 01-07-2019 : Labour Party (United Kingdom)

Member 

  • 30-11-2016 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 30-11-2016 / 18-01-2017 : Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • 30-11-2016 / 12-02-2017 : Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia
  • 19-01-2017 / 04-02-2018 : Committee on Foreign Affairs
  • 19-01-2017 / 04-02-2018 : Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • 13-02-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation for relations with the United States
  • 05-02-2018 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs

Substitute 

  • 29-11-2016 / 18-01-2017 : Committee on Employment and Social Affairs
  • 29-11-2016 / 18-01-2017 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 29-11-2016 / 01-07-2019 : Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee
  • 19-01-2017 / 24-01-2018 : Subcommittee on Security and Defence
  • 19-01-2017 / 01-07-2019 : Committee on Employment and Social Affairs

Main parliamentary activities 

Contributions to plenary debates 
Speeches made during the plenary session and written declarations relating to plenary debates. Rules Rule 204 and 171(11)

Motions for resolutions 
Motions for resolutions are tabled on topical issues, at the request of a committee, a political group or at least 5% of the Members, and voted on in plenary. Rule 132, Rule 136, Rule 139, Rule 144.

Oral questions 
Questions for oral answer with debate, addressed to the European Commission, the Council or the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union can be tabled by a committee, a political group or at least 5% of Parliament’s members. Rule 136

Other parliamentary activities 

Written explanations of vote 
Members can submit a written explanation of their vote in plenary. Rule 194

European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) (A8-0461/2018 - Verónica Lope Fontagné)  
 

. – This report covers European Social Fund Plus (ESF+) funding for 2021-2027, looking at creating employment and social inclusion linked to 11 specific objectives. What foresight! What a difference from the state of affairs in Britain where we do not have the faintest idea what is going to happen at the end of this week. ESF funding currently makes a real difference in my region, with the Luton Aspire Project providing mentoring to get young people into work, supporting carers in Leigh on Sea and training the next generation of farm managers in East Anglia. However, organisations have been left completely in the dark about replacements for European funding programmes after Brexit. The Government have promised to replace the GBP 447 million of European funding that the East of England receives with a new ‘Shared Prosperity Fund’. However, they have completely failed to give details as to how the fund will actually work. We need clarity. The Shared Prosperity Fund needs more than a snazzy name.

Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (A8-0317/2018 - Frédérique Ries)  
 

If we don’t want to have more plastic than fish in our seas in the next few decades, we need to act now.
Every year across Europe, 150 000 tonnes of plastic are dumped into the sea, which is why I am pleased to vote for this important new legislation to say no to single-use plastics and stop this pollution.
This is about moving away from a throwaway culture. So it becomes unthinkable to use plastic cutlery, plates or straws just once and then chuck them into the bin.
I am also pleased that this is EU wide action. After all, a plastic bottle discarded on the beach at Clacton can wash up on the shores of continental Europe and vice—versa. The big challenges of our time require cross border co-operation.

EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement (A8-0053/2019 - David Martin)  
 

. ‒ The Investment Protection Agreement between the EU and Singapore will benefit only those who have already benefited the most from globalisation. It will create new privileges for multinationals in 16 EU Member States, and fail to remove the privileges that already exist in the other 12. Because it provides special justice to foreign investors, it directly attacks the fundamental principle that we should all be equal before the law, no matter how rich or poor.
And there is no economic argument to support it. The Commission has never been able to demonstrate any link between investment court systems (ICS) or investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and investment flows – because there isn’t one. Another way is possible. The argument that you need ICS to eradicate ISDS is completely disingenuous. I fundamentally object to any kind of privileged justice for multinationals and so I voted against this unworthy agreement.

Written questions 
Members can submit a specific number of questions to the President of the European Council, the Council, the Commission and the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union, for written answer. Rule 138, Annex III

Declarations 

Declaration of financial interests