The new Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire and theHumber, Rebecca Taylor, has today taken up her new post in the European Parliament. Rebecca is replacing Diana Wallis who represented the region as a Lib Dem MEP for the past 12 years but resigned from the position earlier this year.
Hitting the ground running, the new MEP had to cast her vote on several important reports voted today during the Parliament’s plenary session inBrussels. The issues ranged from strengthening the rights of air passengers to calling for a single seat of the European Parliament in connection with a vote on the Parliament’s budget for 2013.
Speaking after the votes, Rebecca said:
“It is a great privilege and honour to represent Yorkshireand The Humber here in the European Parliament. Diana has been a great MEP for this region and I will work very hard alongside our second Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott to give our area a strong voice at the European level.
“It has been a very busy and exciting first day on the job and I can’t wait to get stuck in properly.
“One of the most important issues I want to focus on is how to tackle the youth unemployment crisis. The Liberal and Democrat Group in the European Parliament is running an ambitious campaign to help small businesses acrossEuropeas the backbone and job creators of our economy. I will do my best to help and roll out this campaign in Yorkshire and theHumberand am looking forward to visiting many local businesses and listening to people here to learn how we can best support our local economy.”