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

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.

Common system of a digital services tax on revenues resulting from the provision of certain digital services (A8-0428/2018 - Paul Tang)  
 

. – In Britain, our high streets are under pressure. Shops are closing and at least 35 000 retail jobs have been lost or put at risk of redundancy this year. One challenge for these ‘bricks and mortar shops’ is competition from online retailers who are paying far less tax than their high street counterparts. That’s why I am pleased to support increasing the tax rate on digital services provided by tech giants like Amazon. It is only fair that they pay their fair share. This digital tax will raise additional resources for our public services and help protect jobs on our high streets.

Common rules for the operation of air services (A8-0150/2018 - Claudia Țapardel)  
 

. ‒ Today we discussed common rules for air services. Common rules are of course rather vital when you fly across borders. The growth of Luton Airport in my constituency, and the prosperity this has brought, has been enabled by the agreements that we have with other nations through the EU. So what does the post-Brexit future hold?
Well on aviation, like the rest of Theresa May’s woolly political declaration, there is much aspiration for cooperation but little set in stone. Meaning more turbulence lies ahead for British airlines and airports. It now looks unlikely Britain will be an EASA member. And on valuable transatlantic routes, the current Open Skies deal is only for airlines with a majority shareholding in the EU – a threshold several British airlines will not meet.
Indeed, if there are difficulties reaching a bilateral agreement between the US and the UK, we would have to revert to the archaic Bermuda II agreement. Which is quite apt really, given that the Bermuda triangle is where most of Vote Leave’s promises are now found.

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