Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has called on the UK Government to apply for European funding to help the 400 workers facing redundancy with the closure of the Murco refinery in Milford Haven. Production there is expected to end after a sale to a Swiss company fell through.
Jill Evans wants Welsh Secretary Stephen Crabb, who's also the local MP, to get the UK Government to apply for funding from the European Union's Globalisation Adjustment Fund. It supports workers who lose their jobs and small businesses which close down as a result of changes in world trade and the global economic crisis.
Any payment from the fund would reduce the size of Britain's EU rebate.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans was one of very few MEPs from the UK to vote for Jean-Claude Juncker as European Commission President -and almost certainly the only one from Wales. Mr Juncker, whose nomination was bitterly opposed by the Prime Minister, secured the votes of 422 MEPs in a secret ballot.
He needed at least 376 votes to secure his new job in today's election in Strasbourg. Welsh Conservative Kay Swinburne and UKIP's Nathan Gill both belong to political groups in the European Parliament that told their MEPs to vote against. Labour defied the Socialist group's support for Mr Juncker.
That left Welsh Labour's Derek Vaughan under orders from his party to oppose the nomination. The Greens were also against but their allies in the European Free Alliance, including Jill Evans, were impressed by Mr Juncker, who's sympathetic to allowing an independent Scotland to stay in the EU.
Plaid Cymru has launched its European election manifesto, claiming that it is the only party that can be relied on to look after the interests of Wales and its people. Their lead candidate, Jill Evans said 150,000 Welsh jobs depend on EU trade but that Wales could benefit further.
The party's been trailing in the polls behind Labour, UKIP and the Conservatives, leaving Jill Evans in danger of losing her seat in the election on May 22. Plaid Cymru's leader Leanne Wood stressed what she said was Plaid's difference from other parties.
The Welsh Conservatives are also launching their manifesto this morning, with Labour, UKIP and the Liberal Democrats all due to formally kick off their campaigns later in the week.
In her speech to Plaid Cymru's conference, the party's MEP is expected to say the European Union needs a shake-up to make it 'more relevant' and 'more democratic.' JIll Evans says she wants to return to Brussels to complete 'unfinished business.'
She's the longest-serving of Wales' current group of four MEPs, having first been elected in 1999. But she faces an uphill struggle for re-election in May with support growing for UKIP.
She's expected to tell delegates,
Plaid Cymru say the Conservatives' proposals for attracting and retaining more foreign investment in Wales ignore the biggest threat to inward investment. The party says the Euroscepticism of many Tories is a grave danger to jobs at factories owned overseas.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has said that the latest opinion poll showing a narrow majority of Welsh voters wanting Britain to leave the European Union has to be take seriously.
The poll also found that she could find herself in a close fight with UKIP and Labour to hold her seat in next years European elections. The pictures are from the European Parliament.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans calls for people living in communities which will benefit from European aid to be given more say in how it's spent. Her call follows a vote by MEPs backing EU budget plans which will see more than €2bn of aid granted to Wales between 2014 and 2020.
Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans has kept her place at the top of her party's list for next year's European elections. First elected to the European Parliament in 1999, she will stand again after winning a ballot of Plaid members. The party will field a full list of candidates for Wales' four seats.
- Jill Evans
- Marc Jones
- Steven Cornelius
- Ioan Bellin
Marc Jones is a Wrexham councillor; Steven Cornelius works for the European Free Alliance, the group in the European Parliament that includes Plaid Cymru; Ioan Bellin is a former Westminster and Assembly candidate in Pontypridd.
European elections are increasingly close fights. In 1999, when Wales had five seats Plaid Cymru and Labour each had two MEPs and the Conservatives one. At the last election, in 2009, the Conservatives topped the poll, taking one seat, as did Labour, Plaid Cymru and UKIP.
Following the announcement of the amount of European aid Wales will get, Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans says,