Phil Bennion has been the MEP for the West Midlands since March 2012. He was born in Tamworth, attended school in the area and went on to study at Aberdeen, Birmingham and Newcastle universities.
Before becoming an MEP, Phil was an arable farmer and chairman of the National Farmers' Union in Staffordshire. In his spare time he continues to run his family farm in Haunton.
Phil decided to join the Liberal Democrats after being inspired by Jo Grimond's ideas for liberal and inclusive economics.
Phil Bennion has been a very active constituency MEP responding to and resolving correspondence from constituents and championing the region in Europe.
- He has worked hard to safeguard investment in education and training for young people through the EU Youth Guarantee, supporting apprenticeship schemes at an environmental charity in Tipton and rural apprenticeships at a historic working farm in Shropshire.
- He secured EU anti-dumping tariffs on imports of Chinese tableware being sold at artificially low prices which threatened to devastate ceramics manufacturing in the Midlands, particularly in the Potteries, and across the EU.
- Having helped a number of constituents resolve issues concerning their property in Europe, Phil secured a pledge from the European Commission to help British property owners in Spain regarding serious legal problems.
- Phil Bennion has worked with rural communities in the region to improve broadband speeds by attending public meetings, calling on BT to publish comprehensive county maps on how they will roll-out superfast broadband, and ensuring that EU funding is being used effectively.
- Phil voted for sound rules on vehicle emissions and specifications as well as measures on electromagnetic fields that will protect workers on the production line. These are crucial for many companies in the Midlands including huge employers like Jaguar Land Rover.
- He has proved an effective representative for the Kashmiri and Bangladeshi communities, in particular taking up their concerns over human rights.
After entering the European Parliament, Phil became both the Liberal Democrat Employment and Transport spokesperson.
- Phil authored a Report on financial participation of employees in companies' proceeds, which was overwhelmingly backed by a majority of MEPs.
- In the Transport Committee he successfully led the call to stop a plan to extend MoT style tests to farm tractors and trailers preventing burdensome extra costs.
- As member of the South Asia delegation Phil has helped to improve relations with the EU by working with the Bangladesh government to tackle the serious issue of health and safety conditions for workers in garment factories.
- Phil proposed a Written Declaration on the protection of people with autism from bullying and tabled amendments on air passenger rights legislation allowing carers, where required to travel with passengers with a disability, to be exempt from paying tax on a ticket.
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