11th March 2014: Yesterday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Andrew Brons made the following contribution, under the Catch the Eye procedure, to a debate on equality between men and women in 2012.
"The Explanatory Memorandum, from Mrs Zuber, starts by referring to the effects of the austerity measures in Greece, Ireland and Portugal. There is evidence that women are suffering disproportionately from the austerity measures. However, all workers - including men - are suffering from these measures.
"The urgent need is to end the austerity programmes and membership of the Eurozone that they sustain.
"When those countries benefit from an export-led expansion, following exit from the Eurozone, there will be prosperity to be divided fairly between men and women, which must happen. To seek to divide austerity fairly, is to exonerate the architects of austerity measures from their responsibility and distract attention from the cause of people's suffering."