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An MEP asks why her job has become so unfashionable

By Neena Gill   February 2000

This should be the hour of the European parliament. Last year it booted out the European commission and increased its power of scrutiny over European legislation. Yet suddenly nobody wants to be an MEP. Alan Donnelly, leader of the Labour group in Brussels, has just resigned. And when Pauline Green resigned as a London MEP, the next two down on Labour’s London list turned down the chance to replace her.

I was elected an MEP in June and I know already that it is not a glamorous calling. Donnelly gave as his reason for resigning the impossible amount of travel.…

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