MAIREAD MCGUINNESS ELECTED FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

20 January 2017 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Mairead McGuinness MEP has been elected First Vice-President of the European Parliament after topping the poll with a massive 466 votes in the first count, well ahead of the absolute majority of 310 votes required and some 88 votes ahead of the next elected Vice President. The vote took place yesterday, Wednesday morning in Strasbourg.

“I am honoured to have been re-elected as Vice-President of Parliament and as First Vice-President in particular with such strong support from across the House, reflecting my work as a fair and firm Vice-President,” the MEP stated.

“I am delighted with the result. 466 votes is impressive – representing 75 percent of the valid poll of MEPs.

“I will continue to be a strong voice for European citizens, for Ireland and my constituency of Midlands-North-West.”

As First Vice-President, Ms McGuinness will now replace the President of the European Parliament in first instance should he be absent or unable to discharge his duties, including chairing plenary sittings or representing Parliament at specific ceremonies.

Ms McGuinness will also hold several high-level responsibilities as a member of the ….
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