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Europe matters

Lib Dems are making an impact beyond Westminster and Whitehall. Elizabeth Gibney meets Fiona Hall, the party’s senior Member of the European Parliament who is on a mission to show the UK how important Europe is.

This year’s Lib Dem conference is buzzing; so much so that when I meet Fiona Hall we’re forced to scrabble to find a table at a heaving café. Time too is short; Hall may not be familiar to many in the research world, but at the party conference in Birmingham she has managed to double or triple book herself across the fringe.

Hall sits on the European Parliament’s Industry Research and Energy Committee (Itre)—which scrutinises the European Commission’s €7 billion a year Framework 7 research funding programme—and she leads MEPs for the UK’s most Europe-friendly party.

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