Anneliese appeared on BBC Radio Oxford’s Hotseat – an hour long interview, interspersed with questions from the public, about her first year as an MEP.
Anneliese spoke about her life as an MEP, and how she divides her time between the two seats of the European Parliament in Brussels and Strasbourg and her constituency in the South East. The South East has the largest population of any European constituency, and Anneliese discussed the challenges of representing an area with the population the size of Austria. Anneliese emphasised the importance of transparency and accountability for MEPs – unlike UKIP MEPs, Anneliese, like all Labour MEPs, has her accounts independently audited every year and publishes her audit certificate on her website.
Anneliese also argued the case for Britain’s case in Europe, and how the EU provides a huge number of jobs, along with growth and funding, which benefits the South East –including funding for renewable energy projects in Oxford. She raised concerns about the impact of an impending referendum on Britain’s continuing membership of the EU, as companies and businesses both in the UK and across the EU, may hesitate before investing in the UK as they know there is a possibility that the UK may vote to leave the EU.