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Diana Wallis

A European from Yorkshire interested in people, politics, democracy, history and cultivating my garden!
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Election Leaflet Haltemprice & Howden 2017

Please click here to access copy of my free post leaflet to electors in Haltemprice & Howden for the 2017 General Election YP-E-C-14-Diana-Wallis-2017-General-Election-Flyer copy

Speaking Up For Yorkshire!

I was not sure whether to applaud graciously or to choke on my metaphorical cornflakes Saturday morning as I read Brexit Minister David Davis’ piece in the Yorkshire Post. He wrote how he was now a great Yorkshire champion and was going to make Brexit work for Yorkshire.   What of Yorkshire and Brexit? Davis’ … Continue reading

Legislative Overload

There is an undercurrent in some discussions about Brexit that part of the problem is that we Brits are fed-up with and inclined not to care about rules and law.   Certainly I always found it a constant topic raised by constituents when I was an MEP to complain about EU rules and regulations. However, … Continue reading

Brexit and Alice

  “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat. “I don’t much care where–” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat. “–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added … Continue reading

European Parliament President Election; Deal or No Deal & Maybe a Dash of Democracy?

In a few days members of the European Parliament will vote to elect a new President of their institution who will take them through to the end of this parliamentary term in June 2019. This follows an unusual double term of five years of one president, Martin Schultz, the German socialist, who by all accounts … Continue reading

A Plea for Mediation & Brexit

Thoughts after Attending CIArb Mediation Symposium; Mediation and Politics With thanks to Paul Randolph and Bill Marsh Flight or fight? I have to confess on many occasions since that desperate morning of 24th June, I have frequently considered flight. As a life long European with a French grandmother, maybe just maybe, there is someway I … Continue reading

Under Italian Skies…

Ferrara last week; both city and university law faculty were host to the Annual Meeting of the European Law Institute over which I have the honor to preside. Over three hundred and fifty lawyers from most of Europe’s jurisdictions and beyond gathered to meet and debate projects and proposals aimed at concretely improving European law; … Continue reading

It’s Not Over Yet &What’s In It For Yorkshire?

  We need to begin to pick ourselves up and think what next in a fast developing and rather chaotic post referendum situation. Referendums are an important way of involving people in decision making, giving an indication of public thinking at a particular moment on a specific issue. They maybe regarded either as an alternative … Continue reading

Balancing Act: delivering a Just Commission (A Justly Balanced Commission? )

So what will the European Parliament do with the proposed Juncker Commission? There are two subjects that continue to occupy me politically: women and justice. It is through this lens that I have viewed the nomination and initial portfolio distribution of the new European Commission. All the individual Commissioners now face hearings in the Parliament. … Continue reading

Time for Yorkshire to shape its future

Copy of an article I did for the Yorkshire Post and originally published on 19th August 2014:   Time for Yorkshire to shape its future WE are now one month away from the vote on Scottish independence. The polls may well indicate a ‘no’ vote, but whatever the outcome it seems that all the main … Continue reading