Net Neutrality – Web Democracy in Action

I am delighted to have received the following letter from our MEP Andrew Duff on Net Neutrality.

Dear Mr. Murray-Rust,

Thank you for your recent letter on the EU telecoms package. I fully share your concerns about preserving a liberal regime for the internet.

I am pleased to report that it was our Liberal ALDE group in the European Parliament which was decisive in achieving a majority of MEPs for the crucial amendment, which stated that “no restriction may be imposed on the fundamental rights and freedoms of end users, without a prior ruling by the judicial authorities … save when public security is threatened”.

The passage of this amendment meant that the telecoms package was not concluded in this Parliament at second reading. Negotiations will continue in conciliation, once the new Parliament assembles.

If re-elected, you can be sure that I will continue to be involved in these developments.

Yours sincerely,


Andrew Duff


Andrew Duff MEP

Leader, UK Liberal Democrat European Parliamentary Party (LDEPP)

Spokesman, Constitutional Affairs for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)

President, Union of European Federalists (UEF)

European Parliament

10 G 346

60, Rue Wiertz

B-1047 Brussels

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2 Responses to Net Neutrality – Web Democracy in Action

  1. Cybernest says:

    Well at least we know where he stands on something!
    But where does Andrew Duff stand on being British… the electorate should know!
    Andrew Duff considers being proud of being British as “tawdry nationalism” (his words not mine).
    He also has a strange view of democracy and brusquely shoves aside the freely and democratically expressed wishes of 30,000 people in Gibraltar… preferring to favour Spain above British interests.
    I was going to vote LibDem on Thursday but having come across this from our LibDem MEP Andrew Duff… I’m not so sure now!
    In a post on my blog (you can view it here: I’ve asked him to clarify where he stands on being British?
    I also want to know, when it comes to supporting Britain in Europe… versus other European countries such as Spain… who can the electorate look forward to Mr Duff supporting… the British interest or Spain’s?
    Mr Duff has resolutely ignored my questions to date!

    • pm286 says:

      @Cybernest thanks. I am not sure whether you wrote to him – you can’t expect him to read your blog unless you write and point him at it. If you did write, and get no reply, then try – it worked for me and I got a reply. (I haven’t got a reply from Howarth yet).
      In general if an MP doesn’t acknowledge my mail I take that into account when I vote.

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