Press Release: Office of Jean Lambert MEP

15th May 2006


Green MEP Welcomes President Of Venezuela To London

Euro MP Jean Lambert welcomed the President Of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, to London yesterday when hundreds of people crammed into the Camden Centre to be part of an official gathering.

London's Green MEP, Jean Lambert shared the platform with Hugo Chavez and a mixture of leading figures from the left. Whilst the President continues his visit today with appointments in City Hall, Jean reflected on yesterday's event and said; "President Chavez deserves recognition for the changes and achievements he has made in Venezuela over the last few years. The country is now benefiting from real improvements in public services and the opportunities that we take for granted here in the UK.

"The fact that people in Venezuela are now gaining access to a fully functioning health service and the opportunity of an education proves that Chavez is bringing about reform and closing the gap between rich and poor.

"Yesterday's meeting demonstrated that the President has an enormous amount of support in his challenge to develop a fair trade system that aims to counter poverty rather than the free trade system being pushed by the WTO. I applaud his moves to an equitable society and hope in time society will be less divided."

Jean was joined on the platform by, amongst others, Tariq Ali, Colin Burgess MP and Paul Mackney.


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Notes to editors:
Jean Lambert: In October 2005 Jean was named MEP 2005 for Justice and Human Rights. Jean was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. She is one of nine MEPs representing London and one of two UK Green representatives in the European Parliament.