Labour Members of the European Parliament

The Labour North region is covered by two European Parliamentary Constituencies, the North East and North West.

The North East

Jude Kirton-Darling MEP

jude_kd_2.jpegJude Kirton-Darling is Labour MEP for the North East of England. 

Jude grew up in Middlesbrough, and is passionate about the local region, its social and industrial heritage and future. Her ancestors include rail engineers in Stephenson's works to mining engineers in Durham. This tradition of involvement in local industry continues today, as her father and brother work in energy sector design, and engineering on Tyneside.

Judith lead Europe’s steelworkers unions in negotiations with employers and the European institutions, taking up the job at the European Metalworkers’ Federation in 2008. She also provided support to One North East to help ensure a future for steelworkers in Teesside at a time when unions were campaigning hard to Save Our Steel. This showed Judith's dedication to preserving a key part of the North East's industrial future.

With nearly 15 years of experience working within the Labour and trade union movement, she was elected Confederal Secretary at the European TUC (trade Union Congress) in 2011, one of seven elected positions, to which she was nominated by the TUC. She is able to draw on wide-ranging experience and knowledge, having represented workers in the service and communications sectors (notably fighting for rights for call centre workers and agency workers), manufacturing and basic industries.

Get in touch by emailing or by calling 0191 620 0105. Website: 




Paul Brannen MEP 

Paul_Brannen_Bio.jpgPaul Brannen is Labour MEP for the North East. 

Paul Brannen grew up in North Shields, the eldest child of two teachers, who raised him with strong moral values and a great respect for the North East. His father is an active campaigner for social justice, and inspired him from a young age to take an interest in politics and the wider world. This led him to enter his first public debate when a student at Walbottle High School, winning the Northumbria Police Debating Competition.

Paul studied theology and religious studies at Leeds University and it was here that he found his political feet. He became secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Society which sparked his active engagement in the Anti-Apartheid Movement , the Labour Club and the Amnesty Group. He then became President of the Students’ Union. He was well known for standing up for progressive causes, including picketing Barclays Bank in opposition to its support for apartheid.

He spent six years working as Head of Advocacy for Christian Aid in London, and until recently covered the whole of the North of England for the charity, campaigning on tax justice and climate change and fundraising in the battle against global poverty.

Get in touch by emailing or by calling 0191 620 0105.


The North West


Theresa Griffin MEP

Theresa Griffin has worked to bring jobs and investment from Europe to the North West especially to the region's most deprived communities since the mid 1990s. Working closely with the European Parliamentary Labour Party, she has also sought to promote the excellence of the North West throughout Europe and internationally. 


Office of Theresa Griffin MEP, Unit 303, Vanilla Factory, 39 Fleet Street, Liverpool, L1 4AR, UK

0151 709 9987 | +32 228 45 271


Twitter: @TheresaMEP








 Afzal Khan MEP 

Afzal Khan was an executive Councillor and former Lord Mayor of Manchester. He has campaigning experience across the region and a track record of taking on the far right, and helping to grow our economy. Afzal was awarded the CBE for services tocommunity and interfaith relations and local government.


0161 226 5546







Julie Ward MEP

Julie Ward is the co-founder of a workers’ collective that has been providing creative services to the education, health and social care sectors for nearly three decades. She worked in Manchester and Lancashire before becoming director of a disability organisation, serving Cumbria and North East England. She is a member of the Platform for Intercultural Europe and campaigns on issues such as One Billion Rising.


The Office of Julie Ward MEP, Workington Town Hall, Oxford Street, Workington, CA14 2RS

01900 702994

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