Stephen Hughes MEP voted new Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament

Stephen Hughes MEP - photoStephen Hughes MEP voted new Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament

 

Today an overwhelming majority, 96%, of Socialist MEPs voted for Labour's North East MEP Stephen Hughes as new Vice President of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament.

 

Glenis Willmott MEP, Labour's Leader in Europe, said:

"Stephen Hughes is a hard working MEP and highly regarded in the Socialist Group and the European Parliament. The respect of his colleges was reflected in this outstanding result. Having served as an MEP since 1984, Stephen has held a number of key positions in the Parliament and has a great record of achievement. As Vice-President of our newly formed Group, Stephen will be a great asset to us all, promoting action in support of a Social Europe."

Stephen Hughes MEP, newly elected Deputy Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, commented:

"It is a tremendous honour to become Vice President of the Group and on behalf of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP). I am looking forward to dealing with a challenging portfolio, which includes economic and social policy, the internal market, equality and culture. This portfolio presents major challenges, and with the help of my dedicated team I will turn these challenges into opportunities." 

Stephen Hughes was first elected as MEP for Durham & Blaydon in 1984 and was re-elected as MEP for North East England in the European Elections held on June 4.

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