Today Labour unveils its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in the North East region.
Labour Party members have selected Judith Kirton-Darling, Paul Brannen and Jayne Shotton.
Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader said:
“I am proud that such strong, committed and inspiring people have been picked by ordinary Labour Party members to be their MEP candidates in the North East
“Like the people they seek to represent, they come from all walks of life and from all the different communities who live here in the North East.
“Unlike David Cameron whose first priority on Europe is appeasing the ever more extreme demands of Tory backbenchers, Labour MEPs will be a powerful One Nation voice who stand up for ordinary hardworking families.
“Their top priority is to be a strong voice in the European Parliament to make sure they get the best deal and bring jobs and growth here in the North East.”
Judith Kirton-Darling said:
"I'm really delighted to be part of Labour's team in the North-East for the Euro elections in 2014. These elections are going to be a key opportunity to make the case that North-Easterners are better off inside the European Union steering developments, rather than on the side-lines. Over 140,000 North-East jobs are dependent on EU trade. We have safer workplaces, equal pay and 4 weeks paid holidays, as a result of being in the EU. Today, we see these basic employment rights under sustained attack from the Tories and UKIP.
“Therefore, I would be proud and honoured to represent my home region in the European Parliament, ensuring that the voice of North-Easterners continues to be heard in the European institutions and that our concerns are addressed effectively."
Paul Brannen said:
"I am pleased to have been chosen by Labour Party members in the North East to be one of their team of three European Election candidates.
"As candidates we will now be out and about making the case as to why, on balance, membership of the European Union is good for the North East especially for jobs and investment.
"We also intend to show how UKIP policies, such as their opposition to the removal of asbestos from public buildings, are not in the public interest."
Jayne Shotton said:
“It is a huge privilege to have been chosen to stand as a Labour Party candidate in the European elections. Legislation from Europe benefits the lives of us in the North East on a daily basis from having safer cleaner beaches for our children to play on, cheaper mobile phone charges when working or visiting abroad, free medical care anywhere in Europe to having safer fairer more equal workplaces. It is important that we do no lose these benefits.
“Recent events in the European Parliament have shown that only Labour MEP's are prepared to fight for European wide banking reforms and action against tax dodgers. So I am confident that over the next few months voters in the North East will recognise that only Labour MEP's will work on their behalf in Europe.”
Stephen Hughes MEP, Labour's long serving North East MEP, who will retire after 30 years in the European Parliament at the 2014 Euro elections
"Labour party members across the North East region have chosen three talented, knowledgeable and committed people to fight and win the next European elections.
"I have focused much of my energy over the past 30 years as MEP on improving workers’ rights, protecting the environment and promoting social justice and peace.
"Because European legislation impacts on an incredibly big part of the life of our region and country, we need the right people in Brussels to represent us. I know that Judith, Paul and Jayne, if given the opportunity, will serve the people of our region well."
1. The election to the European Parliament is a list system. The Labour Party ran a one member one vote ballot of its members to determine the order of candidates on the list.
Labour’s Candidates for the North
1. KIRTON-DARLING, Judith
2. BRANNEN, Paul
3. SHOTTON, Jayne
2. Labour party applies a "zipping procedure" to ensure a balance of male and female candidates.
3. Nearly 4,000 Labour members who took part in North East region. Nationally nearly 70,000 members took part in the process.
4. Jude Kirton-Darling has extensive experience of fighting for working people in Europe. She is currently a Confederal Secretary of the European TUC. Brought up in Middlesbrough, Jude currently lives in Hexham.
Paul Brannen – A senior manager with a national charity, Paul currently lives with his family in Newcastle upon Tyne. Paul has experience of leading successful campaigns; starting with the anti-apartheid movement in the UK during the 80s and latterly organising Christian Aid’s Tax Justice Bus tour across the UK and Ireland.
Jayne Shotton lives in North Tyneside. A former Councillor, Jayne currently works as an officer for USDAW – the shop-workers union. A strong campaigner for workers in the region, Jayne helped lead a campaign against Twinings Tea’s decision to out-source jobs from the North East to abroad.