Our MEP candidates for the North East
Our MEP candidates for the North East

Labour announces European Candidates for the North East

Labour has selected Jude Kirton-Darling, Paul Brannen and Clare Penny-Evans as candidates in the European elections to be held on the 23rd of May 2019.

Jude Kirton-Darling grew up in Middlesbrough, and is passionate about the North East, its social and industrial heritage and future. She led Europe’s steelworkers unions in negotiations with employers and the European institutions, taking up the job at the European Metalworkers’ Federation in 2008 just months before Lehmann Brothers crashed.

With nearly 15 years of experience working within the Labour and trade union movement, Jude was elected Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Congress in 2011. She is able to draw on wide-ranging experience and knowledge, having represented workers in the service and communications sectors, manufacturing and basic industries. She has been Labour’s spokesperson on international trade and has led Labour work in the Petitions Committee during the last five years.

Paul Brannen grew up on Tyneside and studied at Leeds University where he was an active member of the Anti-Apartheid Society, the Labour Club and the Amnesty Group.  He was well known for picketing Barclays Bank in opposition to its support for apartheid. Paul then worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement in London where highlights included disrupting the press conference on the eve of the Mike Gatting rebel tour to South Africa and meeting Nelson Mandela shortly after his release from jail.

Following the successful completion of an MBA at Durham University, Paul worked for Christian Aid as Head of Advocacy and was responsible for major campaigns on climate change and tax justice. As an MEP he has been Labour’s spokesperson in the European Parliament on agriculture, forestry and rural development, and has helped draft EU legislation aimed at tackling climate change, including promoting the use of engineered timber in the construction industry.

Clare Penny-Evans was brought up in Brandon in County Durham and moved to Newcastle following university. She has worked across the North East from Middlesbrough to Northumberland in the voluntary sector for the over 20 years. She started as a volunteer with her local Citizens Advice bureau which led to a career in the sector.  Clare has worked to support young and homeless persons in Durham and has extensive frontline experience of working with people to resolve problems.

She works part time for Skills for People, a charity supporting people with learning disabilities and their families. She is currently a hard working local Councillor and enjoys representing local people.

Jude Kirton-Darling said, “It is great to have been re-selected to stand in the European Elections this year and I am keen to continue being part of the excellent Labour team in the European Parliament. My most important task as an MEP has been to clearly and effectively voice the concerns of my constituents around fair trade and tackling rising precariousness at work in the North East that are reflected at EU level. I am proud of being at the forefront of the European Parliament’s efforts to deliver fair trade and tackle the rise in zero-hours contracts and would be keen to continue fighting for better working conditions for North East workers.”

Paul Brannen said, “I am pleased to be re-selected as a Labour candidate for the fast approaching European Parliament elections.  If we can elect a large contingent of Labour MEPs from across the UK this will help us push a strong socialist agenda across Europe. I am keen to continue my work in the Parliament on tackling climate change. As an MEP, I am proud to have contributed to new EU legislation that will help us deliver on our Paris climate agreement targets. In the next parliament I would continue this work primarily to help create the thousands of green jobs tackling climate change demands”.

Clare Penny-Evans said, “I’m thrilled and excited to be selected as one of the Labour MEP candidates in the upcoming European Elections. I love the North East – it’s an amazing place to live and work, so the opportunity to seek election to represent the people of this area is a real privilege. It’s important that we have Labour values in the European Parliament to fight for workers’ rights and to work together to take on tax avoidance by big multinational firms. I look forward to campaigning for a Labour victory.”

Jude, Paul and Clare at Penshaw Monument
Jude, Paul and Clare at Penshaw Monument

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