Jude Kirton Darling MEP
Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England
Jude 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.