About

The Labour Movement for Europe is the pro-European “Socialist Society” affiliated to the Labour Party. Our aim is to deepen the understanding of the European Union and its potential throughout the wider Labour movement and the people of the United Kingdom. It is the home of the pro-Europeans in the Labour and trade union movement.

The LME recognises our membership of the European Union has been an engine of progress and social justice. It is also a bulwark against regressive and repressive governments, and over-mighty corporations. We recognise that reform is always necessary but that the best way to do this is from within.

LME campaigns with other organisations in the Labour movement for the UK to choose to remain a full member of the EU, exercising influence in accordance with our Labour values. 

HONORARY PRESIDENT - Neil Kinnock

Neil Kinnock was born to a working class family in South Wales in 1942. After graduating in History and Industrial Relations from Cardiff University he worked as a tutor/organiser for the Workers’ Education Association in South Wales. He became Labour MP for Bedwellty (later Islwyn) in 1970, was appointed as the Party’s Chief Education Spokesman in 1979, and was elected Leader of the Party in 1983. In 1978 he was elected to the National Executive Committee of the Labour Party which he chaired in 1991/2. He resigned the Leadership in 1992, following  defeat in the General Election. In 1995 he was appointed as one of the UK’s members of the European Commission and took the Transport portfolio. Promoted to be Vice President of the Commission in 1999, he was given responsibility for Reform of the Institution and for the newly established Linguistics, Internal Audit, and Logistics Directorates General. He was President (Chancellor) of Cardiff University 1998-2009. Upon his retirement  from the Commission in 2004, he became a member of the House of Lords and, until 2009, Chairman of the British Council. He campaigns for Labour causes and has been President of the Labour Movement for Europe since 2004. He has been married to Glenys Kinnock, former teacher, MEP and Foreign Office Minister since 1967.

Honorary Vice-President - Jan Royall

Jan grew up in the Forest of Dean, before gaining a BA in Spanish and French from Westfield College, University of London. She then went on to be special adviser to the then leader of the Labour Party, Neil Kinnock, before becoming Head of the European Commission office in Wales in 2003. On 25 June 2004, she was inducted into the House of Lords as Baroness Royall of Blaisdon, where she became the government spokesperson for Health, International Development and Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs. After having been appointed as a government chief whip, Jan was appointed to the Privy Council, and then promoted to Gordon Brown's cabinet in the same year, as Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. Jan was recently selected to the the principal of Somerville College, Oxford, in February 2017, and will begin the role at the end of August 2017. Jan is also Vice-President of the Party of European Socialists.Richard CorbettRichard is the Labour Party's Leader in the European Parliament, attends Shadow Cabinet and is a member of the Labour Party NEC. He is an MEP for the Yorkshire and the Humber region.Giampi Alhadeff

Giampi has 24 years experience of campaigning in Britain and in the EU. Before being appointed General Secretary of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, he was the founding General Secretary of Solidar, the European alliance of NGOs linked to socialist parties and the trade unions. There he lead campaigns on social rights, for “decent work’, and for increased openness and transparency by the EU and its institutions.
Before working for Solidar, he was General Secretary of War on Want and part of the rescue team which led the charity out of the crisis it found itself in the 1980s. Since retiring at the end of 2012, he coordinated the London European Elections campaign and continues to be a senior volunteer for the London Region. He is also an advisor on international relations to the Japanese global company Sunstar. Giampi is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian, and still trying to improve his Greek and Japanese, occasionally, to my audience’s great bemusement, confusing one with the other.

NATIONAL CHAIR

Anna Turley

 

OUR TEAM

The national executive is elected by our members and is responsible for the conduct of our activities.

Ivana Bartoletti - Vice Chair

A privacy and information professional with a background in European politics, I would like to continue to contribute my experience and passion to the LME. I chair the Fabian Women’s Network and lead on cutting edge campaigns on women in work, science and technology and international politics. Professionally, I deal with complex issues around privacy, big data, sharing of information and data ethics. For the past twenty years I have worked at European level, including as adviser to the Romano Prodi government in Italy. I stood as an MEP in 2014 and for the London Assembly in 2015, when I reduced the Tory majority in Havering and Redbridge to less than 1%.

I am asking you to vote for me as I can help LME lead from the front in the months to come – now more than ever, we need LME to scrutinise the Brexit negotiations and hold the government to account on their promises; reach out to those who voted to leave, but not to be worse off; campaign for Britain to uphold the values of openness, progress and respect; and advocate for both parliament and the country to be involved in shaping the future of Britain.


Glyn Ford

Glyn is a former MEP with 25 years experience, having served as Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament. Boris Johnson’s ‘hard/ no deal' BREXIT poses a threat to us all and proof - if anyone needs it - of the fact that some ideas are so stupid only politicians believe them.

The LME’s demand must be ‘Our Europe, Not Theirs’ where we want to strengthen the social dimension rather than undermine it, fight racism and xenophobia rather than pander to it. ‘Another Europe is Possible’. LME wants Britain to remain in the Union, but to get there we must go through the process of negotiating the best BREXIT deal for the ordinary people of Britain and then offer this to a vote where the choice is Labour’s deal or remaining and fully endorsing the EU’s continued integration with the UK at its heart.

Kevin Peel

I am seeking your support for re-election to the LME national executive.

I think the role of LME is more important now than ever before. We must articulate a clear, progressive Labour alternative to the ‘hard Brexit’ being pushed by the Leavers, one which respects our values and our proud internationalism. LME recently agreed a series of red lines and I believe it is imperative that we do all we can to ensure that these are reflected in Labour policy.

I have served on the executive for several years now. I have spoken at dozens of constituencies across the North West and beyond. I have organised LME campaign days for national and European elections. I have hosted a series of rallies and panel debates with senior Labour figures on European issues. In the run up to the referendum I toured the country on behalf of LME, travelling from Newcastle to Southampton to deliver training to hundreds of Labour activists on how to talk about Europe on the doorstep.

We need an LME prepared to continue the fight and executive members with the experience and the commitment to strengthen our role in the party. I hope you’ll give me your support.


David Poyser

The LME was able to fight the referendum with instant access to large funds as we replaced cheque books (requiring counter-signatories of long-lost members!) with on-line banking and a credit card in Dave's two years as LME Treasurer.

Dave is currently a Labour Councillor in Islington (North). Before returning home to London, he was active in Brussels Labour while he was part of the award-winning Communications Team of the Socialist Group of MEPs for three years, and he was later asked to serve various stints as the full-time communications officer of the Labour MEPs (the EPLP). He has been active in ten constituencies, including Leeds NE and NW, Edgbaston and Bristol W.


Derek Smyth

I am a longstanding member of the Labour Movement for Europe.   I have spoken on its behalf on many occasions to outside audiences and have been a member of the National Executive in the past.    In the latter part of my business career in the brewing industry, I was an adviser on European affairs.    I have promoted the European cause whenever opportunities presented themselves and, no more so than currently, as a member of the Kent County Council where UKIP holds some 20% of the seats.

We must not lose our passion for the European Ideal.     The Brexit media and politicians have brainwashed too many people into seeing Europe as the source of all woes, economic and social.   Freed from its shackles they envisage Britain as a great global power, something akin to the days of Empire.   Europe is the scapegoat.     

Our role, in these post –truth days, is surely to use all our influence to fight such emotional responses with facts and to seek a further referendum once the Brexit terms are known    Our place is in Europe, anything else is to deny our heritage and our hope for a safer and better world.

Andrew Mitchell - Organiser

I currently work in Westminster for two Labour MPs, whilst serving as Deputy Director for the Labour Campaign for Mental Health, whilst helping organise the Labour Campaign for the Single Market. I grew up on Merseyside, before moving down to London to undertake a French degree. It was through the ERASMUS+ program that I became involved in European politics, organising the remain campaign in Runnymede and Weybridge whilst serving as Vice Chair Campaigns of the CLP, before joining up with the Labour Movement for Europe. Since joining, I have organised conferences, fringes and university events across the country, as well as organising LME Campaign days in 20 different seats in the 2017 election.

 

Julie Lawrence - Membership Services

Since 2018, I have worked for a small consultancy company. Prior to that, I worked for the Labour Party at head office for 20 years, my last role being Director of the General Secretary's Office. My career began as a civil servant in the International Aviation Unit at the Department of Transport, where I saw how vital international and European cooperation was for an industry to thrive. Now that Brexit is inevitable, it is important that the Labour Party and LME continue to speak out about the importance of maintaining a close relationship with our European friends and allies.

 

Martin Phillips - Membership Secretary and Returning Officer

Martin is a member of New Forest West CLP. He’s been involved with LME in various roles for 15 years, and is a former secretary and treasurer, and now handles membership and organises the internal LME elections. He was a 10-year member of the party’s National Policy Forum, and is a current member of the party’s SE Regional Executive.

Martin has always been pro-European, and over the past 20 years he has run a marketing agency with clients working in the Eurozone, and so understands the risks of Brexit for business first-hand.

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