The Labour Movement for Europe is a Socialist Society affiliated to the Labour Party whose aim is to improve and broaden the understanding of the European Union and its potential throughout the wider Labour movement and the United Kingdom. It is the home of the pro-Europeans in the Labour and trade union movement.
The LME campaigns with other organisations in the Labour movement for the UK to remain at the heart of the EU, exercising influence in accordance with our progressive values.
Neil KinnockNeil 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.
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.
I am first and foremost a community activist, networker and campaigner with 24 years experience of campaigning in Britain and in the EU. Before being appointed General Secretary of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, I was the founding General Secretary of Solidar, the European alliance of NGOs linked to socialist parties and the trade unions. There I lead campaigns on social rights, for “decent work’, and for increased openness and transparency by the EU and its institutions.
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.
Rob Newbery - Secretary
My name is Robert Newbery and I am running for the national executive of the LME. I have been a member and active with the Labour Movement for Europe for some time now and am the current chair of the youth wing. I am a very proud pro-European; now post referendum I want to make sure that we as a party have a coherent voice that both keeps our identity as Europeans but also that we listen to the many people who voted leave. As I said I have been involved with LME but other European originations such as the cross party Young European Movement as a former Vice President and its parent origination the European Movement.
In this uncertain and worrying time, it is vital that the Labour movement is active and our voice is heard in the debate over the future of our country. We cannot allow the voices of Leave campaigners alone to dominate our public discourse. Furthermore, Europe is far more than an economic institution and our linked culture, history and values must be respected as we develop our new relationship with our European neighbours. The Labour movement has a significant role to play in this and we must now work harder than ever to engage our members, strengthen our ties with our friends across Europe and to oppose a misguided and dangerous Brexit.
I have worked in Parliament for over five years for a number of Labour MPs. I have been Political Advisor to Seema Malhotra, MP for Feltham and Heston, while she was Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and currently as a member of the Select Committee for Exiting the European Union. I have also worked for Jim Cunningham, MP for Coventry South and Chair of the West Midlands Parliamentary Labour Party Group. I would be honoured to be a member of the LME Executive at this momentous time.
I would like to offer myself for re-election to the LME Executive. As a former MEP with 25 years experience a former Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament I am all too well aware of the threat to the future of Britain that BREXIT poses, especially in May’s ‘hard’ format.
The LME must continue to make the socialist case for Europe. Our demand was ‘Our Europe, Not Theirs’ where we wanted 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 recognises the Party must argue at this stage for the best BREXIT deal for the ordinary people of Britain. Before being finalised this deal must receive the endorsement of Britain’s voters or their representatives. Only then can be make the irrevocable step of leaving the European Union.
Member of UNITE. Elected Representative of the Constituencies on the National Policy Forum and a Member of the Party’s International Committee.
I joined the Labour Party just before the 2010 General Election and have worked with the Labour Party as a local organiser from 2011 - 2015, later working in an MPs office and now I am working as the CEO of European Movement UK.
My experience at a local and national level means that I fully understand the importance of the coming year. We will see the Government invoking Article 50 with many of our own MPs support. Now is the time our party needs to be playing a vital role in opposing the government and too many MPs from all factions are playing politics with the most important issue at hand.
All too often our activists shy away from making a positive case for Europe on the doorstep and we need to change this. We need to be making a positive progressive case for the EU at a local level while implementing a national strategy to ensure that the public gets a vote on the final deal. It’s crucial the public is able to reject the deal and choose to remain in the EU. There is nothing more democratic than asking the public what they think about the Government’s deal.
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.
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.
Megan Corton Scott
I’m Megan Corton Scott, currently the Event Manager at Demos, a cross party think tank. Prior to this, I was Events Officer at Progress, Labour’s progressives. Event management appeals to me because I thoroughly enjoy designing debates and discussion around big ideas, engaging audiences with the nuances of a topic and challenging preconceptions and prejudices. Much of this plays into why I would like to stand for the LME national executive. The campaign to leave the EU was fraught with lies and prejudice, and the Remain campaign ultimately failed to make a passionate argument for a progressive Europe. Holding a referendum on such a thorny issue of national sovereignty, international diplomacy, solidarity, cooperation, immigration etc. was one of the most ill thought out ideas enacted in British government. I believe we must now take the mantle of dissecting and discussing these topics and how we move forward in Brexit Britain. We must continue to challenge misconception and prejudice whilst also challenging our own ideas. We must ensure Labour does not abandon the European project. I believe LME’s role in the party and wider civil society is more important than ever, and I would be honoured to play a part.
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.