About

Mission Statement

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.

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. 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 and in 1999 promoted to be Vice President of the Commission. 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-Presidents - Jan Royall and Richard Corbett

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 a 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 is also Vice-President of the Party of European Socialists.

Richard Corbett

Richard was an MEP for 19 years and the Labour Party's Leader in the European Parliament from 2017 until 2020 and therefore a member on Labour's NEC until Brexit happened. He was an advisor to the first full-time and long-term President of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy.

National Chair - Anna Turley

Anna Turley was the Labour MP for Redcar from 2015 - 2019 and previously chairwoman of the Co-operative Party. She was a special adviser in the Department for Work and Pensions during the last Labour government, then became deputy director of the local government research organisation the New Local Government Network and later founded consultancy and online forum Progressive Localism, before becoming a senior research fellow at IPPR North.

Secretary - Giampi Alhadeff

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 led 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 his audience’s great bemusement, confusing one with the other.

Ivana Bartoletti - Vice Chair

Ivana chairs the Fabian Women’s Network and leads on cutting edge campaigns on women in work, science and technology and international politics. Professionally, she deals with complex issues around privacy, big data, sharing of information and data ethics. For the past twenty years she has worked at a European level, including as an adviser to the Romano Prodi government in Italy. She stood as an MEP in 2014 and for the London Assembly in 2015, where she reduced the Tory majority in Havering and Redbridge to less than 1%.

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.

Julie Lawrence - Membership Services

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

David Poyser - 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.

Don Brind - Press Officer

Don Brind is the media officer for the Labour Movement for Europe. He worked for the BBC for 20 years as a producer and political correspondent. After taking early retirement, he joined the Labour Party as a Press Officer in the run up to the 2001 General Election. He now works on speeches and articles for a number of Labour MPs, especially in the area of business and economic policy. 

Andrew Mitchell - Young members representative

Andrew currently works 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. He grew up on Merseyside, before moving down to London to undertake a French degree. It was through the ERASMUS+ program that he 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, he has organised conferences, fringes and university events across the country, as well as organising LME Campaign days in 20 different seats in the 2017 election.

Alex Mayer - Executive member without portfolio

Alex was a Labour MEP for the East of England and in the European Parliament Labour’s spokesperson for the economy. She has worked for four Labour politicians and the British Heart Foundation and SERA.

A member of the Labour Animal Welfare Society, Alex is a long-standing animal welfare campaigner. She took an 8 million signature petition to the United Nations in New York on the topic of animal-free cosmetic testing and was awarded the Cruelty-Free International Parliamentarian Award.

Valerie Bossman-Quarshie - Events Support

By day Valerie is a cover supervisor at a Jewish community secondary school in new Barnet but she is also a trustee of a community service centre and a local secondary school Governor. Politics wise, she is the membership officer and vice-chair of her local Labour branch, as well as the Unison branch equalities officer.

Rohit Dasgupta - Events, Demos, Meetings

Rohit Dasgupta is a senior lecturer in Global Communication and Development at Loughborough University. He has published several books and articles in the area of social activism, queer politics, digital media and social change, sexual health, migration and South Asian media cultures. He is also currently a Labour and Cooperative Party councillor in the London Borough of Newham, with responsibility for social integration and equalities as a Commissioner. He was the Labour Party parliamentary candidate for East Hampshire in 2017 and a Labour Party MEP Candidate for South East England in 2019.

Spencer Livermore - Executive member without portfolio

Spencer is a member of the House of Lords, and a Senior Fellow in Communications at the London School of Economics. He has worked as Director of Strategy at business reputation consultancy Teneo Blue Rubicon, as a Partner at insight and strategy consultancy Britain Thinks, and as Senior Strategist at advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi. Prior to working in business, he served in government for ten years, in the Treasury as Chief Strategy Adviser to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, and then in 10 Downing Street as Director of Strategy to the Prime Minister. He was also a senior adviser on four General Election campaigns.

Glyn Ford - Executive member without portfolio

A member of the European Parliament from 1984-2009, he served during this period as Deputy-Leader of the Socialist Group and on the Labour Party’s NEC. He was for eight years, until 2019, a member of the Party’s National Policy Forum - representing South West England - and on the International Policy Commission, where he co-ordinated the Brexit discussions. Other interests in the EP, since, and outside, include Anti-racism - National Treasurer of the Anti-Nazi League - Trade, and Science and Technology Policy. Writes for ‘Chartist’ and published - with Julian Priestley - ‘Our Europe, Not Theirs’ (2016), and ’Talking to North Korea’ (2018).

Amanda Chetwynd-Cowieson - Executive member without portfolio

Amanda's main work has always revolved around ensuring the voices of younger generations are put to the forefront of decisions that will affect them. In 2018 she co-founded For our Future's Sake (the youth and student wing of the People's Vote campaign) which went on to lead the campaign in changing Labour official policy to be pro People's Vote. Having grown up in a military family moving across the UK and Europe, she firmly believes that European values and Labour values go hand in hand, and is fully committed to ensuring the Labour Party continues to advocate for our collective European future.

 

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