Today Labour unveils its candidates to fight the 2014 European Elections in Yorkshire and the Humber.
Labour’s Candidates for the Yorkshire and Humber are:
1. MCAVAN, Linda
2. CORBETT, Richard
3. TUNNICLIFFE , Eleanor
4. KHAN, Asghar
5. MIRFIN-BOUKOURIS, Helen
6. HUGHES , Darren
Linda McAvan, Labour’s sitting Yorkshire & Humber MEP who tops the list having been reselected, said:
“I am delighted with the strong list of Labour candidates. They are a diverse group from all walks of life across Yorkshire and the Humber, and will be an asset in next year's campaign to ensure everyone can make an informed decision about who really represents their best interests in Europe.
“Only Labour is standing up for people in this region and fighting the damage being done by this Tory-led Government, and only Labour will give the real prospect of getting the best deal for Britain in Europe.”
Richard Corbett, who topped the poll of Yorkshire & Humber Party members to determine the order of the other candidates, said:
"I'm delighted to have received such overwhelming support from Labour Party members in Yorkshire and the Humber, and I relish the coming campaign to gain the right to once again represent our region in Europe.
“I stand for constructively fighting our corner in the EU, membership of which is a vital interest for Britain. We must use the EU for finding solutions to those problems that we and our neighbouring countries, because of our inter-dependence, have to face together."
Harriet Harman MP, Labour’s deputy leader, said:
“I am proud that such strong, committed and inspiring people have been picked by ordinary Labour Party members to be their MEP candidates in Yorkshire and the Humber.
“Like the people they seek to represent, they come from all walks of life and from all the different communities across the region.
“Unlike David Cameron, whose first priority on Europe is appeasing the ever more extreme demands of Tory backbenchers, Labour MEPs will be a powerful One Nation voice who stand up for ordinary hardworking families.
“Their top priority is to be a strong voice in the European Parliament to make sure they get the best deal and bring jobs and growth here in Yorkshire and the Humber.”
Information on Yorkshire and the Humber’s candidates:
Linda has been a member of the European Parliament since 1998. She is the spokesperson for the European Socialist and Democrat Group on the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She has a special interest in climate change and leads for her group on issues relating to the European Emissions Trading System. Linda also works on EU laws on pharmaceuticals and was Parliament’s rapporteur on pharmcovigilance (drug safety) in 2010. Linda is co-chair of the MEP Heart Group and is very active on issues relating to neurological disorders.
Richard Corbett was previously MEP for Yorkshire (1999-2009) and is well known across the region. He was Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs and worked on reform of the EU. He has continued to work and write on European affairs, appearing frequently on television and radio to explain current developments.
Eleanor is a solicitor living and working in Leeds. Her family have taught, farmed, policed and nursed in Yorkshire for generations. Eleanor is heavily involved in the life of her local community as a residents' association member and school governor.
Asghar is proud to be a postman. As a Councillor he represents an inner-city area, Burmantofts and Richmond Hill in Leeds. He says he’ll fight for a Europe that works for ordinary working people, not just bankers, bureaucrats and big business.
Helen lives in Sheffield, and is married with two sons. She’s a Sheffield City councillor who has a BA (Hons) in Politics and a Master’s degree in Business from The University of Sheffield. She has held several positions of responsibility in Business, Planning, Environment, Culture, Sport, Leisure and Education and has considerable experience in both the private and the public sector.
Darren has run his own business in Sheffield for the last 12 years. He is a former Councillor and has lived in Rotherham with his partner for the last 14 years. Darren is Chairman of two Yorkshire charities, one dealing with HIV and the other with homeless 16 – 24 year olds.