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GMB MEPs

GMB was delighted to see an increase in the number of Labour MEPs (a good number of whom are GMB members), but the bad news is that UKIP is now the largest UK party in the European Parliament. This party is no friend to trade unions. If you don't know what their policies are on public services, employment rights, equal opportunities and trade union freedoms, you might want to take a look

To find out more about your local Labour MEPs and how to get them involved in the work of your local branch and workplace, click on your region on the map below…

 

As your GMB MEPs we remain committed to fighting for the rights of workers across the UK.

Unemployment remains too high throughout Europe and even those in employment face uncertainty and poor working conditions.

You can't trust the Tories or UKIP with employment rights in the UK. Indeed, both parties voted AGAINST the inclusion of a social dimension in the European Commission's Work Programme. As usual, the Tories fail to understand the devastating effects of the economic crises on working people.

As your Labour representatives we will continue to push for European legislation that protects workers. Many people don't realise how many of their rights at work come from EU legislation, such as four weeks paid holidays, rights to maternity and paternity leave and equal treatment for agency and part time workers. The Tories want to negotiate these rights away by taking us out of the EU. It is more important than ever that we protect these rights and push for further legislation to improve working conditions.

Your Labour MEPs have called on the Commission to commit to tackling the issue of zero hour contracts, which have had an incredibly negative impact on the lives of thousands of people in the UK. We have also demanded a full revision of the posted workers directive to stop wages from being undercut.

The Tories would see the UK workforce take part in a race to the bottom in a rule-free market. British workers deserve better and we will continue to stand up for the rights and conditions of employees in the UK and across Europe.

 

A good number of Labour MEPs are GMB members:

Glenis Willmott – Labour Leader in Europe (East Midlands)

Judith Kirton-Darling (North East)

Paul Brannen (North East)

Richard Corbett (Yorkshire and Humber)

David Martin (Scotland)

Lucy Anderson (London)

Seb Dance (London)

Afzal Khan (North West)

Clare Moody (South West)

Watch our GMB MEPs' video greeting for GMB Congress 2015 here.

The European Parliamentary Labour Party brings together Labour MEPs as Labour's voice in Europe. Their website address is: http://www.eurolabour.org.uk/

Some other useful websites:

Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament: http://www.socialistsanddemocrats.eu/

Party of European Socialists (PES): http://www.pes.org/

Trade Union and Labour Party Liaison Organisation (TULO): http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/

Notes

  • The London region comprises the 74 Westminster parliamentary constituencies in the Greater London area, stretching out as far as Harrow, Kingston upon Thames, Sutton and Cheam, Croydon, Bromley, Hornchurch and Enfield.
  • Residents of Gibraltar vote in the South West region (since June 2004).

You can also read all GMB European News Bulletins here

 

GMB MPs

There are over 80 MP's who are members of GMB. We have an active GMB Parliamentary Group who help to make sure issues that matter to GMB members are raised in the House of Commons. Sitting on our executive are:

Jo Stevens MP (Chair)
Richard Burgon MP (Secretary)
Dawn Butler MP (Vice-Chair)
Harry Harpham MP (Deputy Secretary)
Emma Lewell-Buck MP (Lead for Public Service)
Ruth Smeeth MP (Lead for Manufacturing and Commercial Services)
 
We also have a GMB Group in the House of Lords - more info on that coming soon.
 
Through our Parliamentary group we lobby Government and MP's over policies and issues that affect GMB members. If you have any concerns you would like to raise please contact your Regional Political officer or MP direct. When writing to your MP it is always worth copying in your regional Political Officer as they may be able to help if no response is forthcoming, their contact details are listed under the National & Regional Officers page.

GMB MP's have helped raise a wide variety of issues from; Sunday Trading to Asbestosis. They have assisted in such campaigns as ASDA and Remploy.

GMB MSPs

The GMB Group of Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) is made up of all Labour MSPs who are members of GMB. If you would like to contact a member click on their name in the list below.

Patricia Ferguson - Glasgow Maryhill & Springburn

Hanzala Malik - Glasgow

Jenny Marra - North East Scotland

Michael McMahon - Uddington and Bellshill

Siobhan McMahon - Central Sctoland

Duncan McNeil - Greenock and Inverclyde

Drew Smith - Glasgow

GMB Welsh Assembly Members

The GMB Group of Welsh Assembly Members (AM's) are detailed below. If you would like to contact a  member, click on their name in the list below.

Vaughan Gething — Cardiff South & Penarth

Mick Antoniw — Pontypridd

Mike Hedges — Swansea East

 

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Additional Resources

Short Introduction to MEP's

download pdf0Kb (pdf) - 16 October 2015

A brief Introduction to your GMB MEP's