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GMB National & Regional Political Officers

GMB National Political Team

Cath Speight  is the GMB National Political Officer, she has been a Labour and Trade Union activist for over 35 year's. Cath sits on the Labour Party NEC along with GMB National President Mary Turner and chaired the Labour Party in 2008. Cath is working along with all the GMB political team to implement and deliver on the Congress 2012 Political strategy.

Gary Doolan is GMB Regional Political Officer for London, Gary is based in the National team because of his responsibility for GMB Councillors.  Gary has a background in Local Government and has represented GMB in many contracted areas and was a Branch Secretary for GMB for 18 years. Gary is currently a local Labour Councillor for the London Borough of Islington and is working with John Callow in developing our GMBs Political education.

Heidi Benzing Heidi supports GMB Officers in working with politicians to raise issues that affect GMB members. Heidi also monitors and actions the motions that have been passed at GMB Congress.

Lisa Johnson : Lisa has been a trade union and Labour Party activist for over a decade and works across GMB on political engagement and campaigns, working class representation and elections. 

Marian Healy Marian has worked with the Political Team since February 2011, and has over 18 years experience working in various departments within GMB National Office and GMB London Region. Providing administrative, policy and research support to the Political Team, and is also responsible for updating the Councillors Network, the Councillors Twitter Feed and the political pages on the GMB website.

John Callow John is responsible for GMBs political education with Gary Doolan and is working on archiving GMB history. He is the author of a number of books on GMB history and of the Labour movement and Labour Party history.

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GMB Regional Political Officers

In each of the 9 GMB Regions there are Regional Political Officers. The RPO's provide the first point of contact for any members with political questions or queries.

The RPO's provide a vital role; in liaising with Regional Labour Parties, running local political campaigns and liaising with MPs and Councillors. Giving advice on selections and forthcoming elections.

GMB Regions


GMB Scotland - Richard Leonard Tel. 0141 332 8641

GMB Northern Region - Chris Jukes Tel. 0191 233 3930

GMB Yorkshire & North Derbyshire Region - Steve Jennings Tel. 01924 882 255

GMB Midland & East coast Region - Richard Oliver Tel. 0115 960 7171

GMB North West & Irish Region - Neil Smith Tel. 0151 727 0077

GMB Wales & South West Region - Mike Payne Tel. 01792 467803

Birmingham & West Midlands Region - Stephanie Peacock Tel. 0121 550 4888

London Region - Gary Doolan Tel. 020 7391 6748

Southern Region - Michelle Gordon Tel. 020 8397 8881


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