Wednesday, 29 October 2008

Welsh Labour in Europe

Welsh Labour has recently confirmed that Derek Vaughan, the Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council will head the Labour list in Wales for the European Parliamentary Elections in June 2009.

Derek, who was previously Labour’s second placed candidate on the list, replaces Eluned Morgan MEP - who announced yesterday (Tuesday 14 October) that she would not seek re-election to the European Parliament, after serving fifteen years as an MEP.

The full list of Welsh Labour’s candidates for the European election is as follows:

1. Derek Vaughan
2. Lisa Stevens
3. Rachel Maycock
4. Leighton Veale

Confirming the list of candidates, the Chair of Welsh Labour’s Executive Committee, PAT BRUNKER said: “We’re delighted to be able to present to the people of Wales a strong, talented and determined team of Labour candidates for next years elections to the European Parliament.

“Derek Vaughan brings with him a wealth of experience in local government both as Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council – regarded as one of the best local authorities in Wales - and as a leading figure in the Welsh Local Government Association. He will be a real asset for Labour in Wales and for Wales in Europe.

“We’re also pleased that in Lisa Stevens, Rachel Maycock and Leighton Veale, we have three young candidates – all in their late twenties or early thirties, who will provide us with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm, and will help enthuse the younger generation of voters in Wales to take part in the political process.

“We’re confident that the team we have in place will work hard in the months ahead to reach out to the people of Wales, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate that only a strong partnership between the Labour-led Assembly Government, a Labour Government in Westminster and a strong Welsh Labour team in Europe will take Wales forward."

Commenting on Eluned Morgan’s decision to stand down from the European Parliament, Pat Brunker added: “Both Eluned Morgan and Glenys Kinnock have served Wales and the Welsh Labour party with distinction over many years. They can both be proud of their records in representing Welsh Labour and serving the people of Wales in Europe. On behalf of Welsh Labour, I wish them both all the very best for the future."

Biographical Details of Candidates

Derek Vaughan

Cllr. Derek Vaughan is currently Labour Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council, and is also the Deputy Leader of the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA). Born in Aberfan, he was educated at Swansea University, where he gained a BScEcon degree in Politics and History, majoring in European politics. He was first elected to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in 1995, and was the Cabinet Member for Economic Development before being elected Leader of the Labour Group and Leader of Neath Port Talbot Council in 2004.

He is a strong advocate of the links between the Labour Party and the Trade Union movement, having previously been a full time Trade Union official. He is currently a member of the TGWU section of Unite.

Lisa Stevens

Lisa Stevens was born in Llantrisant, Rhondda Cynon Taf, in 1980 and educated at Corpus Christi High School and St David's Sixth Form College, both in Cardiff. In 2001 she graduated from the University of Southampton and went on to complete a postgraduate diploma in newspaper journalism at Cardiff Journalism School.

Upon graduating, Lisa worked as a news reporter for a regional daily newspaper before taking up her current position working for Welsh Labour MEPs Glenys Kinnock and Eluned Morgan.

Among her political interests are youth issues, the environment, international development and human rights. Lisa is a member of the GMB, Amnesty International and the Burma Campaign UK.

Rachel Maycock

Rachel Maycock was born in Llanfechain, Montgomeryshire in 1981. She was educated at Ysgol Uwchradd Llanfyllin High School and Warwick University, where she graduated from in 2003 with a degree in Politics.

She worked in the European Parliament for an MEP, and then worked for the European Parliamentary Labour Party. She currently works for the Prime Minister, Gordon Brown on European affairs and links with Members of the European Parliament. She was Welsh Labour’s candidate in the Montgomeryshire constituency in the 2007 elections to the National Assembly for Wales. She is a member of the GMB and Unite.

Leighton Veale

Leighton Veale was born in Swansea in 1976, and educated at Dwr y Felin School, Neath and graduated with a degree in Social policy from Cardiff University.

He was Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Brecon and Radnorshire in the 2005 General Election, Regional List Candidate for South Wales West in the 2007 elections to the Natioanl Assembly for Wales, and has been a Labour councilor in the London Borough of Merton since 2002. He is a member of the TGWU section of Unite, GMB, Co-op, and Amnesty International.

His political interests include economic development and social inclusion. He currently works as Public Affairs Officer for Wales at The Stroke Association.

To be continued...


Anonymous 29 October 2008 at 08:54  

So Derek is off to Brussels!

#2 i/c is one Alun Thomas in NPT; will be interesting to see if he gets the top job or is anyone else favourite for this position?

The choice is somewhat limited: Crowley from Sandfields East or Rogers from Taibach would be the only other possibilities.

Anonymous 29 October 2008 at 09:06  

Going on these biographys not one of them has ever had a "proper" job. It's all very well being memebers of this union and that lobby group but if you've no idea how your actions translate into the real world you may as well not bother.

Tom Mann 29 October 2008 at 09:14  

Nice to see so many former boilermakers standing for the European Parliament. The whole list sums up the divide which exists between ordinary voters and the political eleite in Wales.

Stonemason 29 October 2008 at 19:53  

Well they can all talk then .....

any listeners amongst them ..... ?

Anonymous 29 October 2008 at 19:55  

Anon 09;06

"Going on these biographys not one of them has ever had a "proper" job..."

Having a proper job means getting your hands dirty, and having to face an interview.

These clones will tow the party line through thick and thin, mainly through thick!

Anonymous 31 October 2008 at 13:03  

You say you don't comment on Tory things - i.e david davies racist claims, alun cairn racist remarks - because the blog is to scrutinise the welsh assembly gov. In that regards Labour in Europe has nothing to do with one wales? You can't have it both ways? You shouldn't be ashamed of being a Tory. Glyn Davies blog is an excellent read and he is happy to pin his colours to the mast

June 31 October 2008 at 13:17  

Someone needs to remind Anonymous 13:03 that Wales is in Europe. Our politicians in Europe are our voices in Europe and WAG receives European funding.

What a silly anon you are to say "In that regards Labour in Europe has nothing to do with one wales?"

Anonymous 31 October 2008 at 13:25  

Well this blog rational - as referred to on numerous occassions by its author in response to why it does not comment on Tory scandals - is to analyse the One Wales Agreement/Government. The One Wales agreement makes it clear that it does not go beyond the Assembly. Hence European elections are not covered by it. As is Labour's candidates. In that case it should not be covered here. If it is then it opens up the question why this blog, especially as it is so defensive about being a Tory attack blog, does not comment on Tory issues because they are not part of the One Wales government?

June 31 October 2008 at 13:35  

I've just read this at the top of the page as it suggests in another post

"A political blog of Welsh origin. Analysing - among other things - the 'One Wales Agreement/ Government'"

The "among other things" could be a clue. Only suggesting!

Ever thought of taking Miss Wagstaff to court under trade description? Besides, I don't think the blog has been that defensive. Removing pointless comments is common place among bloggers unless you are grateful for them. You should read the post below for further information. I had wondered about alignment myself.

Anonymous 1 November 2008 at 10:13  

well does "among other things" not cover the Tory party?

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