After a gruelling general election campaign, I felt it was important to recognise and thank our campaign organisers and trade union activists who worked so hard throughout the last two years.
As such, I was honoured to host a 30 strong group of campaign co-ordinators and trade union representatives from across the North West for a two day trip to European Parliament.
We had a rich and diverse group from different areas traversing Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Merseyside, Cheshire and Cumbria.
We also had trade union leaders and activists from Unison, Usdaw, CWU and Unite. A full list of those who attended is below.
As we toured the Parliamentary chambers and were told about how the EU works, there was much discussion around the EU referendum as well as the importance of Britain’s continued membership. There were also questions on safeguarding workers’ rights across Europe and naturally on TTIP too.
I and my colleagues Theresa Griffin and Julie Ward assured the group that Labour MEPs are doing their bit to push for an EU that works for the UK and that a fair position is taken on key issues of concern such as workers’ rights and TTIP. (Please see my blogpost on TTIP here).
The trip was a fantastic platform to strengthen the ties between North West Labour activists and their European counterparts. It also helped to bring different groups within the party itself together to bond and enjoy two good days together.
List of Attendees:
|First Name||Surname||Job Title||Company|
|Carl||Webb||NW Regional Secretary||CWU|
|Liam||O’Rourke||General Election Mobilisation Assistant||NW Labour Party|
|James||Leigh||Activist||NW Labour Party|
|Sue||Pugh||Chair Labour North West Regional Board||NW Labour Party|
|Peter||Wheeler||Organiser||Oldham Labour Party|
|Sean||Serridge||Parliamentary Assistant||Liz McInnes MP|
|David||Rochester||Engineer||Unite the Union|
|Angela||Teeling||Telephone Engineer/ CWU Branch Sec||CWU|
|Jane||Logan||Activist and Former Local Organiser||NW Labour Party|
|Tony||Short||Activist/Volunteer||NW Labour Party|
|Paul||Braithwaite||Postal Worker||Royal Mail|
|Andy||Smith||Regional Organiser||NW Labour Party|
|Patrick||Marriott||Councillor||Rossendale Borough Council|
|Katy||Dillon||Regional Communications Officer||NW Labour Party|
|Terry||Adair||NW Regional Organiser||USDAW|
|Chris||Webb||Organiser||NW Labour Party|
|Ian||Moran||Council Leader||West Lancs Borough Council|
|Jonathan||Allan||Trade Union Officer||UNISON|
|Daniel Joseph||Meredith||Councillor||Rochdale MBC|
|Kevin||Dolan||Process Operator||United Biscuits|
|Jennifer||Holliday||Support Team Assistant||Cheshire & Wirral NHS Foundation Trust|
|John||Oakley||Activist||NW Labour Party|
|Suniel||Mistry||Business Analyst||VIP Computer Centre Limited|