Regional and Trade Union Visit to EP


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.


VoxBox recording with NW CWU Regional Secretary, Carl Webb, Cllr Matt Strong from Withington, NW Chair, Sue Pugh and Cllr Basil Curley.

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
June Hitchen Councillor MCC
David Rochester Engineer Unite the Union
Angela Teeling Telephone Engineer/ CWU Branch Sec CWU
Jane Logan Activist and Former Local Organiser NW Labour Party
David Baines Councillor St.Helens Council
Tony Short Activist/Volunteer NW Labour Party
Paul Braithwaite Postal Worker Royal Mail
Matthew Strong Councillor MCC
Brian Kenny Union Officer CWU
Basil Curley Councillor MCC
Derek Maylor Safety Coordinator CWU
Lauren Cassidy Councillor Halton Council
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