Eryl McNally

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Eryl Margaret McNally
Member of the European Parliament
for East of England
In office
10 June 1999 – 10 June 2004
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Member of the European Parliament
for Bedfordshire & Milton Keynes
In office
9 June 1994 – 10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born 11 April 1942 (age 71)
Bangor, Wales, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Occupation Schoolteacher

Eryl Margaret McNally (born 11 April 1942) is a former Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England constituency.

Personal life[edit]

She was born and brought up in Bangor, Wales[1] but has lived in Abbots Langley, near Watford, Hertfordshire, since the 1960s.

Before being elected as an MEP in 1994, she was a teacher of modern languages and European studies, having spent several years as Head of Modern Foreign Languages at Saint Michael's Catholic High School; County National Curriculum Co-ordinator for Modern Languages for Buckinghamshire Education Advisory Service; and as an OFSTED inspector.[citation needed]


She is married with two grown up children and one grandson.[citation needed]

Political life[edit]

McNally joined the Labour Party at the age of 16 and served as a Parish Councillor, a District Councillor on Three Rivers District Council (from 1970–1976) and County Councillor on Hertfordshire County Council (from 1986 to 1995) before being elected to the European Parliament.[1] She represented the Bedfordshire and Milton Keynes constituency from 1994 to 1999 and the East of England constituency from 1999[2] until she stood down from the Parliament in 2004, saying that the regional constituencies were too large an area to represent and that no-one had "the foggiest idea" who she was.[3] She was an opponent of the Iraq war.[4]

Her political interests in the European Parliament were in renewable energy and environmental issues. She is a former trustee of the National Energy Foundation, a vice-president of the European Forum on Renewable Energy Sources (EUFORES) and was formerly vice-chair of the European Parliament's Energy and Research Committee.[5][6] She served as a substitute member of the Committee on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities and as a member of the delegation for relations with the countries of South America and MERCOSUR.[citation needed]


In 2003, McNally was awarded Chevalier in the Légion d'Honneur in recognition of her efforts to improve understanding between Britain and France[7] and was appointed an honorary Doctor of Science by Cranfield University.


She is or has been a member of the Transport and General Workers Union, the World Development Movement, Action for Southern Africa, the Socialist Education Association, the Labour Animal Welfare Society, Amnesty International, the Co-operative Party and the Fabian Society.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b McNally Eryl Margaret(MEP). (11 April 1942); retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ 'Forgotten' MEP to stand down. BBC News (11 September 2002); retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  4. ^ Iraq: how your MEP voted; retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  5. ^ Board of Trustees. NEF (1 July 2005); retrieved on 26 August 2011.
  6. ^ Board of Presidents. Eufores; retrieved on 26 August 2011.
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