Glenis Willmott

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Glenis Willmott
Glenis Willmott.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for East Midlands
Assumed office
1 January 2006
Preceded by Phillip Whitehead
Personal details
Born (1951-03-04) 4 March 1951 (age 63)
Horden, County Durham, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Trent Polytechnic
Profession Politician; medical scientist

Glenis Willmott (born 4 March 1951) is a British politician, currently leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) and Labour member of the European Parliament for East Midlands.

Early life and career[edit]

Willmott was born in the mining village of Horden, County Durham, but moved to Mansfield with her family at the age of 10. She was educated in Mansfield and at Trent Polytechnic where she obtained an HNC in medical science. She worked as a medical scientist for the National Health Service at King's Mill and Mansfield Hospitals from 1969 to 1990.

She was chair of Mansfield Constituency Labour Party and a member of Nottinghamshire County Council from 1989 to 1993, and worked as an assistant to Alan Meale (Member of Parliament for Mansfield) from 1987 to 1990.

In 1990 she became political officer for the GMB trade union Midland and East Coast region. She served as chair of the East Midlands Regional Labour Party and was second on the Labour Party list for the European Parliament in the 2004 elections to the European Parliament in East Midlands.

European Parliament[edit]

On 1 January 2006 she was appointed to replace the late Phillip Whitehead as a member of the European Parliament for East Midlands.

In July 2006 she was elected to the position of Chief Whip of the Labour MEPs in the European Parliament, a position she held until January 2009,[1] when she was elected as the Leader of the Labour MEPs, replacing Gary Titley who had resigned the post.

2014 Elections[edit]

Willmott launched her East Midlands re-election campaign in May 2014 "promising to help people struggling with the cost of living".[2] She said the Conservatives wanted to help energy companies and bankers. Nearly 340,000 East Midland jobs depended on continued membership but the Tories hadn't said what aspects of EU membership they wanted to renegotiate or when they would do it. An EU referendum would just be a distraction when Britain was trying to improve its economy. She also claimed UKIP stated objectives of "cutting red tape" were really about cutting people rights at work".[2]

Membership of Committees and delegations.[edit]

  • Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.[1]
  • Delegation to the EU-Croatia Joint Parliamentary Committee.[1]
  • Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.[1]
  • USDelegation for relations with the United States[1]

She is a Co-Chair of the European Parliamentary Cervical Cancer Interest Group (ECCIG).[3]

Personal life[edit]

She lives in Leicestershire with her husband Edward.


  1. ^ a b c d e "European Parliament MEPs:Glenis WILLMOTT". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Dan Martin (7 May 2014). "Labour launches East Midlands European election campaign in Leicester". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Glenis Willmott:About me". Retrieved 24 January 2013. 

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