Derek Vaughan

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Derek Vaughan
Derek Vaughan 2012.jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for Wales
Assumed office
8 June 2009
Preceded by Glenys Kinnock
Personal details
Born 2 May 1961 (1961-05-02) (age 56)
Neath, United Kingdom
Political party Labour Party (PES)

Derek Vaughan (* 2 May 1961 in Neath) was elected as Labour Party Member of the European Parliament for Wales in the 2009 European Parliament election.


Vaughan was born in Aberfan and studied politics and history at Swansea University. He has served as a full-time trades union official, and is a member of the TGWU section of Unite. He was also leader of the Welsh Local Government Association from 2005 to 2008 and deputy leader from 2008 to 2009.

He was elected to Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council in 1995. He became leader of the Labour group, and leader of the council, in 2004.