European Parliamentary Labour Party
In the Politics of the European Union the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) is the parliamentary party of the UK Labour Party in the European Parliament. The EPLP is an integral part of the Socialist and Democrats (S&D) Group in the European Parliament and of the Labour Party.
Labour has 20 Members of the European Parliament. The EPLP sits as part of the pan-European Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) in the European Parliament, along with MEPs from its sister parties such as the French Parti Socialiste, the German SPD, the Swedish Socialdemocrats, the Dutch Labour Party and so on. Like other national delegations, it has its own leadership and spokespeople representing Labour in Brussels and Strasbourg.
European Parliamentary Labour Party officers
- Leader: Richard Corbett MEP
- Deputy Leader: Seb Dance MEP
- Chair: Theresa Griffin MEP
- Whip: Lucy Anderson (politician) MEP
The leader of the EPLP has a seat on the Labour Party National Executive Committee and attends shadow cabinet meetings.
Previous EPLP leaders
Sir Michael Stewart (1975-76) John Prescott (1976-79) Barbara Castle (1979-85) Alf Lomas (1985-87) David Martin (1987-88) Barry Seal (1988-89) Glyn Ford (1989-93) Pauline Green (1993-94) Wayne David (1994-98) Alan Donnelly (1998-99) Simon Murphy (1999-2002) Gary Titley (2002-2009) Glenis Willmott(2009-17) Richard Corbett (2017- )
S&D Group in the European Parliament
British Labour MEPs hold key positions in the Socialist and Democrats Group in the European Parliament, a pan national group of which the Labour Party is a member. Committee co-ordinators operate as spokespeople for the S&D Group in the European Parliament in their respective committee; they co-ordinate decisions on policy with each of the different national groups that make up the S&D Group in the European Parliament.
Two Labour Party MEPs are Committee co-ordinators:
International Trade Committee: David Martin MEP
Committee of Inquiry into Emission Measurements in the Automotive Sector: Seb Dance MEP
Labour Chairs of Parliamentary Committees
Civil Liberties, Justice: Claude Moraes MEP
Overseas Development: Linda McAvan MEP