Paul Brannen

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Paul Brannen
MEP
Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Fiona Hall
Personal details
Born 13 September 1962 (1962-09-13) (age 56)
Peterborough, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater University of Leeds

Paul Brannen (born 13 September 1962) is a British Member of the European Parliament for the North East England region for the Labour Party. He was elected in 2014.

Early life[edit]

Brannen was brought up in Tyneside, North East England.[1] He attended the University of Leeds, where he studied theology and religious studies. Being involved in student politics, he became President of the Leeds University Union.[2]

Political career and activism[edit]

After university, Brannen worked for the Anti-Apartheid Movement, leading the campaign against executions by the apartheid government in South Africa. He famously interrupted a press conference being held by Mike Gatting to announce his plans to lead a rebel cricket tour to South Africa in breach of the international sporting boycott. He later moved to Christian Aid, where he led campaigns on poverty and, more recently, climate change. Brannen served five years as a Councillor on Newcastle City Council. He has twice stood for election as a Member of Parliament; for Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1997, and for Hexham in 2001.[2] He was unsuccessful at both elections having come second.[2][3]

European Parliament[edit]

Brannen stood in the 2014 European Parliament election as a Labour Party candidate for the North East England region.[4] With Labour having won the most votes in the region, he was elected a Member of the European Parliament.[5] On 1 July 2014, he was elected to the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Paul Brannen - Christian Aid". NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE. Newcastle University. 2013. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "About Paul Brannen". PaulBrannen.co.uk. Archived from the original on 27 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Paul Brannen: Electoral history and profile". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Labour and UKIP claim victory in North East Euro vote". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ "North East". Vote 2014. BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. ^ http://www.europarl.europa.eu/meps/en/124954/Paul%20BRANNEN_home.html

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