Rory Palmer

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Rory Palmer
Rory Palmer MEP (cropped).jpg
Member of the European Parliament
for the East Midlands
In office
3 October 2017 – 31 January 2020
Preceded byGlenis Willmott
Succeeded byconstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1981-11-19) 19 November 1981 (age 41)
Worksop, Nottinghamshire, England
Political partyLabour
EducationUniversity of York

Rory Palmer (born 19 November 1981)[1] is a former British Labour Party politician, who currently works for the charity Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Early life[edit]

He attended Hartland School (merged with Portland School in 2004) in Worksop in north Nottinghamshire.

He studied Social Policy at the University of York between 2000 and 2003,[2]


Palmer briefly worked for the Institute for Public Policy Research as a research assistant, before working for nearly five years as a parliamentary assistant to the Labour MPs John Mann and Peter Soulsby.[3] Having first been elected for the Labour Party as a councillor for the Eyres Monsell ward of Leicester City Council in May 2007, he became one of the council's deputy mayors in May 2011.[4]

Political career[edit]

In the 2010 general election, he unsuccessfully stood as the Labour Party candidate in the Bosworth constituency in Leicestershire.[5] In the 2014 European Parliament election, he was second on the Labour party list in the East Midlands constituency[6] but was not elected. After the Labour MEP Glenis Willmott announced in July 2017 that she would stand down in October of that year Palmer succeeded her and became an MEP.[7] He remained in this role until the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the EU on 31 January 2020.[8]


  1. ^ Companies House
  2. ^ "Rory Palmer". Linkedin. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  3. ^ "Former MEP takes charity role". PR Week. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  4. ^ "Councillor Rory Palmer". Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Election Data 2010". Electoral Calculus. Archived from the original on 26 July 2013. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ Cook, David (24 April 2014). "Statement of Persons Nominated". Kettering Borough Council. Retrieved 3 May 2014.
  7. ^ Fagan, Ciaran (5 July 2017). "Leicester Deputy Mayor Rory Palmer to become an MEP". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  8. ^ "Rory Palmer". European Parliament. Retrieved 7 October 2017.