Stephen Hughes (politician)

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Stephen Hughes
Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
In office
10 June 1999 – 2 July 2014
Preceded byConstituency Created
Succeeded byJudith Kirton-Darling
Member of the European Parliament
for Durham
In office
14 June 1984 – 10 June 1999
Preceded byRoland Boyes
Succeeded byConstituency Dissolved
Personal details
Born (1952-08-19) 19 August 1952 (age 67)
Sunderland, County Durham
Political partyLabour

Stephen Skipsey Hughes (born 19 August 1952, Sunderland, County Durham) is a British Labour Party politician who served in the European Parliament.

Hughes attended St Bede's School in Lanchester, County Durham, and then Newcastle Polytechnic. He became a local government officer.[1] Representing the Durham constituency between 1984 and 1999, Hughes was elected to its successor constituency, North East England in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He stood down at the 2014 election. In 1994 he appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest majority in an English election.

Hughes was deputy leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party from 1989 until 1991, and was also the Social Group spokesperson on health and safety and on the working environment.[1]

In 2009 he took 25% of the vote, the highest of the three elected MEPs in the region, and the highest share of the vote for Labour in the UK.[2]

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of five children.[3] He plays saxophone in a blues band called the Vast Majorities.


  1. ^ a b BBC-Vacher's Biographical Guide 1996. London: BBC Political Research Unit and Vacher's Publications. 1996. p. 6-17. ISBN 0951520857.
  2. ^ "European Election 2009: North East". BBC News. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  3. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2009.

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