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 by Constituency Created
Succeeded by Judith Kirton-Darling
Member of the European Parliament
for Durham
In office
14 June 1984 – 10 June 1999
Preceded by Roland Boyes
Succeeded by Constituency Dissolved
Personal details
Born (1952-08-19) 19 August 1952 (age 66)
Sunderland, County Durham
Nationality British
Political party Labour

Stephen Skipsey Hughes (born 19 August 1952, Sunderland, County Durham) is a British Labour Party politician who was the Member of the European Parliament for the Durham constituency and then the North East England constituency. Representing the Durham constituency between 1984 and 1999, Hughes was elected to its successor constituency in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He stood down at the 2014 election. In 1994 he appeared in the Guinness World Book of Records for the biggest majority in an English Election.

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.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He is the father of five children.[2] He plays saxophone in a blues band called the Vast Majorities.


  1. ^ "European Election 2009: North East". BBC News. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Biography". Archived from the original on 1 April 2010. Retrieved 10 June 2009.

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