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The Labour Party At local, national and European level At a local level Following the 2004 local elections Labour received only 26% of the vote - 11% less then the Conservatives and 1% less than the Liberal Democrats. Labour lost control of several of its "heartlands" councils in the North - Doncaster, Leeds, Newcastle and St Helens. However, they did take control of Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taff in Wales. The Labour Party had 2250 councillors, a loss of 479, and control of 39 councils, a loss of 8. By the 2006 local elections Labour had only 1439 councillors and control of 30 councils. Labour councillors are required to be members of the Association of Labour Councillors, established to support, represent and promote the Labour Party in local government. Labour councillors pledge to: * adopt the highest standards of probity in public life * be accessible to and actively consult their constituents * work with the Labour group to get best value for the community * be effective representatives for their electorate * campaign and work with others to build healthy local parties In Merseyside there are five local councils: Sefton, Liverpool, Knowsley, Wirral and St Helens. An example of a local council controlled by the Labour Party is Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council. Some of their Labour councillors are: Cllr. E. A. Baker - St. ...read more.


He has been MP for St Helens North since 1997. As Chair of the All-Party Objective One Group, he successfully campaigned for additional government match funding for European structural funds. Maria Eagle MP - Liverpool Garston Maria Eagle has been MP for Liverpool Garston since 1997, and has been the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions since June 2001. She is also a former member of the Public Accounts Select Committee. Before becoming an MP she worked as a solicitor specialising in housing and employment law. Louise Ellman MP - Liverpool Riverside Louise Ellman is married with two children. She has been the MP for Liverpool Riverside since 1997. Before becoming an MP she worked as an Open University Lecturer in Further Education. She is also a member of the Co-operative Party. She was the leader of Lancashire County Council from 1981 to 1997. She has a BA (Hons) and MPhil in Social Administration from the University of York. Stephen Hesford MP - Wirral West Stephen Hesford has been MP for Wirral West since 1997. He worked as a barrister from 1981 until entering Parliament in 1997. He was a member of the Northern Ireland Committee from 1997 to 1999 and a member of the Health Select Committee from 1999 to 2001. He is also a board member of Arch Initiatives, a local drugs rehabilitation charity. ...read more.


He is also a member of the European Parliament's Transport & Tourism Committee and a substitute member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. Before being elected as an MEP he had been Director of the West Midlands Enterprise Board and Chair of the West Midlands Co-op Finance Company and the Black Country Co-op Development Agency. He was also a member of the West Midlands County Council from 1981 to 1986. Labour MEPs receive the same pay as Labour MPs and work from offices in their UK constituencies as well as offices in Brussels and Strasbourg. As Labour MEPs are present on all 20 committees within the European Parliament, a large amount of their time in the European Parliament is spent working on these committees to discuss proposals for new EU laws. These committees are: Agriculture; Budgets; Budgetary Control; Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs; Constitutional Affairs; Culture and Education; Development; Economic and Monetary Affairs; Employment and Social Affairs; Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; Fisheries; Foreign Affairs; Internal Market and Consumer Protection; Industry, Research and Energy; International Trade; Legal Affairs; Petitions; Regional Development; Transport and Tourism; Women's Rights and Gender Equality. Labour MEPs also hold important positions in the Socialist Group of the European Parliament. Linda McAvan MEP currently acts as Treasurer of the Socialist Group, and two Labour MEPs are co-ordinators of Socialist Group in the European Parliament Committees: Richard Corbett MEP is co-ordinator of the Constitutional Affairs Committee and Stephen Hughes MEP is co-ordinator of the Employment & Social Affairs Committee. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 Kathryn Shaw ...read more.

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