Judith Kirton-Darling


Jude Kirton-Darling is a Labour Member of the European Parliament for the North East of England and is a member of the EU trade committee.

Judith grew up in Middlesbrough, and is passionate about the North East, its social and industrial heritage and future. Her ancestors include rail engineers in Stephenson's works to mining engineers in Durham. This tradition of involvement in local industry continues today, as her father and brother work in energy sector design, and engineering in the region.

Jude led Europe’s steelworkers unions in negotiations with employers and the European institutions, taking up the job at the European Metalworkers’ Federation in 2008 just months before Lehmann Brothers crashed. She provided support to One North East to help ensure a future for steelworkers in Teesside at a time when unions were campaigning hard to Save Our Steel. This showed Judith's dedication to preserving a key part of the North East's industrial future.

With nearly 15 years of experience working within the Labour and trade union movement, she was elected Confederal Secretary at the European Trade Union Congress in 2011. She is able to draw on wide-ranging experience and knowledge, having represented workers in the service and communications sectors (notably fighting for rights for call centre workers and agency workers), manufacturing and basic industries.

She previously directed European trade union work in the areas of energy, industrial policy, environment and health and safety, all key areas for the European Union and the North-East in the years ahead. 

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commented 2014-11-29 16:52:49 +0000
Please stop underestimating Cameron and co. They are not puppets, puppets have no input in their actions Cameron and co are active participants and so far the entire opposition has let them get away with it. They govern for their own self interested and ruthlessly greedy friends and are allowed to blame the resulting problems on everyone else or have we all forgotten the "banking " crisis.
commented 2014-11-29 10:10:33 +0000
cameron and co are puppets for greedy companys they know exactly what they are doing jus t look at eastcoast rail line
commented 2014-11-28 20:40:09 +0000
I am contacting you since I have had no response from either my MP or MEP, I live in North West Wales, and saw your comments on Huffington Post. My question is can we please ensure that laws passed by national governments cannot be called into question because they affect corporate profits ie the tobacco industry and health legislation and no compensation can be claimed for the effect of such laws. Cameron shouts about sovereignty but seems to ignore it when it comes to corporate greed (is he working for them or the British people). Please help noone else seems to worry about this.
commented 2014-10-01 11:18:45 +0100
Hi Julie
You can find out more about Miguel Canete here http://www.labour4ne.org.uk/jude_and_paul_question_commissioners
commented 2014-10-01 06:41:31 +0100
Please do all you can to reject the appointment of Miguel Arias Cañete as the next Energy and Climate Change Commissioner. His deep ties to the oil industry and his appalling record as Spain’s environment minister make him unsuitable for the job, while creating a huge conflict of interest. We need an Energy and Climate Change Commissioner who will act in the interests of the planet rather than his own pocket!
commented 2014-07-04 12:28:47 +0100
What can you do/are you doing to stop the TTIP by which we in Europew will have to accept US standards of e.g. food production? The EU exists to protect its citizens from harmful practices and we must keep it that way – I have supported the EU for 55 years and feel very strongly that to agree to the TTIP with the US would bring poverty and gross environmental damage plus health risks to every one of us. Agribusinesses will benefit by cutting corners and harming both livestock and humans. We do not need any of this and we can’t risk having our governments sued by big business thereby depriving their peoples of social investment. I run a farmers’ market in Greenhead (a long way from Middlesborough, but very firmly placed in Europe from where we get development funding! ) and belong to the Northumberland Uplands LEADER Local Action Group. Wendy Bond
commented 2014-07-02 14:38:59 +0100
hi judith my name is colin i would like toask you a question reguarding bringing goods back from abroad from eu some of my friends have had goods taken from them by british customs telling them they are over the limit on items like wine sprits tobbaco ect what is the condions for bring ing back goods

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