Theresa Griffin

Theresa Griffin
Member of the European Parliament
for North West
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Arlene McCarthy
Personal details
Born (1962-12-11) 11 December 1962
Coventry, England, UK
Political party Labour
Other political
Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats

Theresa Griffin (born 11 December 1962) is a British Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region for the Labour Party since her election in 2014. In the European Parliament, Griffin is aligned with the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D).[1]

Early life

Theresa Griffin was born in Coventry, West Midlands, the fourth child of Irish immigrant parents[2] where her father was a machinist in the British Leyland car factory and her mother was a teaching assistant.[3] Griffin attended Bishop Ullathorne Comprehensive school and achieved a first class B.A. and an M.A. from Lancaster University.[4]

Political career

Theresa Griffin has been a member of the Labour Party member since 1988. She was a member of Unite’s North West Political Committee and represented North West CLPs on the National Policy Forum. Griffin has also been a Regional Organiser for the public services union, UNISON and, spanning from an early career in community theatre, she was Director of Communications and Research at North West Arts.[5] She was a local government councillor for the City Council in Liverpool in the 1990s.[2][3] As a Liverpool City Councillor, she was the lead member for Economic Development and Europe and was instrumental in bringing Objective One status and billions of pounds of investment to the Liverpool City Region.[5]

European Parliament

Griffin speaking at a 2016 Labour Party Conference fringe meeting

Theresa Griffin previously stood in the 1999 European Parliament election, 2004 European Parliament election and 2009 European Parliament election as a Labour candidate for the North West England region. In 2009 she lost out to the British National Party's Nick Griffin (no relation).[6]

She stood in 2014 European Parliament election, again as a Labour Party candidate for the North West England region, and was elected as the first candidate on the winning Labour Party list.[6]

Griffin is a full member and Labour Party Spokesperson for the Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee and a substitute member on the Transport and Tourism (TRAN) Committee and has been assigned to the Delegation to the EU-Russia Parliamentary Cooperation Committee and the Delegation for Relations with the People’s Republic of China. In October 2014, she was appointed the S&D Shadow Rapporteur for an Opinion on the ITRE Committee about greenhouse gas emission trading.[7]

Griffin is also a member of several Intergroups - similar to the ‘All Party Parliamentary Groups’ in Westminster. Griffin follows the Disability Rights, the Digital Agenda for Europe, Children's Rights and Well-being, LGBTI, SMEs, Tourism, Trade Union and Urban Intergroups.[5]

Work in the European Parliament

Issues Across the North West

Issues Across Europe


Griffin is an active campaigner on issues relating to employment rights, women's rights, children's rights, disabled persons' rights, LGBTI rights, xenophobia and health.[22]

Griffin has a particular interest in campaigning for more EU funding in global health research to aid the eradication of tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria.[23][24]

Membership of Committees, Delegations and Intergroups


  1. "European Parliament MEPs:Theresa GRIFFIN". Retrieved 6 August 2014.
  2. 1 2 Wynne-Jones, Ros (21 May 2014). "The Griffin who is determined to kick out her racist BNP leader namesake in the European elections". The Daily Mirror. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. 1 2 "About Theresa". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. "North West Euro Candidates 2014". UK Polling Report. 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. 1 2 3 "About Theresa". Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  6. 1 2 "BNP leader Nick Griffin loses North West Euro seat". BBC News. 26 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  7. "GMB working together with Labour MEPs - North West Region". GMB. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  8. "Steve Rotheram calls for debate on tyres after Bestival crash". Liverpool Echo. 5 March 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  9. "European Parliament to demand apology for former shipyard workers". ITV News. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  10. "Former Cammell Laird shipyard worker wins European Parliament backing in 30 year battle for justice". Liverpool Echo. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 1 December 2014.
  11. "North West MEP shows support for Fair Pay Fortnight". TUC. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  12. "Government must "act fast" over EU funding for North West". Bolton News. 15 December 2014. Retrieved 15 December 2014.
  14. "Theresa Griffin wants CCS technology strategy". Agence Europe. 11 November 2014.
  15. "EU industry panel support grows for 2017 CO2 market reserve start". Platts Commodity News. 4 December 2014.
  16. "Labour MEP secures historic rejection of opposition opinion on carbon trading scheme". Euro Labour. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  17. "S&Ds stop right-wing attempt to weaken the Emissions Trading System (ETS)". S&D Press. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  18. "EU carbon plummets as panel rejects market fix recommendation". Bloomberg. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  19. "EU carbon market price expected to rise before 2020 following MEPs' vote". The Guardian. 22 January 2015. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  20. "Improving coordination of national energy policies and speaking with one voice in external energy policy". The European Files No34. December 2014.
  21. "'Fuelling the debate: Committee successes and future challenges" (PDF). Energy and Climate Change Committee. 12 March 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  22. "Campaigns Around the European Parliament, January – March 2015". Personal Site. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  23. "World TB Day at the European Parliament - Celebrate with DSW & the "Let's Save Lives" Campaign". DSW. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
  24. "Europe can lead in eliminating TB by 2035". New Europe. 21 March 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.
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