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Claude Ajit Moraes is a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour representing London. He was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and 2009. He is number one on the London list of Labour candidates.



Claude was an Indian immigrant to the United Kingdom at the age of 6. He grew up in Scotland, where he attended comprehensive schools and then studied Scots and English Law, Administrative Law and International Law at the University of Dundee, London University (Birkbeck College) and the London School of Economics.

Previous Work

Prior to holding elected office, he attained a national profile as the director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants - a UK based independent legal NGO specialising in refugee and migration issues and a Commissioner for Racial Equality and became a regular media commentator and campaigner on migration issues and helped organise legal challenges in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and in Europe. He was also House of Commons adviser to John Reid MP and Paul Boateng MP, and was a national officer at the TUC and a representative to the European TUC. He has written widely on migration and human rights issues and is a co-author of the Politics of Migration (Blackwells).

European Parliament

Claude Moraes represents London in the European Parliament and is a member of the Party of European Socialists political group.

He was London's first ethnic minority MEP and one of the first Asian MEPs.

In the European Parliament he is a member of the Justice and Home Affairs Committee and the Employment and Social Affairs Committee.

Claude is President of the Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity, Co-President of the Intergroup on Ageing, and active on the issues of regeneration and social exclusion; older peoples' issues, human rights; employment rights; international development issues; and justice and home affairs issues including migration, people-trafficking, European police cooperation and the Far Right in Europe. An elected member of Labour's National Policy Forum, he is currently on the Health Policy Commission.

Parliamentary questions asked by Claude

One of the tasks of an MEP is to ask question in the European Parliament. The most recent questions asked by Claude were on:

  • Policies for orphaned or vulnerable children
  • Visa rights of dual nationality holders
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Tackling knife and gun culture
  • Kyoto commitments
  • Cancer screening
  • Flood risks
  • Social protection and social welfare support for asylum-seekers and migrants
  • Renewable energy target
  • Hate websites



TV and Radio

  • Monthly segment on the John Gaunt Show, Talk Sport.

Moraes has also appeared on:

  • BBC Newsnight
  • BBC Daily Politics Show
  • BBC World TV
  • BBC News 24
  • BBC London Radio
  • BBC Radio 4 World at One
  • BBC Radio 4 The Today Programme
  • Radio 5 Live
  • LBC Radio
  • CNN Live

Newspaper and Magazine Articles

Publications Moraes has contributed to:

  • The Politics of Migration, 2003
  • Media:European Civic Citizenship and Inclusion Index, 2004
  • Wilton Park Report on Strategies for Sustainable Economic Growth and Social Cohesion, 2005
  • Roma. 15 million European citizens, 2005
  • Briefing on Anti-Discrimination and the EU, 2005
  • Perspectives on Migration, 2005


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