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Glenis Willmott MEP

Assumed office 
1 January 2006
Preceded by Phillip Whitehead

Born 4 March 1951 (1951-03-04) (age 58)
Horden, County Durham, England, UK
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Alma mater Trent Polytechnic
Profession Politician; medical scientist

Glenis Willmott (born 4 March 1951) is a British politician, currently leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) and Labour member of the European Parliament for East Midlands.

Willmott was born in the mining village of Horden, County Durham, but moved to Mansfield with her family at the age of 10. She was educated in Mansfield and at Trent Polytechnic where she obtained an HNC in medical science. She worked as a medical scientist for the National Health Service at King's Mill and Mansfield Hospitals from 1969 to 1990. She was chair of Mansfield Constituency Labour Party and a member of Nottinghamshire County Council from 1989 to 1993, and worked as an assistant to Alan Meale (Member of Parliament for Mansfield) from 1987 to 1990.

In 1990 she became political officer for the GMB trade union Midland and East Coast region. She served as chair of the East Midlands Regional Labour Party and was second on the Labour Party list for the European Parliament in the 2004 elections to the European Parliament in East Midlands.

On 1 January 2006 she was appointed to replace the late Phillip Whitehead as a member of the European Parliament for East Midlands.

In July 2006 she was elected to the position of Chief Whip of the Labour MEPs in the European Parliament. In January 2009 she was elected as the Leader of the Labour MEPs, replacing Gary Titley who had resigned the post.

She is a Co-Chair of the European Parliamentary Cervical Cancer Interest Group (ECCIG). She lives in Leicestershire with her husband Edward.




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