Labour boosts its PR for 2004 European elections

The Labour Party is seeking a parliamentary press officer for its Brussels office to increase the profiles of its members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and encourage voters to go to the polls in the 2004 European elections.

The Labour Party is seeking a parliamentary press officer for its

Brussels office to increase the profiles of its members of the European

Parliament (MEPs) and encourage voters to go to the polls in the 2004

European elections.



The move follows a disastrous showing in June’s elections when the party

lost 33 seats. Before the vote it held 62 out of a possible 87

seats.



The post is to be filled following the departure of the European Labour

Party’s two existing PR staff. The party is losing Paul Andrew, its

existing parliamentary press officer who joined in February this year

from Hobsbawm Macaulay. Andrew said he was leaving because his ’contract

expired’ but added that he expects to stay within ’Labour Party

circles’.



Carol Rawling, publications and campaign officer for the European

Parliament and the Labour Party is also leaving.



Rawling was based in London but, because the party’s budget has been

reduced as a result of having fewer MEPs, her role is disappearing.



In the June election only 24 per cent of the electorate turned out - the

lowest in Europe -because ’people did not recognise or identify with

MEPs’, said a Labour spokesman.



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