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
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
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
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.