Glenys Elizabeth Kinnock, Baroness Kinnock of
Holyhead FRSA (née
Parry; born 7 July 1944) is a British politician and former teacher.
She was a Labour Party
Member of the European Parliament
Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from
1994 to 2009. She is the wife of Neil Kinnock, who was leader of the
Labour Party from 1983 to 1992. When
Neil Kinnock received a life
peerage in 2005, Glenys became entitled to the style "Lady Kinnock",
which she chose not to use. She was awarded a life peerage when she
joined the government in 2009. She and her husband are one of the few
couples to both hold life peerages in their own right. From 2010 to
2013 she was the Opposition Spokesperson for the Department of
International Development in the House of Lords.
1 Early life
2 European Parliament
3 United Kingdom Parliament
4 Patron and honours
6 See also
8 External links
Glenys Elizabeth Parry was born at Roade, Northamptonshire, and
Holyhead High School, Anglesey. She graduated in 1965 from
University College, Cardiff in education and history. She met her
Neil Kinnock at university and married him in 1967. She
worked as a teacher in secondary, primary, infant and nursery schools,
including the Wykeham Primary School, Neasden, London. She is a member
of the GMB, the Co-operative Party, and the NUT. She speaks Welsh, but
she did not pass this heritage on to her son, Stephen Kinnock, who is
married to the former Danish prime minister
Helle Thorning-Schmidt and
through him she has two granddaughters and through her daughter Rachel
she has a granddaughter and a grandson.
Kinnock represented Wales in the
European Parliament from 1994 until
2009, where she was a member of the PES political group. She was a
Member of the European Parliament's Development and Co-operation
Committee and a substitute member of the Committee on Citizens'
Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. She was a
co-president of the African, Caribbean and Pacific-EU Joint
Parliamentary Assembly from 2002–09, and Labour spokesperson on
International Development in the European Parliament.
In November 2006, Glenys Kinnock was criticised in the press for
"taking a junket" to
Barbados to discuss world poverty issues. She
was co-presiding over the 12th ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly,
which was invited by the
Barbados government to discuss international
aid and development.
On 18 January 2009, Kinnock revealed on the BBC's The Andrew Marr Show
that she and
Neil Kinnock had received a personal invitation from Joe
Biden to attend Barack Obama's presidential inauguration on 20 January
2009 at the
United States Capitol
United States Capitol in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, Glenys Kinnock was caught up in an expenses scandal. Fellow
Hans-Peter Martin claimed to have caught 194 colleagues receiving
the European Parliament's attendance allowance. Kinnock was among
those MEPs whom Martin found and filmed leaving the building just
moments after they had signed in for the day to qualify for their
£175-a-day allowance, in addition to their £70,000 salaries as
United Kingdom Parliament
In the 2009 cabinet reshuffle, Kinnock was appointed Minister for
Europe following the resignation of Caroline Flint. To enable her to
join the government, she was awarded a life peerage and became
Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead, of
Holyhead in the County of Ynys Môn,
on 30 June 2009. She was introduced to the
House of Lords
House of Lords on the
In September 2009,
The Daily Telegraph
The Daily Telegraph listed Baroness Kinnock as the
UK's 38th 'Most influential Left-winger', stating: "People working
closely with the new minister have asked why on earth better use had
not been made of her sooner. She has impressed civil servants and,
more importantly, made a good impression on visits and in meetings
From 12 October 2009 to 11 May 2010 Glenys Kinnock served as Minister
of State with responsibility for Africa, the Caribbean, Central
America and the UN, filling a post left vacant after the resignation
of Lord Malloch-Brown.
Patron and honours
Baroness Kinnock is a Council Member of the European Council on
She is a patron, president or board member of a number of charitable
organisations, including Womankind Worldwide, Saferworld, Drop
the Debt, EdUKaid, Parliamentarians for Global Action, The
Burma Campaign UK, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative,
Voluntary Service Overseas, Freedom from Torture, and Humanists UK.
She is also Patron to Snap Cymru, a Welsh children's charity. Council
member of Overseas Development Institute Member of Advisory Board of
Global Witness. Also patron to Life for African Mothers, a maternal
health charity based in Cardiff and working in sub Saharan Africa
One World Action (formerly The
Bernt Carlsson Trust) on 21
December 1989, exactly one year after UN Commissioner for Namibia,
Bernt Carlsson, was killed in the
Pan Am Flight 103
Pan Am Flight 103 crash. In December
2007, a United Nations inquiry was called into Bernt Carlsson's
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an honorary Fellow of
the University of Wales, Newport, and the University of Wales, Bangor.
She holds honorary Doctorates from Thames Valley University, Brunel
University and Kingston University.
Voices for One World, 1987
Eritrea – images of war and peace, 1988
Namibia – birth of a nation, 1991
By Faith and Daring, 1993
Zimbabwe on the brink, 2002
"The rape of Darfur", 2006, The Guardian
"A lethal bully that must be tackled", 2006, The Times
"The need for an ethical foreign policy, Mark II", 2007, The
"Cambodia's Brazen U.N. Bid", 2012, The New York Times
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European Parliament website
Speeches made in the European Parliament
Mrs Kinnock, co-president of the ACP EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly
European Parliament for Wales
South Wales East (1994–1999)
Minister of State for Europe
as Undersecretary of State for Europe and Asia
The Lord Malloch-Brown
as Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the United Nations
Minister of State for Africa and the United Nations
as Undersecretary of State for Africa and the United Nations
Ministers of State for Europe
Leader of the Labour Party (1983–1992)
Member of Parliament for Bedwellty (1970–1983)
Member of Parliament for Islwyn (1983–1995)
Shadow Cabinet elections
War of Jennifer's Ear
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