From Leicester to Brussels – Rory Palmer on becoming an MEP

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Join us at the Chamber for an exciting Alumni Committee event “From Leicester to Brussels – Rory Palmer on becoming an MEP” with former MEP Rory Palmer.

Having great experience in politics at a variety of levels, Mr Rory will share his journey and discuss the major differences and similarities between being a city counsellor and an MEP. For anyone looking to start a career in politics or public affairs, be it in the UK or EU. Mr Rory will be sharing his experience of politics and provide advice on what skills, mindset and experiences are necessary for the next generation of successful public affairs professionals.

Rory Palmer served in local politics as the Deputy City Mayor of Leicester and campaigns and policy research for Labour MPs in the UK. During his time in the European Parliament he served as a member of the influential Environment, Public Health & Food Safety Committee (ENVI), the Employment & Social Affairs Committee (EMPL) and the International Development Committee (DEVE).

We look forward to welcoming you at the Chamber to this exciting event!

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Rory Palmer was a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the East Midlands and previously served as the Deputy City Mayor of Leicester. Rory currently works in campaigns, policy and public affairs for a national charity. Rory took his seat in the European Parliament at the elections in 2019. During his time as a Member of the European Parliament, he served as a member of the influential Environment, Public Health & Food Safety Committee; the Employment & Social Affairs Committee; and the International Development Committee. In Brussels and in his East Midlands constituency Rory won a positive reputation as a hardworking, campaigning and effective MEP. He was the Shadow Rapporteur for his political group on the renewal of the EU’s Drinking Water Directive - one of the biggest pieces of EU environmental and public health legislation of the session. Rory was vice-chair of the European Parliament’s delegation for relations with Australia & New Zealand and was an active member of the delegation for relations with the United States, making a number of trips to the US to meet with Congressional legislators. Prior to taking his seat in the European Parliament, Rory was the first Deputy City Mayor of Leicester (2011-2017), taking the role as Leicester adopted a new Executive Mayor model of governance. During his time as Deputy City Mayor, Rory worked closely with the City Mayor across a wide range of strategic areas and held lead responsibility for public health; adult social care; environmental policy and climate change. In 2011 Rory set up and chaired the Leicester Child Poverty Commission. He served as an elected city councillor in Leicester, first elected in 2007 and re-elected in 2011 and 2015. Rory has previously worked as a political campaigns and communications advisor to Labour MPs and in policy research. Rory is currently a member of the national executive committee of the Fabian Society think tank.

This event is held under the Chatham House Rule.

It aims to provide anonymity to speakers and to encourage openness and the sharing of information. It is now used throughout the world as an aid to free discussion. When a meeting, or part thereof, is held under the Chatham House Rule, participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed.