Anita Pollack

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"Anita Pollack joined the Labour Party in 1970 in what was then Newham North East constituency. She was amongst those who voted to deselect Reg Prentice MP in 1975, who was then a Cabinet Minister in Harold Wilson’s Labour government. At the time she was depicted on the front page of the Evening Standard as “the most dangerous woman in the constituency.” Anita was a founding member of Labour Co-ordinating Committee (a left of centre Labour pressure group). She was also a founding member of Emily’s List (a Labour organization devoted to helping more women become elected). She held a range of branch and constituency officerships in her local Labour Party. She has served on Labour’s National Executive Womens’ Committee (on behalf of Labour MEPs) and for many years was an elected member of the London Regional Board. She is a member of the Co-operative Party, the Fabian Society (for which she was for many years secretary of the Newham society), Labour’s environment organization SERA, Compass, Labour Movement for Europe and Unite the Union (formerly ASTMS/MSF). She is also a member of Amnesty International, Green Alliance, RSPB and WWF...

"Recruited in 1980 as research assistant to (then) Rt Hon Barbara Castle, leader of Labour’s MEPs in the European Parliament, she remained in this post until 1989, traveling regularly to Strasbourg and Brussels. Herself elected to the European Parliament for London South West in June 1989 with the smallest majority in the country (518), Anita was re-elected in June 1994 with almost 50% of the vote. (For details of her activities as a MEP see MEP page.) From 2000 Anita was Head of European Policy for English Heritage until retirement in August 2006. During that time she represented English Heritage on the Council of Europa Nostra, a pan-European heritage organization. Having a long-standing interest in India, Anita is a member of the Advisory Council of Jeevika Trust, formerly India Development Group."[1]


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  1. Anita Pollack Bio, organizational web page, accessed April 15, 2012.