Terry Wynn


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Member of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2006 representing the North West counties of England with a 7 million population.  One of the 3 Labour Party Members out of a total of 9 MEPs who represent the region under a proportional voting system.


From 1999 to 2004 he held the position of President of the Budget Committee which oversees the €110bn budget of the EU.  In this role he was Head of Parliament delegations when negotiating the budget with the Finance Ministers of the 25 Member States which occurred several times each financial year.  Responsible also for Parliamentary reports on the future financing of the EU.


He was vice-chairman to the President of the European Parliament (therefore de-facto chairman) of the Parliament’s temporary committee on “Policy Challenges and Budgetary Means of the Enlarged Union from 2007-2013”.


He also co-chaired the Committee of Inquiry into allegations of EU funds being misused by the Palestinian Authority.

His senior role meant he also visited and led delegations of inquiry to such places as Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Lithuania before decisions were taken on financing projects in these countries.


Prior to being President of the Committee he was the majority leader (i.e. Co-ordinator) for his political group for 5 years.  Before that he had been general Budget Rapporteur (i.e. the Member responsible for setting out Parliament’s position on the budget – the lead player) for two budgets, the only person to have done this twice.


In the Budgetary Control Committee he has taken many reports through Parliament including four General Budgets, normally a member only does one  (once again the only person to have done so) and in doing so lay the foundation for handling the European Court of Auditor’s Statement of Assurance when it was negative.


The last such report, voted in April 2005, has also laid the foundations for significant changes in control procedures to attain a positive statement of assurance on the EU budget.


His special interests include reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, (and he was Chairman of an all-party, cross nationality grouping of MEPs which campaigns for agriculture reform) and Development Aid, where he had a specific interest in South Africa and has written a Parliamentary Report on funding of the EU Special Programme during the apartheid years.


He strongly advocates the case for Nuclear Power and Chaired the Forum for the Future of Nuclear Energy within the European Parliament.  He did this as a qualified Marine Chief Engineer with a knowledge of power generation and also as a strong believer in protecting the environment for future generations, especially from the effects if CO2 .  On this subject he has been invited to speak at various European gatherings, visited nuclear installations in the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Sweden, South Africa, been a keynote speaker at a Conference in Tokyo and gave two Public Lectures in Auckland and Dunedin on "Nuclear Energy For A Green Future" . He also led a delegation to Bulgaria and was instrumental in raising the issue of the Kozloduy nuclear power plant in the EU.

Added to all  this, he was Treasurer of the European Energy Forum.

Since Australia and New Zealand are part of the Cairns Group, campaigning for agriculture reform within the WTO, he was a vice-President of the Parliamentary delegation to these countries.  He had the honour of being the inaugural speaker at the Jean Monet lecture at the University of Christchurch, (followed the next year by Prime Minister Helen Clarke).  He has addressed civil servants and politicians in both Canberra and Wellington as well as Pretoria and Cape town on European matters. In March/April 2007 he was "European in Residence" for the EU Centres Network of New Zealand, speaking at the Universities of Auckland, Waikato, Wellington, Christchurch and Otago. He was also a keynote speaker at a series of events throughout New Zealand to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of The Treaty of Rome. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the National Centre For Research on Europe at the University of Canterbury.

In Europe he has spoken at various UK Universities, the House of Lords Select Committee on Europe, the University of Florence, the OECD in Paris, the French Senate and to Government Departments in 12 of the original 15 Member States on EU Budgetary issues.

In 1994 he co-authored a booklet “A guide to the Community Budget” published by the UK Local Government International Bureau and has recently published “The EU Budget – Public Perception and Fact” which can be viewed by clicking here.

His employment career path saw him join the Merchant Navy as an Engineer Apprentice in 1962 and leave 12 years later with a Combined Chief Engineers Certificate. He was then a Works Engineer for British Gypsum, an Engineer Surveyor for ICI, a Shipyard Manager for Manchester Dry Docks and a Training Advisor for the Shipbuilding Industry Training Board. At the demise of the SITB in the mid eighties, he and a colleague established a non-statutory training organisation for the private sector shipbuilders and ship repairers, MAITA (Marine and Allied Industries Training Association). During his time with the SITB and MAITA he studied part time and gained a MSc in Manpower Studies and Industrial Relations from Salford University.

His main interests after his family are reading, music, trying to play golf, sport in general, with a passion for Rugby League in particular. He is the Vice Chairman of the Board of the Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes (the corporate body that acts as Custodian Trustee for virtually all Methodist property - eg over 6,000 churches; and custodian of funds held in over 9,500 separate accounts - value circa £260million - www.methodist.org.uk). He is also on the Board of Trustees for Action for Children www.actionforchildren.org.uk and was a Chairman of the Trustees for The Rock Bus, a church, community project working with young people - www.therockbus.org.uk. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow of the National Centre For Reasearch on Europe at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a elected Board Member of the European Parliament Voluntary Pension Scheme and is on the Executive Committee of the Christian Sicialist Movement (CSM) www.thecsm.org.uk. With the appointment of the new Commissioners of the European Union in 2010 he was asked to served as one of the three man Ethics Committee. He is on the Council of the Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church, which provides investment management for organisations within Methodism (www.cfbmethodistchurch.org.uk). He is also a Methodist Local Preacher (see Methodist preacher guest page), is  author of two books “Onward Christian Socialist (Click here to start reading this book) and a book about faith and politics, “Where are the Prophets” (click here to start reading this book).         


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