Brief Biographical Details

Full Name David Robert Bowe
Date of Birth 19 July 1955
Past Post Labour Member of the European Parliament, Yorkshire & The Humber Region 1999 - 2004
Education Heathfield Senior High School, Gateshead
Sunderland Polytechnic 1973-1976
Bath University 1976-1977
Teesside Polytechnic 1986-1988
Academic Qualifications BSC 1976; PGCE 1977; DMS 1988

Past Memberships

Euorpean Parliamentary Labour Party Environment Spokesperson

Euorpean Parliamentary Labour Party Link Person with Government - Environment

Euorpean Parliamentary Labour Party Country Link MEP with Ireland

Full Member of European Parliament Committee on Environment, Public Health & Consumer Policy:

Rapporteur During Previous & Existing Parliaments For Following Legislation:

  • Council Directive For A Community Strategy For The Management Of Waste
  • Council Directive On The Landfill Of Waste
  • Council Directive On Integrated Pollution Prevention & Control
  • Council Directive On The Control Of Major Accident Hazards - Council Directive On The Disposal Of Pcb's And Pct's
  • Council Directive For The Control Of The Deliberate Release In The Environment Of Genetically Modifed Organisms
  • Leader Of European Parliament Delegation In Genetically Modified Organisms Concilation Committee
  • Member Of The New Temporary Committee Of Inquiry Human Genetics & Biotechnology
  • Substitute Member Of European Parliament Committee On Industry, External Trade, Research And Energy
  • Vice Chairman Of European Parliament STOA Panel (Scientific & Technological Options Assessment)
  • Member, European Parliament Delegation For Relations With China
  • Chairman Of Committee Of Inquiry Into The Spread Of Organised Crime Linked To Drug Trafficking In The Community, 1990-1991
  • Member Of Board Of GLOBE EU (Global Legislators For A Balanced Environment)
  • Coordinator, Working Group On Nuclear Testing, GLOBE EU
  • Coordinator, Working Group On Endocrine Distrupting Chemicals, GLOBE EU
  • Fellow Of Industry & Parliament Trust
Interests Consumer Affairs, Health & Green Issues
Hobbies Reading, Swimming, Walking
Marital Status Married, One Son - James Robert One Daughter - Emily Anne
Spouse Helena Margaret
Office Address

4 Silverdale Mount
LS20 8PY

Tel No 01943 877962
Mobile No 07711 636495
Fax No 01943 876196
E Mail Contact Page
Career Details From 1977 Science Teacher
Political Background 1983-1989 Member Of Middlesbrough Borough Council
Trade Unions Member Of NUT, UNISON & ISTC

Political & Labour Party Experience

Joined the Labour Party in 1976 Roles have included:

Secretary of local Young Socialists
Constituency Secretary, Teesside Thornaby
CLP Member of Labour Party Northern Regional Executive
Middlesbrough Councillor 1983-1989
Chair of Middlesbrough Council's Monitoring and Review Committee
Member of the European Parliament for Cleveland and Yorkshire North 1989-1994
Member of the European Parliament for Cleveland & Richmond 1994-1999
Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & the Humber 1999 - 2004
Past EPLP (European Parliamentary Labour Party) auditor
Former Labour's Spokesperson on Environment policy in the European Parliament and Labour MEP's Link-person with UK Environment Ministers

Other Life Experience

Secondary school science teacher and tutor of 'adult returners' for twelve years. For six of these years, teaching was combined with full-time parenting duties and the role of Borough Councillor.

A member of UNISON and a 'left-the-profession' member for the NUT.

Industrial experience gained while becoming a Fellow of the Industry and Parliament Trust. Experience of day to day industrial management and marketing gained while shadowing the work of managers at Laporte chemicals company. Around thirty study days were spent with senior managers studying planning, budgeting, investment appraisal, overseas expansion and decision making activities. This including visits to operations in France (working in French language) and Germany.

Extensive community involvement as:

Former Vice-chair of a local Neighbourhood Centre management committee, assisting community development in an area of high deprivation and ethnic diversity.
Former founding member and Chair of local Community Council
Former member of governing body of two local schools, Chair of Governors of one of them.

Other political activity:

Former Secretary of local Chile Solidarity Campaign
Member of Anti-Apartheid
Former Secretary of Cleveland Socialist Educational Association
Treasurer of the Tribune Groups of MEPs
Member of the European Movement
Treasurer of the MEP Group of Labour Movement in Europe
Vice Chairman of the Yorkshire Coal Task Force


Communication skills

As a former teacher, effective communication has been a normal part of my daily work for two decades. I can adapt my style to a variety of situations. I have considerable experience of speaking in local community meetings and colleges, to industry and in the European Parliament. I have taken part in many public debates and been interviewed by press, radio and TV, including live TV and live radio phone-ins. I recently took part, from home, in a 3 a.m. Internet conference link with Labour's sister party in Japan. I am beginning to use the Internet and have a web-site to enhance my services to the public. I am an experienced chairperson and the author of many policy documents for European Parliament committees as well as articles on issues including public services, steel, chemicals and various environmental issues.

Campaigning skills

I am an effective campaigner on the doorstep and elsewhere. I have fought three successful and one unsuccesful European Parliament campaigns as candidate. In the last two General Elections I did 'key campaigner' work in Westminster marginals and provided support facilities. I played a major role with local authorities in obtaining Objective 5b status for parts of North Yorkshire. I have worked with local community organisations, local authorities, trade unions and businesses on constituency campaigns to: build a long term future for the coal industry in the UK, upgrade the notorious A66, clean up Yorkshire beaches, oppose proposed power lines through Yorkshire, and develop a sustainable energy strategy for Yorkshire. In Spring 2000 I was nominated in this year's "Green Ribbon" Political awards as recognition of the role I have played in creating a safer and more sustainable world for ourselves and future generations.

Representational and problem solving skills

For six years as a Borough Councillor I undertook considerable casework and advocacy on behalf of people with diverse needs. I have developed these skills, enabling me to act as an advocate at the highest level. I have also learnt to seek consensual solutions to complex problems. In the parliament I have been allocated on several occasions, the senior responsibility of rapporteur. I have also been the parliament's spokesperson at several major conferences.

A scientific background helps me to apply an analytical and methodical approach to problem solving. I am accustomed to taking a comprehensive, strategic view of problems, and then to apply careful monitoring and lobbying in order to achieve progress. Skills also include a grasp of complex budgets: in the Environment Committee was the Socialist Group spokesperson on the budget. I was one of the few MEPs with extensive experience in the parliament's conciliation process.

Interpersonal, team-work and liaison skills

I like to apply the European Parliament's style of operation: negotiation and consensus seeking rather than confrontation, to most of my work as an MEP. As a former councillor for a ward with a high concentration of ethnic minority residents, I understand the importance of respecting differing cultural traditions and trying to see issues from others' perspectives.

As a spokesperson or rapporteur I have taken responsibility for ensuring good communications and working relations with colleagues. Liaison is a key function in my role as link-person between Labour MEPs and UK environment ministers. Years of successful relationship-building and networking with European Union institutions have helped me to assist local authorities, businesses, trade unions and community groups, by helping them to access those institutions to help obtain resources and support.

Other skills

My technical and scientific background has greatly assisted my work on environment and industry policy. My Diploma in Management Studies aids my understanding of business and helped me to establish an efficient constituency office, which serves the Labour Party and the region.

Language skills

I continue t develop my language skills. I have taken a number of intensive courses and I have regular lessons in Brussels. My French is proficient for French radio and TV interviews and it has helped me to build good working relationships with French speaking colleagues.