Norman West, who has died in September 2009 at the age of 73, was a former Yorkshire member of the European Parliament. Born in Barnsley, he worked as a miner at Barnsley’s Barrow Colliery from the age of 15 and was a staunch member of the National Union of Mineworkers.
For some years he was a councillor on the former South Yorkshire County Council until in 1984 he was elected as a Labour Euro MP to represent the Yorkshire South constituency.
He served in the Brussels Parliament until March 1998 when he was forced to retire through ill health. In the subsequent by-election he was succeeded as Euro MP by Linda McAvan who, in paying tribute to Norman said: “Norman worked hard for our mining communities during some very difficult times, during the (1984 – 1985) strike and the pit closures that followed. It was those traumatic experiences that began the process of European funding that has helped to regenerate so many of our local communities. That legacy will be with us for many years to come.”
He leaves his wife, Shirley and two sons.
From the EPLP:
It is with deep regret that we inform Members and Staff of the death of former MEP,
Mr Norman West, on 7 of September 2009, at the age of 73 years.
Norman West served as a British Member of the European Parliament from 1984 to 1998. During his time in Parliament, he was a member of the Group of the Party of European Socialists. In the European Parliament, Norman West served on the Committee on Energy, Research and Technology.
Norman West was a member and vice chairman of the delegation for relations with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Mongolia. He was also a member of the Parliamentary delegation for relations with Yugoslavia,
Norman West served on the delegations for relations with the Mashreq countries, the countries of Central America and Mexico and was a member of the delegation for relations with the Member States of ASEAN, South-East Asia and the Republic of Korea.