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Gary Titley (born 19 January 1950) is a British Labour Party politician and a former Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the North West of England.

Gary Titley
Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
Greater Manchester West (1989-1999)
In office
25 July 1989 – 13 July 2009
Preceded byBarbara Castle
Personal details
Born (1950-01-19) 19 January 1950 (age 69)
Salford, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom
Political partyLabour

Born in Salford, Titley was educated at the University of York. He worked as a teacher, then as campaign manager for Terry Pitt, and later for John Bird. He served on West Midlands County Council from 1981 to 1986, and unsuccessfully contested Bromsgrove at the 1983 general election, and Dudley West at the 1987 general election.[1]

He is a former director of the West Midlands Enterprise Board and chaired the West Midlands Co-op Finance Company and the Black Country Co-op Development Agency. He was previously a member of the Labour Party's Plant Committee on electoral reform.

He was first elected an MEP in June 1989. He served as leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) from 2002 until January 2009.

In January 2004 a letter bomb was sent to his office and opened by his wife, a member of his staff. It immediately started to smoke and then caught fire, but no one was injured.[2]

As a result of his activities in the European Parliament he has been made a Commander of the White Rose of Finland, and the Order of the Lithuanian Grand Duke Gediminas.

He announced in 2009 that he would not stand for re-election in the 2009 European Parliament election.


  1. ^ BBC-Vacher's Biographical Guide 1996. London: BBC Political Research Unit and Vacher's Publications. 1996. p. 6-40. ISBN 0951520857.
  2. ^ "Euro MP's wife opened letter bomb". Retrieved 30 March 2018.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Simon Murphy
Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party
Succeeded by
Glenis Willmott