Veronica Mary Hardstaff (born Veronica Mary Tutt, 23 October 1941) is a British politician, who has served as a City councillor in Sheffield and in the European Parliament. Events 4004 BC - Creation of the world begins according to the calculations of Archbishop James Ussher 42 BC - Year 1941 ( MCMXLI) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (the link will display 1941 calendar of the Gregorian calendar. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located Sheffield ( is a city and Metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England The European Parliament ( Europarl or EP) is the only directly elected parliamentary institution of the European Union (EU A member of the Labour Party, she is on the left of the party. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the
Hardstaff went to the University of Manchester where she obtained a degree in German, and then studied at the University of Cologne. The University of Manchester is a " red brick " civic University located in Manchester, England. The German language (de ''Deutsch'') is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. The University of Cologne ( German Universität zu Köln) is one of the oldest universities in Europe and with over 44000 students one She married in 1964 and had a son and daughter, but divorced in 1977, retaining her married name. Hardstaff worked as a teacher of German and French, first at High Storrs Girls' Grammar School in Sheffield, then at St Peter's Secondary Modern School. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people Sheffield ( is a city and Metropolitan borough in South Yorkshire, England
In 1971 she was elected as a Labour Party candidate to Sheffield City Council, becoming a full-time councillor; she served for seven years. The Labour Party is a Political party in the United Kingdom. Founded at the start of the 20th century it has been since the 1920s the principal party of the In 1977 she went back to work at Knottingley High School, moving in 1979 to the Frecheville School in Sheffield, and from 1986 to the Birley School. Knottingley is a town within the Metropolitan borough of the City of Wakefield in West Yorkshire, England on the River Aire and the
At the 1994 European Parliament election, Hardstaff was the Labour Party candidate in Lincolnshire and Humberside South. England Scotland and Wales Sources * UK Office of the European Parliament * United Kingdom election results Note Percentages are approximate This constituency was made up of seven constituencies for the United Kingdom Parliament, of which six were held by the Conservative Party. In the United Kingdom (UK, each of the electoral areas or divisions called constituencies elects one or more members to a parliament or assembly The Conservative Party (officially the Conservative and Unionist Party) is a Political party in the United Kingdom. The Labour Party considered winning this election would be taking "a prize Tory scalp". In the end, Hardstaff was elected as Member of the European Parliament with a majority of 13,745. A Member of the European Parliament ( English abbreviation MEP) is a member of the European Union 's legislative body the European Parliament.
She was chosen by her colleagues as Chairwoman of the European Parliamentary Labour Party. The European Parliamentary Labour Party is an integral part of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament and of the British Labour Party. In January 1995, she abstained from signing a declaration against a change in Clause IV of the Labour Party constitution, despite 36 Labour MEPs doing so. Clause IV of the United Kingdom Labour Party constitution sets out the aims and values of the party and has been the object of political fights over its direction With an agricultural constituency she took up farming issues, calling for a new approach to food quality after the BSE scandal including stricter regulation of intensive farming. Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy ( BSE) commonly known as Mad-Cow Disease ( MCD) is a fatal Neurodegenerative disease in Cattle When Lincolnshire was described as a prosperous area, she wrote to object based on the low wages paid to some farmworkers.  She was also Vice-Chairman of the Joint Parliamentary Committee between the European Parliament and Poland from 1995. Poland (Polska officially the Republic of Poland
For the 1999 European Parliament election, the electoral system was changed to list-based proportional representation. England Scotland and Wales Source: UK Office of the European Parliament Note Percentages are approximate Northern Ireland Hardstaff was placed at sixth out of seven on the regional list for Yorkshire and the Humber, a place which made it practically impossible for her to be re-elected; this low placing was attributed to her alliance with the left. Yorkshire and the Humber is a Constituency of the European Parliament.  In the election, Labour won only three seats in the region.
In 2002, Hardstaff was elected to Sheffield City Council for a second term, from Walkley ward. For Netherthorpe Airfield see Netherthorpe Airfield. For the Australian journalism award see Walkley Awards. In May 2005 she was appointed to the cabinet of Sheffield as member for Children's Services, responsible both for education and for social services to children. She supported plans to bring in a City Academy to replace an existing secondary school, sponsored by a Christian educational charity; she also defended the use of the Private Finance Initiative as a pragmatic way of supporting investment. The Private Finance Initiative specifies a method developed initially by the United Kingdom Government, to provide financial support for " Public-Private She left the Sheffield cabinet in May 2006 and in May 2007 was defeated in her re-election bid in Walkley.