Brussels Office

Laura O’Connor

Head of Office

From Ireland, Laura spent several years in the UK before moving to Brussels. Laura has a BA in History & Politics, an MA in International Relations from University College Cork and a postgraduate diploma from the University of Bradford. Laura has worked in UK-EU politics since 2015 and previously volunteered with an international education organisation in the US. She has a background in political communications, campaigns & policy analysis. Laura is equalities officer for GMB Brussels branch. Laura likes her three dogs, photography & politics podcasts.

Eva Saeva

Parliamentary Assistant

Originally from Sofia in Bulgaria, Eva has lived and worked in Brussels since March 2018. Before working for the EPLP, she was a trainee at the European Commission. Eva undertook her university studies in Rome, Italy, studying International Relations and did an Erasmus semester abroad in Graz, Austria. She is currently studying towards a PhD at Newcastle Law School, analysing the legal aspects of the EU’s approach to cybersecurity. Eva likes jogging, baking, and hanging out with an international group of friends.

Antonio Mattiello

Parliamentary Assistant

From Naples in Italy, Antonio lived for several years in the UK where he studied Political Science at London Metropolitan University. In London, Antonio worked as a caseworker for a Labour MP, where he developed a particular expertise in UK immigration policies. He moved to Brussels in January 2018 to work with the European Parliamentary Labour Party. He has volunteered with several charities and campaigned in elections in Italy and the UK. In his free time, Antonio loves to read books, go running and playing squash with friends.

North West Office

James Roberts

Head of UK Office

From Liverpool, James is a Liverpool City Councillor for Greenbank ward and Vice Chair of Merseyside Fire & Rescue Authority. He holds a BA and an MA in History, and a PGCE in teaching adult learners. He previously worked as a Lecturer at St Helens College, a Policy Advisor for a Labour MP and as a Researcher at the University of Liverpool. He is a former Vice Chair of the Fabian Society and a current Executive Committee member of SERA (Labour’s environment campaign). He recently finished the Tokyo Marathon and runs regularly with his local running club.

Tom Cardwell

Constituency Worker

Tom is from Liverpool and holds a BSc in Food Technology and a BA (Hons) in Marketing from Manchester Metropolitan University. He has worked in food and drink manufacturing in the USA, Africa, Asia and across much of the EU, working on communications and corporate affairs. A Labour Party activist for over 30 years, Tom is a passionate European and has campaigned on issues such as poverty, equality and diversity. Outside of work he is an avid gardener and collects cookery and food history books.

Emily Spurrell


Emily moved to Liverpool in 2011. She is a Liverpool City Councillor for Mossley Hill ward and previously served as Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside. Emily has a passion for tackling and ending violence against women and girls. She graduated from the University of Leeds in 2010 with a degree in Politics and Parliamentary Studies which included spending an internship year working in the US Congress and UK Parliament. Outside of work, Emily has recently taken up running and loves going out for dinner with friends.

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