Neil and Glenys Kinnock, March 1987.
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Kinnock (born 1942) became Labour leader in 1983. In 1992 John Major was elected Conservative Prime Minister and Kinnock resigned as party leader after his election defeat. He remained an MP until 1995, and then became European commissioner for transport. He joined the board of Britain in Europe in September 2004, and later that year was chosen as head of the British Council. In 2005 he was granted a peerage and was created Baron Kinnock, of Bedwellty in the County of Gwent. His wife Glenys (born 1944) was a teacher before becoming an MEP (Member of the European Parliament) in 1994. She has been involved in the European Development and Co-operation Committee and has worked as patron or president of a number of charitable organisations.