Isaura Navarro

Isaura Navarro

Isaura Navarro Casillas (born 5 November 1973 in Valencia, Spain) is a Spanish politician and former member of the Spanish Parliament. She holds a law degree obtained from the University of Valencia and specialises in business and labour law with a focus on worker's rights, due to obtaining the relevant qualifications in 1997. She has been the legal counsel of the Workers' Commissions Public Service and Public Administration Federation since the year 2000. In 2004 she was chosen to head the list of United Left in Valencia. With a drop in the overall United left vote, she won the 16th and final list seat, although a drop of less than 1800 votes would have cost her her seat. [ [ 2004 election results] ] In 2005 she became part of the federal praesidium of United Left. In the 2008 election she lost her seat to the Popular Party.

She lives in the Carmen district, the historic centre of Valencia, where she is active in the Residents Association, providing legal advice to the Commercial and Residential Association. She is also a member and supporter of Greenpeace.


Navarro's main focus is on social issues, women and the environment. She is an opponent of the construction of the high speed AVE train in the Valencia region, arguing in the Cortes that it would be a train for the elite which would damage the environment and would harm the operation of conventional trains. [ [ Isaura Navarro Intervenciones: 03-oct-2007 ] ] She has been an active campaigner on gay, lesbian and transgender issues. [ [ Orgull Valencia 2005 ] ] [ [ Noticias transexuales Junio 2007 ] ] She supports laws making it easier for people to officially leave the established churches. [ [ Noticias ] ] [ [ Izquierda Republicana ] ] She also supports the decriminalisation of cannabis [ [ Isaura Navarro reclama que el Congreso acepte debatir la derogación del artículo de la “ley Corcueraâ€? » Cannabis y más, un lugar de encuentro ] ]

Controversies and Navarro's response

Navarro became involved in controversy following an official trip to Peru when she was alleged to have asked for an official car for her partner who was an international observer for the upcoming electoral process, as well as allowing him to participate in official dinners without the knowledge of the Spanish foreign ministry. [ [ Navarro, diputada de IU, lleva a su novio a reuniones de una delegación parlamentaria en Perú | ] ] He also took part in discussions with the Peruvian foreign minister where he was accused of dressing inadequately for the occasion and not behaving in the appropriate manner. [ [ Libertad Digital: Nacional :: La diputada de IU Isaura Navarro invita a su novio a un viaje oficial a Perú y lo presenta como observador internacional ] ] Navarro denied she had acted improperly, stating that her partner was accredited as an International Observer by the Peruvian National Electoral Commission and that neither the Spanish Embassy nor Spanish Government had objected to his participation. [ [ Libertad Digital: Nacional :: Isaura Navarro, indignada por la "tergiversación" de su viaje a Perú acompañada por su novio ] ]

She also sponsored a proposal which would have made Neighbourhood Watch schemes illegal on the grounds that these represented vigilantism, which is illegal in Spain. [ [ Navarro opposes neighbourhood watch schemes.] ]

The leadership of the Valencian Federation of United Left accused her of owing the organisation 10,000 Euros originating from her assets as a deputy. [ [ - El voto más caro para las primarias de IU ] ] . Navarro herself said she would not deposit the money, as she was part of an internal dispute between her internal tendency in IU and the Valencian leadership. She later paid her dues to the Federal Leadership of IU. [ [ La Comunidad » Ara » EUPV admite en un documento que Isaura Navarro paga su aportación. 13/10/2007 ] ]

2008 General elections

In October 2007, she announced that she would be supporting Gaspar Llamazares's as candidature for the nomination as Prime Ministerial candidate for IU in the 2008 Spanish general election [ [ Isaura Navarro insta a votar a Llamazares como candidato de IU porque "representa a toda la izquierda" sin "sectarismo". ] ] stating that he would be the best non-sectarian candidate for all the left wing parties making up the coalition. As a result of divisions in IU, Navarro was challenged for the number one place on the Valencia list by Antonio Montalbán with sections of the organisation hostile to the current leader Llamazares also opposed to Navarro's reselection. [ [ Llamazares se ofrece a mediar en la crisis de EU y del grupo parlamentario de Compromís · ELPAÍ ] ] [es icon [ Los nombres que las federaciones de IU barajan para la Cámara baja - Pú ] ] [ [ La dirección nacional de IU advierte de que vigilará "muy de cerca" la elección del candidato de la Comunitat. Las Provincias ] ] On November 18th, 2007 at an Assembly held in Burjassot Navarro was replaced as head of the Valencia list by Montalbán. [ [ Navarro deselected.] ] The IU leadership later reviewed and upheld this decision. Consequently, Navarro left IU and stood in the election as head of the list for a broader coalition which included left wing, regional and environmental parties: the Valencian People's Initiative (Iniciativa del Poble Valencià), Valencian Nationalist Bloc (Bloc Nacionalista Valencià) and The Greens (Els Verds). [ [ Navarro to head list in 2008.] ] However the list polled only 1.33% of the votes cast, a drop compared to the 2004 election and consequently Navarro lost her seat.


External links

* [ Navarro's profile at the Spanish Congress website]
* [ Isaura Navarro's Blog (in Spanish and Valencian]
* [ of Isaura Navarro]

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