Emma McClarkin was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament representing the UK in 2009. In 2014 she was re-elected as one of two Conservative MEPs for the East Midlands.
Having been an activist for the Party from a young age, Emma has always been passionate about politics. After working in Law, Emma decided to become more involved in Politics, and has been working for the Conservative Party in the East Midlands Region in various roles for about 10 years. Directly before being elected in 2009, Emma worked for the Rugby Football Union as their Government Relations Executive.
Emma is one of five elected MEPs for the East Midlands region. She is the ECR Coordinator on INTA (Committee on International Trade), a substitute member on IMCO (Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection) a substitute member on CULT (Committee on Culture and Education), a Member of the delegation to the US, and Co-Treasurer of the ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists) Group. She is also Chair of the Commonwealth Forum.
Having joined the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee in early 2012, Emma was appointed as the ECR Group Coordinator for the committee in 2014, meaning that she is the lead MEP in the Group on Trade matters. This includes the EU-US trade deal (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which is currently being negotiated, as well as the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and legislation on conflict minerals. Emma is at the forefront of opening up other trade deals or modernising some of those already in place, such as the trade pillar of the Global Agreement with Mexico. She is also the ECR lead MEP on trade issues with China and is following developments in trade relations between the EU and Australia. In the last mandate she worked hard to promote free trade and to prevent the European Commission from pursuing protectionist trade policies, particularly in the realm of public procurement.
Outside of work Emma’s interests include walking, the countryside and photography. Emma also a keen sports fan and rugby follower and captained the Parliament’s Touch Rugby team! Emma also enjoys kayaking and skiing, but politics is her passion and most of the time she is keeping up to date with current affairs or supporting Party events up and down the region.
Emma is also a supporter for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and has raised money with her family in memory of her mother who died of the disease. Emma has also completed three High Peak Hikes with Conservative Candidate Andrew Bingham to raise awareness for Breakthrough and local charities. Emma was re-elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
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