Martin Callanan (born 8 August 1961) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is Member of the European Parliament for North East England and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group.
Callanan was born on 8 August 1961 in Newcastle upon Tyne. In 1985, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle Polytechnic.
Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 (when the council was abolished) and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996. He was the last Conservative to win an election in Gateshead. He worked as a project engineer at Scottish and Newcastle breweries from 1986 to 1998, when he was elected to the European Parliament.
He unsuccessfully stood as a parliamentary candidate for Washington (in the 1987 election), Gateshead East (in the 1992 election), and Tynemouth (in the 1997 election).
Member of European Parliament
He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency since 1999, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.
He is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. Callanan is a regular contributor to ConservativeHome, writing a monthly report.
Callanan vehemently opposed the erection of the "Angel of the North" sculpture by Antony Gormley.