|Leader of the European Conservatives
11 December 2011
|Preceded by||Jan Zahradil|
|Leader of the Conservative Party
in the European Parliament
23 November 2010
|Preceded by||Timothy Kirkhope|
|Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
10 June 1999
|Preceded by||Position established|
8 August 1961 |
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 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.
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. In December 2011, he became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the Parliament; as a leader of a parliamentary group, he has a seat in the political leadership of the European Parliament, the Conference of Presidents.
He is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. As of 2013, he was also member of the two European Parliament's committee on the environment, public health and food safety (ENVI). Callanan is a regular contributor to ConservativeHome, writing a monthly report.
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