David Martin (Scottish politician)

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David Martin
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Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Member of the European Parliament
for Lothians
In office
14 June 1984 – 10 June 1999
Preceded by Ian Dalziel
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1954-08-26) 26 August 1954 (age 61)
Nationality British
Political party Labour
Spouse(s) Lorraine Davidson
Domestic partner Lorraine Davidson (from 2002)
Alma mater Heriot-Watt University
University of Leicester
Profession Economist

David Martin (born 26 August 1954 in Edinburgh) is a British Labour Party politician, and member of the European Parliament for Scotland.

He was educated in Edinburgh at Liberton High School. He was first elected as a councillor in 1982, and won the Lothians seat in the 1984 European Parliament elections. He retained his seat, and following a reform of the electoral system, was in 1999 elected to represent the whole of Scotland along with other members.

He was elected in 1987 as the youngest ever leader of the British Labour delegation of MEPs. He was Vice-President of the European Parliament from 1989 to 2004 the longest period anyone has served in that position. In 2002 he was the defeated Socialist candidate for President of the Parliament.

He was the European Parliament's rapporteur on what became the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties.

He is currently the rapporteur for the ACTA treaty in the European parliament. In April 2012, he called for ACTA to be rejected.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Married to Lorraine Davidson with two children. He has two children from a previous marriage.


  1. ^ "EU Parliament’s draftsman urges ACTA rejection". Euractiv.com. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 

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