|Member of the European Parliament |
for Yorkshire and the Humber
Yorkshire South (1998-1999)
|Assumed office |
7 May 1998
|Preceded by||Norman West|
|Born||2 December 1962|
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
|Spouse(s)||Paul Blomfield MP|
|Alma mater||Heriot-Watt University|
Linda McAvan (born 2 December 1962) is a British Labour Party politician, who is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Yorkshire and the Humber. She has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1998, when she was first elected in a by-election following the resignation of Norman West.
Before being elected she worked for Barnsley Borough Council and was the European Officer for the Coalfields Community Campaign.
Member of the European Parliament, 1998—present
McAvan has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1998. She currently serves as chairwoman of the Committee on Development. In this capacity, she co-chairs (alongside David McAllister) the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG), which oversees the Parliament’s election observation missions.
In addition to her committee assignments, McAvan is also a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. She has been chairing the European Parliament's Fair Trade Working Group and serves on the European Parliament Intergroup on the Western Sahara as well as on the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights. She is also a supporter of the MEP Heart Group, a group of parliamentarians who have an interest in promoting measures that will help reduce the burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVD).
In 2002, McAvan was voted UK European Woman of the Year; she received her award from the former Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Mo Mowlam, who praised her efforts to engage women in the future of Europe. Later that year, however, she lost out against Gary Titley in the contest to select a new leader of British Labour MEPs.
Between 2004 and 2014, McAvan served on the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. In 2009, she drafted the European Parliament's report on monitoring medicine safety. She also sat on the Temporary Committee on Climate Change between 2007 and 2009; in this capacity, she was part of the Parliament's delegations to the 2008 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poznań and to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
Labour Party members elected McAvan to be the top-ranked Labour candidate  for Yorkshire and the Humber in the 2009 European elections, narrowly beating Richard Corbett for the top place. In 2014, she again topped the ballot.
- National Coal Mining Museum for England, Member of the Steering Committee
- Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS), Member of the Policy Advisory Board
- Members of the Democracy Support and Election Coordination Group (DEG) European Parliament
- Members Archived 8 December 2015 at the Wayback Machine European Parliament Intergroup on Western Sahara.
- Members of the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights European Parliament.
- Supporters MEP Heart Group.
- MEP named EU woman of year European Voice, 7 May 2002.
- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard (5 September 2002), Labour MEPs pick Left-winger as fifth leader in five years The Daily Telegraph.
- Véronique Vallières (24 November 2004), EPP-ED denies Christmas gifts cash blunder European Voice.
- A less green Parliament? European Voice, 4 February 2009.
- Jennifer Rankin (26 November 2008), MEPs flock to Poznań meeting European Voice.
- The EP's official delegation to the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change European Parliament.
- Policy Advisory Board Reconsidering European Contributions to Global Justice (GLOBUS).
- Paul Blomfield: About Paul Archived 12 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine
- Yorkshire & Humber Labour European election 2009 candidates website www.labour4yorkshire.eu.