Linda McAvan

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Linda McAvan

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Member of the European Parliament
for Yorkshire and the Humber
Yorkshire South (1998-1999)
Assumed office
7 May 1998
Preceded byNorman West
Personal details
Born (1962-12-02) 2 December 1962 (age 56)
Bradford, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Political partyLabour
Spouse(s)Paul Blomfield MP
Alma materHeriot-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[edit]

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.[1]

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[2] as well as on the European Parliament Intergroup on Children's Rights.[3] 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).[4]

Between 2002 and 2003, McAvan served as one of 16 representatives of the European Parliament in the Convention on the Future of Europe, led by former French President Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.

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.[5] Later that year, however, she lost out against Gary Titley in the contest to select a new leader of British Labour MEPs.[6]

Since 2004, McAvan has been serving as treasurer of the European Parliament's Socialist Group.[7] In June 2007 she was elected Vice President of the group.

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.[8] 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[9] and to the 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.[10]

Labour Party members elected McAvan to be the top-ranked Labour candidate [1] 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.

Other activities[edit]

Personal life[edit]

McAvan is married to Paul Blomfield, the Labour MP for Sheffield Central.[12] Her constituency office is in Wath-upon-Dearne.


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