Member of the European Parliament; member of the Committee on International Trade
Emma McClarkin was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and was re-elected in 2014. Previously, Ms McClarkin worked for the Rugby Football Union as their government relations executive.
In the European Parliament, Ms McClarkin is the Conservative Group Coordinator and Spokesperson on the Committee on International Trade, leading the Group on trade matters. She is at the forefront of opening up trade deals and modernising existing ones, promoting free trade and preventing the European Commission from pursuing protectionist trade policies, particularly in the realm of public procurement.
Ms McClarkin also sits on the Culture and Education Committee, working on audio-visual issues, copyright, and good governance in sport.
On the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, she has taken on files ranging from Defence Procurement to the Digital Single Market.
In parallel with Committee work, Ms McClarkin is a member of the EP-US delegation, the European Parliament’s main forum for relations with the United States, and Chair of the Commonwealth Forum, a Brussels-based association that promotes relations between the European institutions and the Commonwealth countries.
Ms McClarkin leads campaigns against illegal wildlife trade and the exploitation of children online. Additionally, she continues her work on raising awareness of breast cancer in the European Parliament. She is very passionate about these three topics.