Emma McClarkin was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament representing the UK in 2009. In 2014 she was re-elected as one of two Conservative MEPs for the East Midlands.
Having been an activist for the Party from a young age, Emma has always been passionate about politics. After working in Law, Emma decided to become more involved in Politics, and has been working for the Conservative Party in the East Midlands Region in various roles for about 10 years. Directly before being elected in 2009, Emma worked for the Rugby Football Union as their Government Relations Executive.
Emma is one of five elected MEPs for the East Midlands region. She is the ECR Coordinator on INTA (Committee on International Trade), a substitute member on IMCO (Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection) a substitute member on CULT (Committee on Culture and Education), a Member of the delegation to the US, and Co-Treasurer of the ECR (European Conservatives and Reformists) Group. She is also Chair of the Commonwealth Forum.
Having joined the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee in early 2012, Emma was appointed as the ECR Group Coordinator for the committee in 2014, meaning that she is the lead MEP in the Group on Trade matters. This includes the EU-US trade deal (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) which is currently being negotiated, as well as the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) and legislation on conflict minerals. Emma is at the forefront of opening up other trade deals or modernising some of those already in place, such as the trade pillar of the Global Agreement with Mexico. She is also the ECR lead MEP on trade issues with China and is following developments in trade relations between the EU and Australia. In the last mandate she worked hard to promote free trade and to prevent the European Commission from pursuing protectionist trade policies, particularly in the realm of public procurement.
Emma continues her role on the Culture and Education committee as a substitute member having taken a prominent role in it for the ECR Group during the previous mandate. Emma is particularly interested in grassroots sports and audio-visual issues, as well as having worked on the new Horizons 2020 research programme and Erasmus For All. Most recently Emma has been looking at Copyright Reform and its repercussions for the creative industry. Emma also takes a keen and strong interest in the formation of the Digital Single Market, ensuring IPR and Copyright principles are not adversely affected whilst also ensuring our cultural and creative sectors are given the tools to thrive and innovate. In addition, Emma continues her work regarding good governance in Sport.
Emma also maintains her substitute card on the Internal Market Committee. In this legislature Emma follows the majority of trade-lead files; TiSA, TTIP and the Trade strategy which compliments her role in the INTA committee. During this mandate Emma has taken on the role of Public Procurement suiveur, following implementation reports and files that look at issues ranging from Defence Procurement to the International Procurement Instrument. Emma’s interest in the Digital Single Market has also lead to her taking the lead on Portability for the ECR in IMCO. In the 7th Legislature Emma was the rapporteur for a report on the implementation of the Professional Qualifications Directive. Most recently, Emma was Rapporteur on the IMCO opinion for AVMS which was passed in December 2016 with a large majority. This year, she will be focusing on the Telecoms review and the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications.
Emma was appointed as a full Member of the EP-US delegation in 2016 which is the EP’s main forum for relations with the United States.
In her role as treasurer to the ECR group Emma has ensured the financial diligence and accountability of the group’s funds. She was re-elected in 2016.
In 2016 Emma formed the Commonwealth Forum and sits as its Chair. This is a Brussels-based association and a branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society, which serves as the main forum for the EP relations with the Commonwealth nations. As Chair of this initiative, Emma works hard to promote the Commonwealth’s rich heritage and to develop and strengthen business and trade relationships.
Emma has taken a strong interest in animal welfare issues over the years that she has been in Parliament. She committed to signing the MEPs for Wildlife Pledge to support the EUs Wildlife Action Plan and regularly attends the group’s meetings. She is passionate about using her role on the international trade committee to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife and is now the rapporteur on an own initiative report on trade policy and the sustainability of wildlife.
She has also campaigned on raising awareness of the growing use of the internet and new technology to commit crime, including the exploitation of children online. She works very closely with the Internet Watch Foundation in this regard. She has held a number of successful awareness-raising events, including an event with Maria Miller MP, at that time Secretary of State for Culture, at Conservative Party Conference 2013. In 2017, Emma will start work on the Culture and Education opinion to the report looking at combating the sexual abuse and sexual exploitation of children and child pornography.
Emma’s passion for sport has resulted in her becoming a key member of the push for reform of FIFA. In 2015, Emma hosted a conference in the European Parliament, bringing together various stakeholders and individuals who share her enthusiasm to see new leadership and direction in FIFA’s administration. In 2016, just weeks before the FIFA Presidential election, she organised a debate in the European Parliament which included the participation of candidate Jerome Champagne. Emma continues to monitor the progress of the reform agenda in FIFA following the election of Gianni Infantino. Her work on this campaign and her work with grassroots sports led her to be awarded MEP of the Year for Sport and Physical Activity at 2016 MEP Awards.
Outside of the Parliament, Emma enjoys walking in the countryside and is a keen photographer. She also enjoys watching rugby and likes to kayak when she can.