Emma McClarkin

Emma McClarkin (born 9 October 1978), is a British Conservative Party politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands region from 2009 to 2019.

Emma McClarkin
McClarkin in 2012
Member of the European Parliament
for East Midlands
In office
4 June 2009  1 July 2019
Preceded byChris Heaton-Harris
Personal details
Born (1978-10-09) 9 October 1978 (age 42)
Stroud, Gloucestershire, England
Political partyConservative
Alma materBournemouth University.

She was first elected in 2009, and re-elected in 2014.[citation needed] She was a spokesman for international trade for the Conservative Party.[1]

Early life and education

McClarkin was born in Stroud, Gloucestershire, and attedned Stroud Girls High School. She graduated from Bournemouth University with a Bachelor of Laws and worked as a law clerk.


McClarkin worked as a government relations executive for the Rugby Football Union.[2]

In May 2009, McClarkin was one of five candidates elected to the European Parliament from the East Midlands Region.[2] She was at that time the youngest elected member.[3] She was re-elected in 2014.[citation needed]

She has sat on a number of European Parliament Committees and delegations, including the Committee on International Trade, the Committee on Culture and Education and the Delegation for Relations with the United States.[4]

In September 2019 McClarkin was appointed as chief executive of the British Beer and Pub Association (BBPA).[5]


  1. Shehab Khan (23 November 2016). EU to vote on motion that could delay Canadian trade deal CETA 'for years'. The Independent. Accessed April 2017.
  2. [s.n.] (12 June 2009). Meet your new Euro-MPs. Hucknall Dispatch.
  3. Marie Williamson (19 August 2009). Emma tackles the issues. Sleaford Target. Accessed August 2009.
  4. Emma McClarkin: History of parliamentary service. European Parliament. Accessed April 2017.
  5. [s.n.] (30 September). Who is the new BBPA boss?. Morning Advertiser 30 September 2019.