Welcome to the website of Linda McAvan, Labour MEP for Yorkshire and The Humber.
Linda McAvan was born and brought up in Eccleshill, Bradford and now lives in Sheffield with her husband Paul. She is one of six MEPs representing the region, and since the 2009 European election the sole Labour representative.
Linda was first elected as an MEP in a 1998 by-election to represent the Yorkshire South seat for Labour. Under the new proportional representation system she headed Labour’s regional list for Yorkshire and the Humber and was elected in 1999, 2004 and again in 2009. Linda represents her home region as the only Labour Member of Parliament for Yorkshire and the Humber.
As a Labour MEP, Linda sits in the Socialist and Democrat (S&D) Group in the European Parliament, the second largest political group. Linda is spokesperson for the S&D Group on the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She has a special interest in climate change and also works on EU laws on pharmaceuticals. Linda is co-chair of the MEP Heart Group and is very active on issues relating to neurological disorders. Back in the region, Linda has worked to ensure that Yorkshire and the Humber is leading the UK in tackling climate change with its ambitious plans for cleaning up coal fired power stations and heavy industry.