David Martin is Scotland's most senior European Member of Parliament (MEP).
He has been a Member of the European Parliament since 1984 and represents Scotland. He is the UK's longest-serving MEP. He was Vice President (1989 - 2004) and latterly Senior Vice-President of the European Parliament with special responsibility for relations with national parliaments and parliaments of constitutional regional Assemblies. He was Leader of the British Labour delegation from 1987-88.
He is the Socialist and Democrat Group coordinator for the European Parliament International Trade committee. He is also a full member of the Human Rights subcommittee and a substitute member of the Foreign Affairs committee. He is a full member of both the ASEAN Delegation and the Cariforum Delegation, the latter of which monitors the implementation of the Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement and which he Chaired in the last parliament. He is a substitute member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and Vice-President of the Animal Welfare Intergroup.
His areas of interest include development and aid for trade, global access to medicine, human rights, institutional reform and animal welfare.
He has authored European Parliament reports including the EC - Korea Free Trade Agreement, the EC - Cariforum Economic Partnership Agreement and on the Maastricht Treaty of the European Union. Most recently he has been lead legislator on the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), on the ratification of the Arms Trade Treaty and on the reform of the European Parliament Committees of Inquiry.
He is currently European Parliament rapporteur on the EU Free Trade Agreement with Singapore and on the proposed Investment Agreement with Myanmar.
David Martin holds a BA (Hons) in Economics and an MA in European Management and Employment Law. In 2013 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Punjab for services to EU-Pakistan relations. Prior to being elected to the European Parliament he served as a Regional Councillor for the Scottish region of Midlothian and as a charity campaigner.