David Martin MEP

Labour Member of the European Parliament and one of the six MEPs representing Scotland in Brussels and Strasbourg

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In this article, which first appeared in the New Statesman 1 September 2016, David Martin fears the Tories’ ideological commitments will cloud the UK’s weaknesses in negotiating new trade deals and calls on Labour to set out its vision for a progressive trade policy.

The Tory record on trade deals shows Brexit Britain has much to lose

In this article, which first appeared in the New Statesman 1 September 2016, David Martin fears the Tories’ ideological commitments will cloud the UK’s weaknesses in negotiating new trade deals... Read more

Labour MEP David Martin has welcomed the news that the Uruguay government has won the court case launched by Philip Morris. The tobacco company had sued Uruguay following the government’s decision to place large graphic health warnings on cigarette packets in 2009.

UK Labour MEP David Martin welcomes Philip Morris ISDS judgement in favour of Uruguay

Labour MEP David Martin has welcomed the news that the Uruguay government has won the court case launched by Philip Morris. The tobacco company had sued Uruguay following the government’s... Read more

Scottish Labour MEPs David Martin and Catherine Stihler are engaging with their Dutch and Slovakian colleagues as part of a joint bid to save the Scottish plant as well as one in the Netherlands.

Scotland’s Labour MEPs join efforts to save over 200 jobs at Falkirk factory

Scottish Labour MEPs David Martin and Catherine Stihler are engaging with their Dutch and Slovakian colleagues as part of a joint bid to save the Scottish plant as well as... Read more

Lab-experiment-mice.jpgAnimal welfare is one of those issues which refuses to be confined to within the borders of one nation state. By that I mean that if you care about animals, as I do, it really doesn’t matter whether they live in the UK or in the Ukraine, in Scotland or in Nova Scotia.

Animal Welfare and the EU

Animal welfare is one of those issues which refuses to be confined to within the borders of one nation state. By that I mean that if you care about animals,... Read more

positive-case_1.jpgYesterday (25 May) I was honoured to welcome my friend and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the European Parliament to speak alongside European Parliament President Martin Schulz. 

The positive case for Britain in the EU

Yesterday (25 May) I was honoured to welcome my friend and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown to the European Parliament to speak alongside European Parliament President Martin Schulz.  Read more

David Martin MEP is calling on the European Commission and EU ministers to block full Market Economy Status (MES) for China unless it stops dumping cheap steel on to the market.

Scottish MEP supports action to stop China dumping cheap steel on EU market

David Martin MEP is calling on the European Commission and EU ministers to block full Market Economy Status (MES) for China unless it stops dumping cheap steel on to the... Read more

The troubling news from Port Talbot and other key steelmaking communities across Britain can hardly be described as a wake-up call. British production of steel has been steadily declining over the last decades and in 2015 over 5,000 jobs were lost in this sector, including 250 in Motherwell and Cambuslang. However, Tata Steel's decision to sell off its British operations could well be the final nail in the coffin for this once proud industry.

We are paying a heavy price for a cosy relationship with the Chinese

The troubling news from Port Talbot and other key steelmaking communities across Britain can hardly be described as a wake-up call. British production of steel has been steadily declining over... Read more

Following Tata Steel's announcement that it will sell its UK steel business, David Martin, Scottish MEP and spokesperson for trade for the Social and Democratic (S&D) Group in the European Parliament demanded stronger measures to protect European industry from unfair competition.

David Martin MEP urges swift EU action to defend jobs in British steel industry

Following Tata Steel's announcement that it will sell its UK steel business, David Martin, Scottish MEP and spokesperson for trade for the Social and Democratic (S&D) Group in the European... Read more

David_and_Jude.jpgThe Independent's recent article on TTIP ("TTIP: Big Business and US to have major say in EU trade deals, leaks reveals", 18 March 2016) raises important concerns about TTIP which we, as the Labour MEPs responsible for trade policy, are keen to address.

Letter to The Independent: Addressing TTIP concerns

The Independent's recent article on TTIP ("TTIP: Big Business and US to have major say in EU trade deals, leaks reveals", 18 March 2016) raises important concerns about TTIP which... Read more

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Although sometimes forgotten in the list of great British Prime Ministers, Harold Wilson deserves a place at the top table for his Labour governments' achievements in education, technological advancement and in the fight for equality. A multiple general election winner and – significantly for today's debate – triumphant in an in/out referendum on the EU, his two periods in office (1964-1970) and (1974-1976) merit a more positive reassessment.

On what would be Harold Wilson's 100th birthday, some reflections on a successful Labour leader

Although sometimes forgotten in the list of great British Prime Ministers, Harold Wilson deserves a place at the top table for his Labour governments' achievements in education, technological advancement and... Read more

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