Emma McClarkin

Member of the European Parliament - East Midlands

I was born and brought up in Stroud, Gloucestershire and was educated at my local grammar school, Stroud Girls High School. I graduated from Bournemouth University with a degree in Law and went on to work as a legal Clerk in a law firm.

Having been an activist for the Party from a young age, I have always been passionate about politics. After working in the Law I decided it was time to become more involved, and I have been working for the Party in the East Midlands Region for the last five years both as Press Officer to the Conservative party’s East Midlands MEPs and as Political Advisor to Roger Helmer MEP in the European Parliament in Brussels.

I currently work for the Rugby Football Union as their Government Relations Executive. I am also a director within our family business Executive Energy.

My Political Experience

Through my work I have gained experience by working with the media and supporting shadow cabinet visits and briefings. I have also been involved in election strategy and have campaigned extensively in Local, General and European elections. More importantly I have gained first hand experience of the legislative process while working at the European Parliament in Brussels. I am also a member of the Foreign Affairs Forum for the Party and contribute to the Party’s policy development in this area.

Other Outside Interests

Outside of my work I am active within Women2Win and CWO and also a member of the British Wildlife Trust. I have helped raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer with my family in memory of my mother who died of the disease. I recently completed the High Peak Hike with Andrew Bingham MP to raise awareness for Breakthrough and local charities.

My interests include walking, the countryside and photography. I am also a keen rugby follower and captained the Parliament’s Touch Rugby team! I also enjoy kayaking when I can, but politics is my passion and most of the time I am keeping up to date with current affairs or supporting Party events!

See Also

Rupert Matthews

Rupert Matthews stood for the European Parliament twice and was placed third Conservative candidate each time and was not elected.