Martin Callanan

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Martin Callanan
Leader of the European Conservatives
and Reformists
Assumed office
11 December 2011
Preceded by Jan Zahradil
Leader of the Conservative Party
in the European Parliament
In office
23 November 2010 – 1 March 2012
Preceded by Timothy Kirkhope
Succeeded by Richard Ashworth
Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Personal details
Born (1961-08-08) 8 August 1961 (age 52)
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Profession Engineer

Martin Callanan (born 8 August 1961) is a British Conservative Party politician. He is Member of the European Parliament for North East England and Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group.1

Early life

Callanan was born on 8 August 1961 in Newcastle upon Tyne.2 In 1985,2 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Newcastle Polytechnic.3

Political career

Local Councillor

Callanan was a Conservative Councillor on Tyne and Wear County Council between 1983 and 1986 (when the council was abolished) and Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council between 1987 and 1996. He was the last Conservative to win an election in Gateshead. He worked as a project engineer at Scottish and Newcastle breweries from 1986 to 1998, when he was elected to the European Parliament.2

He unsuccessfully stood as a parliamentary candidate for Washington (in the 1987 election), Gateshead East (in the 1992 election), and Tynemouth (in the 1997 election).4

Member of European Parliament

He has been a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England constituency since 1999, and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009.5 In December 2011, he became the leader of the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the Parliament; as a leader of a parliamentary group, he has a seat in the political leadership of the European Parliament, the Conference of Presidents.6

He is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly. As of 2013, he was also member of the two European Parliament's committee on the environment, public health and food safety (ENVI).6 Callanan is a regular contributor to ConservativeHome, writing a monthly report.7

Personal life

Callanan vehemently opposed the erection of the "Angel of the North" sculpture by Antony Gormley.8


  1. ^ "Conservative MEPs elect new Chairman". Conservative Party. 24 November 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "Martin CALLANAN". MEP Biographies. European Parliament. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Profile at". 
  4. ^ "Martin Callanan MEP at". Retrieved 31 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "European Election 2009: North East". BBC News. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  6. ^ a b
  7. ^ "Martin Callanan MEP". Conservative Home. 
  8. ^ "Why the nation needs an Angel of the South", The Guardian, 29 January 2008

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