David Martin New President of EMiS

David Martin became President of EMiS in January 2024. He was the UK’s longest serving Member of the European Parliament, representing Scotland from 1984 to 2019. He was the youngest ever leader of the Labour group of MEPs. 

David is a former Scottish European Parliamentarian of the Year and a former European Parliament Trade MEP of the Year. During his time as an MEP, he focused on Trade and Development, Human Rights, Constitutional Affairs and Democracy. He authored over one hundred Reports for the Parliament. He served for 15 years as Vice-President of the Parliament and was a leading reformer of its working methods.  

David was a Member of the First Minister of Scotland’s Standing Council on Europe.  He was a visiting Professor at the University of Glasgow (2019-2022) and Senior Fellow at RSIS in Singapore, one of Asia’s leading centres of International Studies.   

David Martin was educated at Heriot Watt University and the University of Leicester. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Law from the University of the Punjab, in recognition of his work to strengthen relations between the EU and Pakistan.