Catherine was elected as the youngest British MEP in 1999 and is the only female MEP in Scotland. She has proved herself a strong and committed campaigner for Scotland and has always stood up for Labour in Europe.
She has continually campaigned for more money for economic development in Scotland. Catherine was born in Bellshill, and educated at Coltness High School, Wishaw, and St Andrews University, where she was awarded a MA (Hons) Geography and International Relations (1996), and a MLitt in International Security Studies (1998). In 2013 she gained an MBA from the Open University.
Catherine has special interests in consumer protection, economics, construction products and lung disease. She is a member of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, and is a substitute on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee.
Catherine is also a member of Community the Union, UNITE, the Co-operative Party, the Fabians, SERA, Labour Movement for Europe and the Christian Socialist Movement. She is co-chair of the Euro Parliament Prayer Breakfast.
In her role as an MEP for Scotland, Catherine has led the campaign for bolder anti-smoking messages on cigarette packs, alongside promoting Scotland’s anti-smoking legislation as a role-model for the rest of the EU. Catherine was instrumental in winning the fight for recognition of Sudden Death Syndrome by the World Health Organisation, helped to deliver Braille on pharmaceutical products and steered through new EU wide rules on safer construction products.
Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection
Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (Substitute)
Accountant's letter of certification regarding expenses and allowances
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