David is the UK’s longest serving MEP. He was was educated at Liberton High School and Heriot-Watt University where he was awarded a BA (Hons) in Economics and has an MA in European Management and Employment Law from the University of Leicester. He has been a guest lecturer on the course 'Europe After The Cold War: The Politics of the European Union' at the University of Glasgow.
David has been an MEP since 1984, during which he was vice chair of the Socialist Group (1987-88); vice president of the European Parliament (1989-2004); EPLP leader (1987-88); and latterly senior EP vice president with special responsibility for relations with national parliaments and parliaments of constitutional regional assemblies like the Scottish Parliament. He is a member of the European Parliament Committee on International Trade, a member of the Committee on Human Rights, a member on the Constitutional Affairs Committee, and a delegate to the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly.
David has authored over 30 reports including the parliamentary reports on the Maastricht and Amsterdam Treaties.
David is a former Lothian regional councillor, stockbroker’s assistant and animal rights campaigner. He is a member of the UNITE and GMB trades unions, and the Co-op Party. His leisure interests are sport and reading.
Committee on International Trade
Subcommittee on Human Rights
Committee on Foreign Affairs (Substitute)
Accountant's letter of certification regarding expenses and allowances
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