Meet your new Euro-MPs

HUCKNALL and Bulwell have elected five Euro-MPs to the European Parliament. They are:

DEREK CLARK (UK Independence Party)

A 75-year-old former teacher who was first elected to the European Parliament for the East Midlands in 2004 – his first political appointment. He has a teaching certificate in secondary education from the University of Bristol (1954) and later worked at schools in Bristol and Northamptonshire. He was a member of the committee that combined GSE and GCEs into our current GCSEs. His interests include foreign travel, gardening and rugby union. He launched the Northampton branch of the UK Independence Party in 1995 and became regional organiser in 1996 and party secretary in 2002.

ROGER HELMER (Conservative)

Aged 65, Mr Helmer was first elected as a Euro-MP in 1999. He went to school in Southampton but later secured a scholarship to read mathematics at the prestigious Churchill College at Cambridge. Mr Helmer ran businesses in east and south-east Asia for 12 years and is now an active member of the inter-Parliamentary delegation to ASEAN (the nations of south-east Asia) and Korea. He enjoys rural life and walking his greyhound dog. Mr Helmer lives with wife Sarah in Leicestershire and the couple have three children. They also have two horses and two cats.

EMMA MCCLARKIN (Conservative)

A 31-year-old who is a government relations executive for the Rugby Football Union. She went to Stroud Girls' High School in Gloucestershire and later graduated from Bournemouth University with a law degree. Miss McClarkin became an activist for the Conservatives at a young age and has been working for the party as a press officer and political adviser for their East Midlands Euro-MPs. She is also a member of the Conservatives' Foreign Affairs Forum. Her hobbies are walking, the countryside and photography. She follows rugby and captained the European Parliament's touch-rugby team. She also enjoys kayaking.

BILL NEWTON-DUNN (Liberal Democrats)

Aged 68, Mr Newton-Dunn is the most experienced of the East Midlands Euro-MPs, having won a seat as a Tory in the first-ever direct European elections in 1979. He defected to the Lib Dems in 2000. He boasts degrees from Marlborough College in Wiltshire, Caius College, Cambridge and a diploma from the University of Paris. After university he worked for British Oxygen and later Fisons Fertilisers. He has published several political pamphlets and four books, including 'Memories Of The First European Parliament'. Mr Newton-Dunn is married and has a son and a daughter.


A 58-year-old who is married to Ted and lives in Leicestershire. Mrs Willmott became a Euro-MP in 2006 after the death of Labour's Phillip Whitehead. She is a member of the environment, public health and food safety committees. Mrs Willmott is also part of a delegation working with countries of south-east Europe, including Albania and parts of the former Yugoslavia. Born in Horden, County Durham, she has a Higher National Certificate in medical science. In 1987 she became Parliamentary assistant to Mansfield Labour MP Alan Meale. She also worked for the GMB union and was previously a member of Notts County Council.