Richard Corbett

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Richard Corbett is a Labour party politician, and has served continuously as Member of the European Parliament for Yorkshire & the Humber since 1996, with a brief break between 2009-2014.
Corbett really doesn't like UKIP.

Member of the European Parliament

  • 2014-2019: MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber
  • 2004-2009: MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber
  • 1999-2004: MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber
  • 1996-1999: MEP for Merseyside West

Voting Record


Political Timeline

2018-2019Again rapporteur for an overhaul of Parliament's procedures.
Oct.2017Elected Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party, following the retirement of Glenis WillmottWikipedia-W.svg.ref
2016Again rapporteur for a new overhaul of Parliament's procedures.
Sept.2014Elected again as Deputy Leader of the Labour MEPs
May.2014MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber. Elected by fellow MEPs to the Labour Party's National Policy Forum.ref
Nov.2012Voted the 4th most influential Briton on EU policy, ahead of then Prime Minister David Cameron, by a panel of academics, think-tankers, retired diplomats and journalists.ref
Jan.2010‑Feb.2014Advisor to Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council - the ‘summits’ of Prime Ministers or Presidents of EU countries.
Aug‑Oct.2009In Ireland helping the "Yes" campaign behind the scenes in the 2nd Irish referendumWikipedia-W.svg on the Lisbon TreatyWikipedia-W.svg.
Jun.2009Corbett lost his seat to the British National Party in the wake of the Westminster expenses scandalWikipedia-W.svg.
1999-2004MEP for Yorkshire & the Humber
1996-1999MEP for Merseyside West
1992Ambassador of Goodwill of the US State of Arkansas, by then Governor Bill Clinton.
 Before being elected to the European Parliament, Corbett worked in the voluntary sector for youth organisations. He then became a civil servant. later becoming a political advisor, and then Deputy Secretary General of the European Parliament’s Socialist group.
Sources: About me, European Council (archived), Reports as rapporteur


  • Feb.14.2018: Alarming Conversation with a British diplomat – is this the line the govt’s peddling? We'll be free to offer bespoke trade deals. We can offer a bespoke deal when they graduate from LDC status to being a middle income country. Under EU rules, to keep access, they’ll have to follow all kinds of rules and red-tape. We can offer to scrap those, for eg. International Labour Organisation conventions that the EU insists on. We'd say it's up to them to choose which standards (child labour, safety, rights at work, etc.) they want to apply. We won't restrict their exports because of their choices. Richard Corbett,
  • Mar.14.2016: Benn's Five Questions. Tony Benn famously proposed 5 questions to be asked of anyone who holds power of one kind or another. Richard Corbett,