Glyn Ford was a Member of the European
Parliament for over 25 years leaving the EP in June 2009. Before
entering the European Parliament Glyn was a Senior Research Fellow in
Manchester University’s Department of Science and Technology Policy and
was at various times a Visiting Fellow/ Professor at Sussex University,
the University of Tokyo and the East-West Centre in Hawaii. At the
European Parliament he served on both the International Trade and
Foreign Affairs Committees, particularly on dossiers related to Asia,
giving him unrivalled knowledge and networks in Brussels and Strasbourg.
During his time as an MEP, Glyn was rapporteur for the Free-Trade
Agreement with ASEAN, for implementing the Scientific Partnership
Agreement with the Republic of Korea, and he was ‘shadow’ on the
EU-Japan and EU-China trade agreements.
Glyn was also a member of the delegation with the Japanese Diet from
1984 to 2009, and the Korean Peninsula from its creation in 2004 to
2009. Glyn was leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and
Deputy Leader of the Socialist Group and served at various times on the
Research, Technology and Energy, Justice and Home Affairs, Petitions and
Rules Committees along with the Sub-Committee on Security and Defence.
He was the Socialist Co-ordinator on both the Rules and Petitions
After leaving the Parliament, Glyn Ford founded POLINT, focusing on
European Internal Politics, International Relations and International
Trade. In a personal capacity Glyn is a Board Member of European
Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) and the North East Asian Economic
Glyn is also a book writer and has written several books, the most recent book is called, Talking to North Korea.