The key legislator behind the new Tobacco Products Directive in the European Union is Linda McAvan, MEP (Member of the European Parliament) for the region of Yorkshire and the Humber in the United Kingdom. She belongs to the Labour Party and is a member of the “Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats” in the Parliament. Yorkshire and the Humber (River) is a region in the north central and northeast part of England, whose major cities include Sheffield, Leeds, and the historic city of York.
McAvan has been serving in the European Parliament since 1998, and before that she worked in local government. Her husband is also a Labour Party politician, and represents Sheffield in the British Parliament. Before her election, she worked in local government and community organization. In the EU Parliament, she sits the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety , and the committee for relations with China.