Malcolm Harbour CBE served 15 years as MEP for the West Midlands, including 5 years as Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee. He did not seek re-election in 2014. He led many legislative projects on the services market, manufacturing industry, the digital economy, public procurement and consumer protection. For 12 years he served as Vice President of STOA, the Parliament's science and technology policy unit. He has closely followed the evolution of EU Research and innovation policy. He was an active member of the Delegation to the Japanese Parliament and the Transatlantic Policy Network.
Before EU politics, Malcolm spent 32 years in the motor industry, as an engineer, a senior commercial executive, a consultant and a researcher. After graduating from Trinity College Cambridge, he began his motor industry career in the BMC Longbridge Plant as a Student Engineer in 1967. He now promotes innovation and stronger EU engagement in his home region, as a Birmingham Science City Advisory Board member, and working with the region's universities. He contributes to European and UK policy forums on the EU Single Market, the digital economy and improved rule making.
Malcolm was appointed a CBE for services to the UK economy in the 2013 New Year Honour's List. He received an Honorary DSc from Aston University in 2008. In 2006, he was named as a top 50 European for his key role in broking agreement on the Services Directive, and voted the UK’s most Small Business Friendly UK Parliamentarian. In 2010 and 2014 he was voted Internal Market MEP of the Year by his fellow MEPs. In November 2012, in a ranking produced by Euractiv, he was named the third most influential Briton in EU policy.
He has been married to Penny for over 45 years, and they have 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. They live in Henley in Arden.