Linda has been chair of the European Parliament's Committee on Development since July 2014. She had previously served as a substitute member of this committee for 10 years and has been active on a range of issues, including fair trade, women's rights and girls' education in developing countries, and climate justice. She is a member of the ACP-EU Joint Parliamentary Assembly and previously served as its vice-president for two and a half years.
Her other previous roles in the European Parliament have included vice-president of the Socialists and Democrats Group with responsibility for climate change and environment issues, coordinator on the Environment and Public Health committee and rapporteur on key legislative proposals including the tobacco products directive and pharmaceutical legislation.
Linda was first elected as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) in 1998. She was re-elected in 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 as head of Labour's regional list for Yorkshire and the Humber.