First elected to the European Parliament in 1999, Claude was the first Asian origin MEP. He was reelected in 2009 where he led the London list. He is currently Spokesperson for the Socialists and Democrats Group in the European Parliament for Home Affairs and Justice.
Claude was previously Director of JCWI, the national migration and refugee charity and Chief Executive of the Immigrants' Aid Trust.
Before that, he was a national officer at the TUC, a representative to the European TUC in Brussels, House of Commons adviser to MPs John Reid and Paul Boateng and a CRE Commissioner.
With a legal background, Claude has campaigned, written widely and provided regular media commentary on human rights and migration issues including co-authoring the 'Politics of Migration' (Blackwells, 2003), and organising legal test cases in UK and the European Courts.
Claude Moraes was named Dods and the Parliament Magazine’s 'MEP of the Year' for his work on Justice and Civil Liberties in 2011.