A hard-working, campaigning champion in Europe
Welcome to my website and thank-you for taking an interest in my work as your Labour Member of the European Parliament, working hard to make a difference for my East of England constituency and on key issues where I have political responsibility from fighting poverty and discrimination to promoting sustainable business to building democracy and human rights in the wider world.
Brought up in a single parent family on a council housing estate and the product of comprehensive education, it is a huge privilege to serve as your representative in Europe. As a former disability rights worker and eleven years a Harlow councillor, I will always try to put local people and local organisations first.
Now based in Cambridge with my partner Diana and our two children, my commitment is to faithfully represent all six counties of the East of England and I travel extensively around the region, always willing to meet individuals and organisations locally whenever possible.
I believe only Labour can protect the jobs and business which result from our membership of the European Union, forge constructive links with colleagues from different countries and parties to promote British interests, whilst securing key reforms on behalf of my constituents, our country and for a better Europe for all.
24.07.2014: New centre-left foreign affairs chief's "deep regret" at EU abstention in UN vote for human rights inquiry in Gaza conflict
Richard Howitt MEP, newly elected Foreign Affairs Spokesman for Europe's main bloc of centre-left socialist and democrat group in the European Parliament today (Thursday 24 July) expressed "deep regret" at the EU abstention in last night's UN vote for a human rights inquiry in to the Gaza conflict.
Commenting after all EU members voted to abstain in the resolution passed at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the British Labour MEP voiced his "deep regret that the European Union members abstained on the call for an inquiry".
Richard Howitt MEP said,
"I do not support a one sided text but I do deeply regret that led to the European Union member states abstaining on the call for an inquiry.
"If Israel is operating within international law under its right to self-defence, then frankly it should not have any fears about being open to an inquiry, and indeed as a member of the UN, it has a duty to do so.... Read more