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.
17.10.2014 Credit Union Leads Fight Back Against Payday Lenders In Stevenage
Herts Euro MP Richard Howitt today (Friday 17 October 2014) urged borrowers in need of short-term credit to look at a local not-for-profit alternative to the "pernicious" payday lenders.
The Labour MEP visited Stevenage Credit Union to mark International Credit Union Day which uses the slogan 'Local Service Global Good'
This week Richard Howitt MEP set up a new all party group in the European Parliament to press the EU to bring in further measures to open up access to the use of debit cards, ATMs and other financial services for those with low or no regular income.... read more