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.
30.09.2014: Drop 'Negotiations' from EU enlargement title - Hahn told at MEP hearing
A proposal has been made to remove the word 'negotiations' from the European Commissioner's title, at the European Parliament hearing for Johannes Hahn in Brussels today (Tuesday 30 September).
The Socialist and Democrat Group proposed that confirmation of the Austrian nominee be made conditional on the retitling to 'European Commissioner for Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement'.
The proposal was made in lead questioning by Socialist and Democrat Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Richard Howitt MEP, who also warned of the dangers inherent if there is a 'slowdown' in EU Enlargement... read more