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.
22.05.15: The question that Labour's leadership hopefuls must answer: how to win the European referendum.
Richard Howitt MEP has today (Friday 23 May) written an 'open memo' to the candidates for Labour's leadership and deputy leadership, calling on them to outline how they will help win the EU referendum.
"We have to show that whilst David Cameron is content to whistling for a European dog which he sees as running wild in British politics, we are walking ahead, have it under control, with the lead firmly in our hands," Richard writes for "The Staggers" blog on the New Statesman website................read more