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.
20.08.2014: Cambs MEP speaks to 'Discovering March' magazine
"Labours' Richard Howitt has been an MEP for over 20 years and is the senior serving Euro MP in our region, taking time out from his busy schedule he spoke to Discovering March.
Q. Why did you want to become an MEP?
I worked in a local disability charity and got involved in organising European exchanges for disabled people. I could see the change it made to their lives and it instilled in me real hope and optimism about Britain being part of the European Union.
I'd also become a local councillor as a proud member of the Labour Party and could easily have chosen domestic politics. However I didn't see Europe as an alternative or a threat to national politics, but an opportunity to make things happen in the common interest of Britain and other EU countries....
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