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.
18.09.2014: East of England MEP calls for 'zero deaths' from workplace accidents
A call for 'zero deaths' from workplace accidents was supported today by East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt.
A recent workplace safety conference held in Europe of more than 4,000 experts representing 141 countries heard that work accidents and occupational disease claim 'more victims than war' but that awareness of the scale of the global problem of work fatalities remains low.
Workplace fatalities are one of the world's largest killers yet they do not feature in the World Health Organisation's top 10 causes of death despite figures that are higher than for HIV/Aids. An estimated 2.3 million workers across the world die every year from occupational accidents and diseases.
The latest UK Health and Safety Executive figures available for our region (2012/13) record 16 deaths in workplace accidents, mainly in the construction industry. There were a further 1,831 major injuries and 5,306 reports of injuries that required seven days or more off work for the East of England. These figures are slightly higher than the national average... read more