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.
24.11.2014 "Least Generous" Britain Cuts In Half Job Help To Disabled People - New European Study
Disabled people in Britain are getting a raw deal compared to their counterparts across Europe according to a new European Parliament report released today (Thursday 20 November).
Labour's Richard Howitt MEP told Parliament's Employment and Social Affairs Committee who commissioned the report that the findings demonstrated that cuts to the "Access to Work" scheme in Britain were counterproductive and that the Conservative-led Government had halved the number of disabled people benefitting from European-funded job help.
The cost-benefit study recommends increased funding for employment support to disabled people, better design of workplaces and more rigorous enforcement of legal protections.... read more