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.
07.07.2014: Richard Howitt MEP comment on investment in East of England economy
Commenting on the government's Local Growth Fund announcement of funds for Local Enterprise Partnerships, Labour's East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt said:
"This week Labour has announced bold plans to decentralise powers and budgets to give local areas the tools they need to power local jobs and growth. Our Growth Review recommended devolving £30bn of spending to local areas.
"I welcome the money for the region's local enterprise partnerships but the government's announcement today falls short by FIFTEEN times of Labour's plans, with only a small fraction of the £30bn being devolved, no decentralization of powers over skills, infrastructure and employment and no proposals for City Regions to benefit from increased business rates revenue
"The Government says EU funds will be spent nationally, not in the region, so they are giving with one hand but taking with the other... Read more