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.
'Cat Crisis' threatens to overwhelm East Herts RSPCA
The large number of abandoned cats and kittens in Hertfordshire threatens to overwhelm the financial resources of the local RSPCA, Herts Euro MP Richard Howitt was told on a visit today (Friday 12 December 2014).
The Labour MEP visited the Hertfordshire East RSPCA Branch at their fundraising charity shop in Church Yard, Hitchin in his role as vice president of the animal welfare organisation..... read more