Serving my constituents and mandate.
Following the EU Referendum vote, Britain is embarking on a negotiation about our future relationship with the European Union, but in the meantime we remain a full contributor to the EU budget and EU law continues to fully apply in our country.
Therefore, the scrutiny role of Members of the European Parliament, our responsibility to represent our constituents and our country, continues until and unless the new relationship is agreed.
I do not agree with the outcome of the referendum but I do respect the result, and it is now the responsibility of myself and my colleagues to engage in the negotiation, towards the best outcome for Britain and for the European Union. We will also work hard to hold the Leave campaigners and the Conservative Government to account for their European actions.
I also have important parliamentary responsibilities, which I have a duty to fulfil to the very best of my ability, in the mutual interest of of all in the European Parliament.
All of this means that there is work to be done and I and my fellow Labour Euro MPs who were elected to serve for a mandate of five years, continue to do it.
My pledge to my constituents, to the Labour Party and to all colleagues in Europe, is that I will continue to fulfil my duties conscientiously and constructively, for as long as I have the privilege of serving as your Member of the European Parliament.
Richard Howitt MEP
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.
21.08.2016 Richard Howitt MEP celebrates East of England Olympic Glory
Host nation Brazil, Spain and Canada all have something in common, says Euro MP Richard Howitt.
They were all bested by the East of England in the final tally of the 2016 Summer Olympics medal table........................Read more