It is an honour to serve as one of the ten elected Members of the European Parliament for the beautiful South East of England region.
I was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. Prior to this, I was as a Member of the British Parliament and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Scottish Office as a member of the Select Committees on the Parliamentary Ombudsman (1993-1997) and Education (1994-1996). My full, extended biography can be found here.
There's no doubt that we're faced with new challenges across Europe. It's my ambition to help the Conservatives establish an EU that looks outwards; to encourage expansion, and to deliver our manifesto commitments to ensure that we are in Europe, not run by Europe. To create a freer, less regulated Europe; a Europe more like Britain - open, accountable, entrepreneurial and tolerant - a new Europe that does less and does it better.
As the Spokesman for Overseas' Development and Co-operation and Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament's Development Committee, I work to ensure that EU funds are allocated to help the poorest people in the world. Each day, I fight against inefficiencies and delays and for fraud to be eliminated.