|Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
10 June 1999
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Member of Parliament
for Littleborough and Saddleworth
27 July 1995 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Geoffrey Dickens|
|Succeeded by||Position abolished|
7 July 1954 |
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
|Political party||Liberal Democrat|
|Residence||Greenfield, Greater Manchester|
|Alma mater||Gonville and Caius College|
Christopher Graham Davies (born 7 July 1954) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is a former Member of Parliament, and since 1999 he has been a Member of the European Parliament.
Davies was born in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire. His father was a doctor, and his mother a nurse. He was educated at Cheadle Hulme School (1965–72), at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1972–75, reading history) and from 1975 to 1977 at the University of Kent, Canterbury.
He became the MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth after a by-election in 1995, but the seat was abolished by the time of the 1997 General Election. Davies contested Oldham East and Saddleworth at this election but lost to Phil Woolas of Labour.
Due to controversy over the tone of a series of emails he exchanged with a pro-Israeli constituent, Davies was forced to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats group in the European Parliament. Davies now serves as the Liberal Democrat spokesman on the environment and public health in the European Parliament.
In 2008, Davies made some widely publicised comments on an unpublished report which, he claimed, contained evidence of "embezzlement and fraud" among EU parliament members.
At the autumn 2009 Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth, Davies made a speech in a debate about the MP expenses scandal, where he appeared to become very angry, exclaiming "I hate, I hate the dirty cheating bastards who have taken every opportunity to fill their private pockets with public money.. .. they should play no part in public life". He went on the implore his Liberal Democrat colleagues to "Publish everything, reveal all, hide nothing..".
In 2014 he caused controversy by defending his friend and colleague Lord Rennard and describing him as ‘no Jimmy Savile’.
In December 2009 Davies appeared on The Politics Show North West alongside Nick Griffin on a debate regarding climate change and the then forthcoming 2009 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, which both men were attending as part of the EU Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety.
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- "Chris Davies". libdemmeps.eu. 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-05
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Chris Davies
-  full text of the email exchange that led to Davies's resignation
- Chris Davies MEP official site
- Chris Davies profile at the European Parliament
- Chris Davies profile at the site of the Liberal Democrats
- Lib Dem quits in row over remarks
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Littleborough and Saddleworth