Richard Howitt (politician)

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Richard Howitt
MEP
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Member of the European Parliament
for the East of England
Incumbent
Assumed office
10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Member of the European Parliament
for Essex South
In office
9 June 1994 – 10 June 1999
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1961-04-05) 5 April 1961 (age 53)
Reading, Berkshire
Political party PES / Labour
Alma mater University of Oxford

Richard Howitt (born 5 April 1961 in Reading, Berkshire) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party for the East of England. He has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994.

Background[edit]

Howitt was brought up in a single parent family, in a council house and went to a comprehensive school.[1] He graduated with a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1982 and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Hertfordshire.[2]

After leaving university, he worked for four years in the voluntary sector and eight years for a disability organisation.

Political activity[edit]

Howitt served as a councillor on Harlow District Council from 1983 to 1995, including three years as Leader of the council.[2] He was the Labour Party candidate in Billericay in the 1987 general election.[2]

He was elected to the European Parliament, representing the Essex South constituency, and has served for the East of England constituency since 1999.

Richard Howitt has been a member of the Labour Party's National Policy Forum since 1994.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "biography". Richard Howitt. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Richard Howitt". European Parliament. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 

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