|Member of Basque Parliament|
|Member of European Parliament|
|Leader of UPyD|
26 September 2007
|Member of the Congress of Deputies|
1 April 2008
27 May 1952 |
Güeñes, Basque Country, Spain
|Political party||UPyD (2007-nowadays)|
|Spouse(s)||José Ignacio Fernández de Ochoa|
She was a former Member of the European Parliament for the PSOE ("Partido Socialista Obrero Español" or Spanish Socialist Workers' Party), integrated in the Party of European Socialists. In 2007 she gave up her seat and left the PSOE due to strong disagreement on what she perceived to be the Socialists' drift on individual liberties, ETA, and more. Subsequently she founded a new political party, UPyD ("Unión, Progreso y Democracia" or Union, Progress and Democracy), based on an existing movement of Basque citizens against ETA violence. In 2008 and 2011, she was elected to the Congress of Deputies (Spain) representing Madrid district. In the last Spanish General Elections of 2011, she was re-elected, and her party was the fourth most voted party in Spain.
Díez personally advocates for lower public wages. Subsequently and although she is the UPyD spokesperson in five committees, she only earns for one of them.