Vicky Ford has been a Member of the European Parliament since 2009, where she is working hard to put an end to the wasteful spending of public money, to remove unnecessary legislation and to keep the UK insulated from the repercussions of the Eurozone crisis.
Vicky is the UK Conservative spokesman for Industry and Research, and also has seats on the Environment and the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committees, collectively three of the most intensive legislative committees in the European Parliament. Since being elected in 2009, she has tabled many thousands of amendments to European legislation on behalf of British businesses and British interests. Many of these have been to delete unnecessary law.
For our offshore oil industry, Vicky has fought back proposals on an EU super regulator in the North Sea. For mortgage holders and tenants, she has succeeded in preventing the closure of the UK buy-to-let market. As Parliaments rapporteur on national budgets, she secured a specific exemption for the UK from rules which would have given Brussels control of our national spending levels.
Before entering politics, Vicky spent 14 years in Finance, specialising in infrastructure and project financing, which puts her in a position of strength as she negotiates tougher rules for banks, and fights for transparency on public accounts.
Vicky is committed to bringing back funds from Brussels in her role as Conservative Research and Industry spokesman. £300 million has been returned to the East of England via grants to scientists, engineers, universities and companies under current EU research projects.
Vicky studied maths and economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she met her husband Hugo, who is a cancer consultant at Addenbrookes, West Suffolk and Papworth Hospitals, and they have three children. Vicky's hobbies include fly fishing, gardening and riding, and she plays the piano and clarinet as well as singing in a local choir.