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Geoffrey Van Orden

Vice-Chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) Group, ECR Group Coordinator and Conservative Spokesman on Security and Defence

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Van Orden Geoffrey

First elected as MEP in 1999, Geoffrey leads the Conservative MEP team in the East of England. He has consistently opposed European political integration, in particular EU meddling in defence, the "EU Constitution", British adoption of the Euro and unnecessary regulation. 

"I go to Brussels to speak up for British interests and for the people of the East of England. I didn't become an MEP to promote the EU.  I want us to govern our own country", says Geoffrey. "At the same time, I want to help local businesses and citizens get the best out of the single market and to ensure that so-called 'EU funds' coming to the East of England are more accessible and better spent".

He is Conservative Spokesman on Security and Defence and former Vice-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the European Parliament.

He is a former British Army Brigadier with wide international and operational experience, particularly in the field of counter-terrorism. His last military appointment was at NATO Headquarters. He continues to take a strong interest in the British Armed Forces, has visited our troops on active service in Afghanistan and Iraq, and leads the opposition to the EU's misplaced military ambitions. He has mobilised the EU against the Mugabe tyranny in Zimbabwe and the military junta in Burma and has been heavily involved for many years in the campaign to eradicate anti-personnel landmines and assist their victims. Among many local issues in which he has been engaged, he has been vigorous in his support for improved coastal defences, particularly in the Blyth estuary. He has campaigned successfully for improvements to our rail and road system and for more research into crop improvement and into diseases affecting bee colonies.

Geoffrey is a member of the Countryside Alliance, Friends of the Union, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a founder member of Friends of India, Chairman of the Friends of Sri Lanka, and Patron of Fair Trials Abroad. He is married with three daughters.