Member of the European Parliament, South East Region
"It is an honour to serve as one of the ten elected Members of the European Parliament for the beautiful South East of England region.
I was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and was re-elected in 2004 and 2009. Prior to this, I was as a Member of the British Parliament and served as Parliamentary Private Secretary in the Scottish Office as a member of the Select Committees on the Parliamentary Ombudsman (1993-1997) and Education (1994-1996).
There's no doubt that we're faced with new challenges across Europe. It's my ambition to help the Conservatives establish an EU that looks outwards; to encourage expansion, and to deliver our manifesto commitments to ensure that we are in Europe, not run by Europe. To create a freer, less regulated Europe; a Europe more like Britain - open, accountable, entrepreneurial and tolerant - a new Europe that does less and does it better.
As the Spokesman for Overseas' Development and Co-operation and Vice-Chairman of the European Parliament's Development Committee, I work to ensure that EU funds are allocated to help the poorest people in the world. Each day, I fight against inefficiencies and delays and for fraud to be eliminated."