Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

09 JUN 2017

Statement from Vicky Ford on being elected as Member of Parliament for Chelmsford

I am deeply honoured to have been elected as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford. It is a brilliant city. I am continually impressed by the many local people I meet who are utterly committed to helping the community here in so many different ways. I would like to thank the people of Chelmsford for putting their trust in me. I promise I will do my best to honour that trust.

On Monday I will be travelling to Westminster to start the formal process of becoming a Member of Parliament. At that time I will stand down as a Member of the European Parliament, since under British and European law it is not compatible to hold both mandates at the same time.

It has been an enormous privilege to represent the East of England in the European Parliament for nearly 8 years and to work with so many great people and wonderful organisations across East Anglia, the UK and Europe.

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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care and improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.