Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

05 MAY 2017

Statement on National Election Procedure for Sitting MEPs

I have have been asked what happens to my MEP role if I am elected to Westminster this June.

In 2002 a decision was taken by the national governments of the EU countries that said being an MEP and a member of a national parliament is incompatible. Therefore one person cannot hold both the position of MEP and MP at the same time.

Therefore if I am elected as MP, I will automatically cease to be an MEP. There will not be a by-election for the MEP role as, due to the proportional representation electoral process, it will pass on to one of my East of England Conservative colleagues from the last European elections.

We are about to commence complex negotiations with the EU on our exit. Having represented the East of England for the past eight years I can see how important the outcome of these negotiations will be for the jobs and security of local people.

It is important to have people with frontline experience of European negotiations in the Westminster Parliament. If elected I will bring unique, current and experience of European negotiations back to Westminster in order to support Theresa May and the strong and stable team she leads.

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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.