"I live in the heart of the East of England. I am a former banker and businesswoman turned campaigner and local councillor. I want to get the best possible deal for the people and businesses of Eastern England." - Vicky Ford
Vicky Ford was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2009. She is the Chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
She was previously the Conservative Spokesman for Industry and Research on the Parliament's ITRE committee, which also includes work on energy and sat on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee where she was the Conservative Spokesman from 2009-2011.
Vicky has been the rapporteur for the Parliament on offshore oil and gas safety and the fiscal framework directive which seeks to increase transparency and accountability of public spending. In addition, she has worked as shadow rapporteur for the European Conservatives and Reformist Group (ECR) on energy efficiency legislation and all research funding matters, as well as bank capital requirements, deposit guarantee schemes and residential mortgages. She campaigns to reduce bureaucracy for business, to reduce the EU budget and to end the Strasbourg two seat circus.
Vicky is a passionate supporter of British Industry and stood as the Conservative candidate in Birmingham Northfield, the home of MG Rover, which collapsed during the 2005 general election. In 1997, she was a major contributor to the Conservative Party's review of UK taxation "the Tax Reform Commission".
Vicky was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. Her parents were both English doctors. As a child she joined her mother campaigning with the peace movement and her father stood in local elections in an area now dominated by Sinn Fein. She attended primary school in Northern Ireland, but following her father's death she went to secondary school in England. Vicky then went on to read Maths and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge, where she met her husband Hugo, who is a cancer consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital. They have three children Elizabeth, Edward and Anthony.
Before becoming an MEP Vicky was a local councillor, and an active campaigner on a wide range of issues. Prior to becoming involved in politics, Vicky was a managing director of a major international bank. Most of her 14-year career in banking from 1989 to 2003 was with JP Morgan. She has been involved in raising money for infrastructure, including roads, railways, telecommunications and electricity networks across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She worked with many of Europe's largest companies as well as advising national governments and central banks.
Vicky is widely known and liked for her energetic and lively approach to everything she gets involved in. Her hobbies include fly fishing, gardening and riding. She plays the piano and clarinet as well as singing in a local choir.