"I live in the heart of the East of England. I am a former banker and businesswoman. I want to get the best possible deal in Europe for the people and businesses of Eastern England." - Vicky Ford
Vicky Ford is Chairman of the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee, one of the most powerful economic committees of the Parliament. She was elected a Member of the European Parliament in 2009 and is the leading Conservative MEP for the East of England. She is a member of the Bureau of the European Conservative and Reformist Group and a member of the Parliament's delegation for relations with China.
Vicky is a longstanding campaigner for the need for reform in Europe focussing on the need to boost economic growth by reducing bureaucracy and increasing competitiveness. She is the lead negotiator for the ECR Group on the inter-group political discussions to set the priorities for the European Commission's annual work programme. In addition to these roles, Vicky is also leading the Parliament's scrutiny of the proosals to update Europe's firearms legislation in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.
From 2009-2014 Vicky was a member of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee. She led the negotiations on budgetary frameworks, securing the exemption for the UK from EU fiscal rules. She was a lead negotiator on reforms to the regulation of international banking and on Europe's €80 billion Horizon fund for science and research. Before becoming an MEP, she was elected to Local Government in Cambridgeshire.
Prior to becoming involved in politics, Vicky was a managing director of a major international bank. She has been involved in raising money for infrastructure, including roads, railways, telecommunications and electricity networks across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Vicky was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. She read Maths and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge where she met her husband, who is a cancer consultant at Addenbrookes Hospital. They have three children. Vicky's hobbies include fly fishing, gardening and riding. She plays the piano and clarinet as well as singing in a local choir.