Vicky Ford MP stands down as MEP

Having won the Parliamentary seat for Chelmsford in yesterday's general election (with a majority of just under 14,000 votes), Vicky Ford MP has announced she is standing down as an MEP for Eastern England with effect from 12th June 2017.

She released the following statement:

"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."

NB  Under EU rules there is no requirement for an election to replace Vicky – John Flack, who was fourth on the Conservative list at the 2014 Euro election, automatically replaced her as one of seven MEPs representing the East of England.  He officially took over on 5th July 2017 – see this news story.

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Vicky Ford MP
MEP for the East of England until 12 June 2017

Phone
01245 352 872

E-mail
vicky.ford.mp@parliament.uk

Twitter
@vickyford

Website
www.vickyford.uk