Richard Ashworth, MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the South East of England. Richard was born in 1947 in Folkestone, Kent and he is married to Sally.  They have three daughters.

Before being elected to the European Parliament in June 2004 to represent the South East of England (he was also a candidate in 1999), Richard stood as the Conservative candidate for North Devon Westminster constituency in the 1997 General Election.

As well as having a long-term interest in politics, Richard's life has heavily revolved around cows.  He was a dairy farmer in East Sussex for over thirty years and during this time operated his own dairy business.  Carrying on this theme, Richard served as Chairman of United Milk Plc. 

A particular interest of Richard's is education and he was Chairman of Plumpton College in East Sussex for 15 years.  His commitment to bettering Education and in particular vocational learning plays an important role in Richard's parliamentary work.

Richard is currently a member of the European Parliament's Committee on Agriculture and is Conservative Spokesman in this area, while holding a secondary seat on the Budgets Committee.  Richard was elected as the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Delegation to the European Parliament in November 2009 to November 2010.

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Brussels Update

We are now less than 4 weeks from the referendum on June 23rd. This is a once in a generation vote; and it is irreversible. This is a decision for your children’s lifetime and your children’s future. There will be no second referendum, no second chance.

Richard Ashworth MEP: Brussels Update

We are now 3 weeks into referendum campaign but less than 1 week from the local elections on May 5th. Our local elections should not be overshadowed by Britain’s referendum on EU membership. Local democracy is a vital backbone of the UK and we should support these elections by turning out to vote next Thursday.

Richard Ashworth MEP Brussels Update

We now know the referendum date. June 23rd 2016 will be the day that British citizens decide Britain’s relationship with the European Union. The campaigns have begun and now it’s up to you to decide.