Chris Heaton-Harris is the Conservative Member of Parliament for Daventry. Chris was Conservative MEP for the East Midlands Region of the UK from June 1999 – June 2009. He held various positions in the European Parliament including that of Chief Whip of the British Conservatives from 2001-2004.
In the 2009 European Elections, he was named by the “Taxpayers’ Alliance” as being the MEP on mainland UK that was the most “hard-working, committed to transparency and accountability” - http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/campaign/2009/06/new-research-best-and-worst-meps-revealed.html
He made his name in the European Parliament trying to clean up the European Commission’s accounts and had many well-reported battles with then European Commissioner Neil Kinnock. He became an expert on the European Union Budget process and has written extensively on this subject and you can find an example of his work in this area here:
He started his national political career by standing in the 1997 General Election in Leicester South. He also stood there, unsuccessfully again, in the 2004 by-election caused by the untimely death of Jim Marshall MP.
Chris is an active and qualified football referee and has been officiating the game at different levels for nearly 30 years. He currently referees on the Northamptonshire Combination League most Saturday afternoons. He is also President of Earls Barton Football Club.
Before entering politics he joined and eventually ran his family’s business – a wholesale fruit and vegetable company based in New Covent Garden Market for eleven years (working nights all that time!)
Until his election, Chris was Chairman of the EU Sports Platform, which provides a voice for dozens of natioanl and international sports governing bodies and individual teams and clubs in Brussels - http://www.eusportsplatform.eu/default.asp. In his time out of politics he has worked a couple of days a week in Public Affairs for Fleishman Hillard in London (July 2009 - Feb 2010) and helps manage the football arm of an exciting new business called "PlayUp" - http://www.iplayup.com/
Chris lives in Pitsford, in the Constituency. He became Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Daventry back in June 2006.
As PPC he has been involved and led many local campaigns. He started the “Save Northants Police” campaign when cuts in front line policing looked likely, he has helped many anti-wind farm campaigns organize and find their voice and also been involved with the campaign against unwanted development based on plans issued by the “Joint Planning Unit” – a quango he looks forward to getting rid of.
Chris is an advocate of smaller government and responsible public spending. A fierce Eurosceptic, he hopes his experience in Brussels will be useful to any future Conservative government. He was one of the authors of "Direct Democracy" and is a passionate "localist". He currently sits on two Select Committees in the House of Commons: the Public Accounts Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee.
For more information about Chris visit: www.heatonharris.com