Chris Davies was Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West, 1999-2014, and was twice named ‘Parliamentarian of the Year’ for his work in the environmental field. His priorities now are to use his voice to stop Brexit, campaign for European leadership in curbing climate change, and to prevent the erosion of European democratic values by rogue governments.
As a MEP and team leader on the Parliament’s environment committee he introduced the EU’s largest funding mechanism to combat climate change by supporting development of low CO2 technologies. From 2020 this will be known as the EU Innovation Fund and is expected to be worth more than €10 billion. It is an achievement that entitles him to claim that no candidate in this election has done more in practical terms to fight global warming.
The campaign group he established in 2010, ‘Fish for the Future’, is still fondly remembered by parliamentarians and environment groups alike for its successful role in helping introduce sustainability principles into the EU Common Fisheries Policy. To help promote his argument he became the only MEP ever to have dressed as a fish in the European Parliament!
He also introduced the legislation that has led to graphic photographs and images being used to supplement written health warnings on cigarette packs and which have contributed to the continuing fall in the number of people smoking.
Chris Davies was MP for Littleborough & Saddleworth 1995-97, and was a Liverpool councillor 1980-84, serving as chairman of the city’s housing committee and introducing a range of innovative policies to address homelessness and promote housing diversity.
A competitive runner for more than 50 years, he achieved 2nd place in the British fell running championships last year (over 60 category).
Chris Davies lives in Saddleworth, Oldham. He is married with one adult daughter.