Liberal Democrats

Martin Horwood

Liberal Democrat MEP for the South West

Martin Horwood is former MP for Cheltenham, President of the Green Liberal Democrats and a longstanding campaigner against Brexit.

Before serving as Cheltenham’s MP from 2005 until 2015, Martin worked in business and the charity sector - including for Oxfam and as the Alzheimer’s Society’s Director of Fundraising.

As an MP he campaigned for local NHS services, for better rail links across the west country and for the environment. He originated the coalition’s Local Green Space planning policy which is now protecting green spaces important to local communities all over the UK.

Martin was a shadow environment minister in opposition, jointly tabling the amendment in 2008 that raised UK greenhouse gas reduction ambition to 80% and co-authoring the Liberal Democrats’ Zero Carbon Britain policy which called for the country to achieve net zero emissions no later than 2050. He served on the advisory board of the Energy & Climate Change Information Unit which combats fake news about climate change in the media.

During the coalition, Martin was the Liberal Democrat parliamentary party’s spokesperson on international affairs, including Europe.  An outspoken opponent of Brexit, he spent many hours taking on Jacob Rees-Mogg and other anti-Europeans in the Commons and the media. He chaired the expert groups that drafted the party’s 2014 European manifesto and its recently adopted international policy. 

Martin also championed global development, including the pledge to spend 0.7% of national income on aid which was finally achieved during the coalition and became law thanks to the Lib Dems. After leaving Parliament, Martin worked for Bristol-based poverty data specialists Development Initiatives.

Martin is now a local councillor for Leckhampton in Cheltenham, where he lives with his wife Shona, an NHS doctor, their two children and dog Harley.


Twitter: @MartinChelt

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