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Chris Davies


Incumbent
Assumed office 
1999

Member of Parliament
for Littleborough and Saddleworth
In office
1995 – 1997

Born 7 July 1954 (1954-07-07) (age 55)
Lytham St Annes, Lancashire
Nationality British
Political party Liberal Democrat
Residence Greenfield, Greater Manchester
Alma mater Gonville and Caius College

Christopher Graham Davies (born 7 July 1954 in Lytham St Annes, Lancashire) is a Liberal Democrat politician in the United Kingdom. He is a former Member of Parliament, and since 1999 he has been a Member of the European Parliament.

Biography

Davies was born in Lytham St Annes. His father was a doctor, and his mother a nurse. He was educated at Cheadle Hulme School (1965-72), at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1972-75, reading history) and from 1975 to 1977 at the University of Kent at Canterbury.

He became the MP for Littleborough and Saddleworth after a by-election in 1995, but the seat was abolished by the time of the 1997 General Election. Davies contested Oldham East and Saddleworth at this election but lost to Phil Woolas of Labour.

He was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England constituency in 1999.

Due to controversy over the tone of a series of emails he exchanged with a pro-Israeli constituent, Davies was forced to resign as leader of the Liberal Democrats group in the European Parliament.[1] Davies now serves as the Liberal Democrat spokesman on the environment and public health in the European Parliament.

In 2008, Davies made some widely publicised comments on an unpublished report which, he claimed, contained evidence of "embezzlement and fraud" among EU parliament members.[2]

At the autumn 2009 Liberal Democrat conference in Bournemouth Davies made a speech in a debate about the MP expenses scandal, where he appeared to become very angry, exclaiming "I hate, I hate the dirty cheating bastards who have taken every opportunity to fill their private pockets with public money.. .. they should play no part in public life". He went on the implore his Liberal Democrat colleagues to "Publish everything, reveal all, hide nothing..". [3]

Davies is a resident of Greenfield, in Saddleworth, Greater Manchester.[4][5]

References

  1. ^ Hirsh, David. "Revenge of the Jewish lobby?", The Guardian, May 5, 2006.
  2. ^ MEP fraud claims to face scrutiny, BBC News
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ TV damages health, literally, The Oldham Advertiser, 2009-02-05, p. 11  
  5. ^ Chris Davies, libdemmeps.eu, 2007, http://www.libdemmeps.eu/new/index.php?page=chris-davies, retrieved 2009-02-05  

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Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Geoffrey Dickens
Member of Parliament for Littleborough and Saddleworth
19951997
Constituency abolished







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