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Richard Howitt (born 5 April 1961 in Reading, Berkshire) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Labour Party for the East of England. He has been a member of the European Parliament since 1994.



Howitt was brought up in a single parent family, in a council house and went to a comprehensive school.[1] He graduated with a BA degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the University of Oxford in 1982 and has a Postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from the University of Hertfordshire.[2]

After leaving university, he worked for four years in the voluntary sector and eight years for a disability organisation.

Political activity

Howitt served as a councillor on Harlow District Council from 1983 to 1995, including three years as Leader of the council.[2] He was the Labour Party candidate in Billericay in the 1987 general election.[2]

He was elected to the European Parliament, representing the Essex South constituency, and has served for the East of England constituency since 1999.

Howitt has been a member of the Labour Party's National Policy Forum since 1994.[2]


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