Chris Heaton-Harris

Chris Heaton-Harris
Chris Heaton-Harris MP
Member of Parliament
for Daventry
Assumed office
6 May 2010
Preceded by Tim Boswell
Majority 19,188 (37.1%)
Member of the European Parliament
for the East Midlands
In office
1 May 1999 – 4 May 2009
Succeeded by Emma McClarkin
Personal details
Born 28 November 1967 (1967-11-28) (age 43)
Epsom, Surrey, England
Nationality British
Political party Conservative
Alma mater Wolverhampton Polytechnic

Christopher "Chris" Heaton-Harris, (born 28 November 1967), is a British Conservative Party politician. He has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Daventry since May 2010, and was previously a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East Midlands from 1999 to 2009.


Early life and education

Born in November 1967, Heaton-Harris attended the Tiffin Grammar School for Boys in Kingston upon Thames, before studying at Wolverhampton Polytechnic.[1]

He went to work in Covent Garden (Nine Elms) fruit and vegetable wholesale market in the family business, before taking over from his father as Chairman of What4 Ltd, until his election to the European Parliament.

Political career

At the 1997 general election he fought Leicester South, a safe seat for the Labour. He was the Conservative party's candidate for that seat in the 2004 Leicester South by-election and came third to the Liberal Democrat Parmjit Singh Gill.

European Parliament

Heaton-Harris was elected to the European Parliament in 1999 as a MEP for the East Midlands, and was re-elected in 2004.

Heaton-Harris sat on the Internal Market Committee, responsible for "coordination at Community level of national legislation in the sphere of the internal market and of the customs union" as well as the Central America Delegation and the Bulgaria Delegation.

He was a founding member of the Campaign for Parliamentary Reform (CPR), a group of cross-national and cross-party MEPs who campaign for reforms within the parliament. Its manifesto includes creating one seat for the parliament - in Brussels, cleaning up MEPs' expenses system, and improving debate within the parliament.

Heaton-Harris was also responsible for bringing the case of Marta Andreasen, the European Commission's Chief Accountant, to public attention back in August 2002 and has been involved in fighting fraud, mismanagement and waste within the European Commission and other European Institutions.

He was the Chief Whip for the Conservatives in the European Parliament from 2001 to March 2004.

Immediately prior to his retirement in 2009, Heaton-Harris was the President of the Sports Intergroup, a group of approximately 40 MEPs who have an interest in sport and sporting issues.

From May 2006 he sought support within the EU legislature for a controversial letter to FIFA demanding that the Iranian national team be thrown out of the World Cup 2006, because of the Iranian President's comments about the Holocaust being a myth.

Chris Heaton-Harris is also a fierce eurosceptic

Member of Parliament

Chris Heaton-Harris was a member of the controversial A-List and was selected as candidate for the safe Conservative seat of Daventry in June 2006.[2] He won the seat in the 2010 general election, with a majority of 19,188, succeeding Tim Boswell.

Personal life

Heaton-Harris is married with two children. He is a Grade 5 qualified soccer referee, signed into the profession by Ray Lewis, the assigned referee for the Hillsborough disaster and a friend of his father's.


External links

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Tim Boswell
Member of Parliament for Daventry

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