Vicky was a local councillor based in South Cambridgeshire in the heart of the East of England, prior to her election as a Member of the European Parliament in 2009. Over the past few years she has been an active campaigner in a wide range of issues including road safety, health care and hospital cuts, better policing, protecting the countryside and fairer taxes, as well as supporting community sports, charities and arts.
Prior to becoming involved in politics, Vicky was a managing director of a major international bank. Most of her 14-year career in banking was with JP Morgan. She has been involved in raising money for infrastructure (including roads, railways, telecommunications and electricity networks) across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. She worked with many of Europe’s largest companies as well as advising national governments and central banks.
Vicky’s early childhood was spent in Northern Ireland where her parents were both hospital doctors. Her grandparents came from Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire and she returned to Cambridge to study Maths and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge as an undergraduate.There she met her husband, Hugo, who is a cancer consultant at Addenbrooke’s West Suffolk and Papworth Hospitals. They have three children.
Vicky is a passionate supporter of British Industry and stood as the Conservative candidate in Birmingham Northfield, the home of MG Rover, which collapsed during the 2005 general election. In 1997, she was a major contributor to the Conservative Party’s review of UK taxation “the Tax Reform Commission”.
Vicky enjoys fishing and gardening, she sings with a local choir and plays the piano and clarinet and is learning the Saxophone.
Geoffrey was first elected MEP for the East of England in 1999. He is Vice Chairman of the Foreign Affairs, Human Rights and Defence Committee of the European Parliament and Conservative Spokesman on Defence and Security Policy. He is also a Member of the Transport Committee. A former British Army Brigadier with wide international and operational experience, particularly in the field of counter-terrorism, his last military appointment was at NATO Headquarters.
“I go to Brussels to speak up for British interests and for the people of East Anglia. I did not become an MEP in order to promote the EU. I want us to govern our own country. At the same time, I want to help local businesses and citizens get the best out of the single market and to assist in the creation of the widest possible area of stability and prosperity across Europe,” says Geoffrey.
As the Parliament’s spokesman on Bulgaria and as a member of the Joint Parliamentary Committee with Turkey, he is actively involved in some of the most difficult issues concerning enlargement of the EU. He has mobilised the EU against the Mugabe tyranny in Zimbabwe and the military junta in Burma and has been heavily involved for over ten years in the campaign to eradicate anti-personnel landmines and assist their victims.
He has consistently opposed European political integration, in particular EU meddling in defence, the EU “Constitution”, British adoption of the Euro and unnecessary regulation. He was instrumental in the creation of the new political Group in the Parliament, the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR), to which Conservative MEPs now belong and which challenges the EU orthodoxy. He drew up the Prague Declaration, which sets out the founding principles of the Group, and currently sits on its governing Bureau. He is founding President of its associated think-tank, New Direction –The Foundation for European Reform.
Geoffrey is also a member of the Countryside Alliance, Friends of the Union, and the International Institute for Strategic Studies, a founder member of Friends of India, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Liaison Group, and Patron of Fair Trials Abroad. He is married with three daughters.
David Campbell Bannerman, known affectionately as ‘dcb’, is a Conservative MEP for the East of England. David has long-standing connections with the area and has family here. He was first elected to the European Parliament in June 2009.
David believes in putting his country first, before party or personal interest. He is firmly committed to common sense policies that better the lives of all the people of Britain.
David loves Europe, its peoples and cultures, but not the remote, antidemocratic and fraudulent European Union. David regards the EU as being dangerous to our shared freedoms, and destructive of our historic British identity.
As a former ministerial advisor, David has served at the highest levels of the British Government. During the Irish Peace Process, David was the Special Adviser to Sir Patrick Mayhew who was the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. He was also Chairman of the influential Bow Group think tank when it had 100 MP members and stood for the Conservative party during the 2001 General Election campaign in Warwick and Leamington.
A great supporter of the Commonwealth, David was born in India but has lived in England since childhood. After graduating from Edinburgh University with an MA (Honours) degree, David first worked for advertising agencies and public relations companies. He went to become the Communications Director for a leading transport organisation (ATOC) and then led the website division of a leading PLC. To relax, David enjoys country walks, films and industrial heritage.