Conservative MEP and spokesman on economic and monetary affairs Syed Kamall has been elected as leader of Britain’s Tory MEPs.
Kamall, who is a member of the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs committee, replaces MEP Richard Ashworth after a vote of his delegation colleagues today.
He was elected to the European Parliament in 2005 when Theresa Villiers won a seat in the House of Commons and quit as MEP for London.
Kamall has enjoyed an eclectic career in freelance lecturing, management consultancy, public affairs consulting and running a small recruitment company.
The European Parliament elections will take place next May and all parties have settled their candidate lists.
Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to renegotiate Britain’s relationship with the EU and hold an in/out referendum by 2017.
Kamall says: “I am determined that we see as many Conservatives as possible elected to the European Parliament in May because we are the only ones who will properly protect Britain’s interests.
“I am also determined that our work must focus on the legislative areas that really matter here, where real change is achieved, where taxpayers money is spent or saved and where dangerous proposals are blocked – not the many talking shops that give Brussels such a bad reputation.”