Sir Graham Watson MEP – South West England
Graham Watson was the first British Liberal Democrat ever to be elected to the European Parliament, winning the Somerset & North Devon constituency with a majority of over 22,500. In June 1999 Graham was elected to represent the new enlarged South West of England constituency, which covers Bristol, Gloucestershire,Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Devon and Cornwall, and has since then twice been elected. Gibraltar was added to Graham’s constituency in June 2004.
From 1994 to 1999, Graham was a member of the Committee for Economic & Monetary Affairs and Industrial Policy and the Budgets Committee. From July 1999 to 2002 he served as Chairman of the Committee on Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs. From January 2002 to July 2009 Graham Watson served as Leader of the European Parliament’s Liberal Democrat group, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats forEurope. Since 2009 he has been a member of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee and Chairman of Parliament’s delegation for relations with India.
In November 2010 Graham was elected Vice-Chair of the European Liberal Democrat and Reform Party. His Knighthood was announced in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2011.
Graham’s publications include ‘To the Power of Ten: UK Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament’ (2000), ‘2020 Vision: Liberalisation and Globalisation’ (2001), ‘Liberal Language’ (2003), ‘EU’ve got mail’ (2004) ‘Liberal Democracy and Globalisation’ (2006), ‘Liberalism – something to shout about’ (2006), ‘The Power of Speech’ (2006) and ‘Building a Liberal Europe’ (2010).
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