We have two Members of the European Parliament: Ashley Fox and Julie Girling
Ashley was first elected to the European Parliament in June 2009. As a British Conservative he is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR). He was appointed Chief Whip of the ECR in December 2010.
Ashley is a member of the Internal Market Committee where he takes a particular interest in the Aerospace and Pharmaceutical Industries. He also sits on the Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and the Committee for Constitutional Affairs. Ashley is a member of the Delegation for relations with the Arabian Peninsula and also of the Delegation for relations with China.
Educated at The King's School, Worcester, Ashley studied law at Bristol Polytechnic before working for a year as an English assistant in France. He took his solicitors finals at Chester College of Law. After completing his articles, he qualified as a Solicitor in 1994.
Before being elected as a MEP Ashley worked for 15 years as a Solicitor in Bristol, specialising in Insurance Litigation. He was a Partner at Badhams Thompson and an Associate at Morgan Cole.
From 1998 -2000 Ashley was Chairman of Bristol West Conservative Association. He stood as the Conservative candidate for Bath at the General Election in 2001. In 2002 he was elected as Councillor for Westbury-on-Trym on Bristol City Council, a position he held for 8 years.
Julie’s political life started at university as a member of the Federation of Conservative Students. Politics then took a back seat owing to work and family life for many years, during which time her involvement was restricted to helping out at election time.
In 1999 she was elected as a Councillor on Cotswold District Council and became Leader of the Council (the first Conservative!) in 2003. In 2005 she was elected to Gloucestershire County Council and became the Lead Cabinet Member for the Environment in 2006.
She was selected to stand as a Conservative candidate in the 2004 European elections but, as seventh on the list, was too far down to be elected. She persevered and was delighted to gain the number two position second time around.
Julie was elected as MEP for the South West of England and Gibraltar in June 2009, joining Giles Chichester MEP and Ashley Fox MEP in representing the area.
Julie has a keen interest in all environmental matters as well as agriculture and was very pleased to become a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee within the European Parliament. She is also a substitute member on the Fisheries Committee and she is Chief Whip of the Conservative Delegation.
Julie has been working on a number of campaigns including “Save the Bee”, bringing awareness to the decline of bees across Europe and the world.
A strong supporter of rural communities and country pursuits Julie likes to spend spare time riding horses and walking her dogs. She also enjoys gardening and has recently started running.
Julie lives in the Cotswolds with her husband Warren and son Angus.
Phone: 07725 912 170