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The Debatewise Team: Chris Heaton-Harris - Patron

Chris Heaton-Harris - Patron

Chris Heaton-Harris was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 and represents the Conservative Party in the East Midlands.  The UK Conservatives belong to the EPP-ED (European Peoples Party-European Democrats) within the Parliament.  He currently sits on the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, the Internal Market Committee and the Budgetary Control Committee.

Within the Parliament he is President of the “Sports Intergroup” and a former Chairman of “Friends of Football” sponsored by UEFA, which are both cross party groups of MEPs who are interested in sporting issues. His love of sport began at an early age when he qualified as a football referee, aged 14.

Currently Parliamentary Spokesman for the constituency of Daventry, Chris is working on many local issues in the East Midlands at the moment - including wind farm developments, closure of local post offices, and the “postcode lottery” system of allocating anti-cancer drugs.

Born on 28th November 1967, Chris is married to Jayne and has two young daughters - Megan, born May 1996, and Tess, born April 2000.

Before becoming an MEP, Chris worked in the family wholesale fruit and vegetable business in New Covent Garden, eventually become the Managing Director. I left the business shortly after my election to the European Parliament.

“Encouraging and engaging in debate is central to a vibrant democracy, and it’s great to see Debatewise trying to get as many people involved as possible.

Britain has a proud tradition of freedom of speech and I hope that everyone involved in Debatewise is taking advantage of that by debating, discussing and disagreeing at every turn.

Ideas are essential, but so is the ability to defend them. Good luck!”