North West MEPs
Chris Davies and Jane Brophy were our Liberal Democrat MEPs for the North West, 2019-2020.
Each represented the whole consituency - Cheshire, Merseyside, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Cumbria.
Here is some information about each of them.
Chris Davies was Liberal Democrat MEP for the North West, 1999-2014. Twice named 'Parliamentarian of the Year' for his work in the environmental field he introduced the EU's largest funding mechanism to combat climate change by supporting low CO2 technologies. From 2020 this will be known as the EU Innovation Fund and is expected to be worth more than €10 billion.
The campaign group he established, 'Fish for the Future', helped introduce sustainability principles into the EU Common Fisheries Policy. To promote his argument he is the only MEP ever to have dressed as a fish in the European Parliament!
He also introduced the legislation that has led to graphic photographs and images being used to supplement written health warnings on cigarette packs and which have contributed to the continuing fall in the number of people smoking.
Chris Davies was MP for Littleborough & Saddleworth 1995-97, and was a Liverpool councillor 1980-84, serving as chairman of the city's housing committee and introducing a range of innovative policies to address homelessness and promote housing diversity.
A competitive runner for more than 50 years, he achieved 2nd place in the British fell running championships 2018 (over 60 category).
Until the 2019 European elections, Jane Brophy has been an NHS Allied Health Professional working in the field of Dietetics, specialising in diabetes treatment. She is a member of the British Dietetic Association board and holds a degree in Biochemistry.
Jane Brophy has been elected as a Metropolitan Borough Councillor in Trafford for 19 years. Jane was a Parliamentary Candidate for North West England in the 2014 European Election promoting policies to tackle public health and climate change issues, and was the Liberal Democrat Greater Manchester Metro Mayoral Candidate in 2017. She was parliamentary candidate for Altrincham and Sale West at the 2010, 2015 and 2017 general elections.
Jane is an executive member of the Green Liberal Democrats.
Other Lib Dem MEPs
16 Lib Dem MEPs were elected in 2019 across the UK including Jane and Chris, making the Lib Dems the second largest UK group of MEPs - Labour had 10 and the Conservatives just 4. They all ceased to be MEPs when the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 .