Vicky Ford was elected as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford in 2017
Vicky was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. She read Maths and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge where she met her husband Hugo, who is a cancer specialist. They have three student-aged children.
Vicky a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017 and was the lead Conservative MEP for the East of England. From 2014 to 2017 Vicky chaired the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO), one of the most powerful economic committees of the Parliament, focusing on digital policy and unlocking trade opportunities for services and goods.
As an MEP Vicky led negotiations on banking reform in the aftermath of the financial crisis, on budgetary reforms for Eurozone countries and on ending mobile phone roaming. She led reforms of European gun laws after the Paris terrorist attacks and helped establish a €80 billion Horizon fund for science and research. This brought over £500 million into the East of England.
Prior to becoming involved in politics, Vicky was a managing director of a major international bank. She has been involved in raising money for infrastructure, including roads, railways, telecommunications and electricity networks across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Before becoming an MEP, she served as a local councillor in South Cambridgeshire holding portfolios for finance and community development. She led the campaign to save Milton Country Park, an important amenity for the local community.
Vicky is a longstanding campaigner for the need for reform in Europe focussing on the need to boost economic growth by reducing bureaucracy and increasing competitiveness.
Vicky's hobbies include fly fishing, gardening and singing.