Vicky Ford was elected in 2017 as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford. She is a member of the Parliament’s Science & Technology and Women & Equalities Select Committees. Vicky chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Internet & Communications Technology, Rare Diseases and Women in Parliament. She also chairs the Conservative Backbench Policy Committee on Brexit.
Vicky was appointed Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ministerial team at the end of August 2018.
Vicky was a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England constituency from 2009 – 2017.
She chaired the Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO) – a powerful economic committee in the European Parliament – during which time she was ranked in the top 10 most influential MEPs by Politico magazine.
As well as spearheading digital policy and single market reforms to boost trade, Vicky led negotiations that put an end to mobile roaming charges in the EU and changes to European gun laws after the Paris terrorist attacks. She also led on banking reform in the aftermath of the financial crisis, on budgetary reforms for Eurozone countries and helped establish a €80 billion Horizon fund for science and research that brought over £500 million into the East of England.
Prior to her election as a MEP Vicky was a local councillor in South Cambridgeshire, holding portfolios for finance and community development.
Before entering politics, Vicky was a managing director of a major international bank. She has been involved in raising finance for key infrastructure projects across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Vicky was born and grew up in Northern Ireland. She read Maths and Economics at Trinity College, Cambridge where she met her husband Hugo, a cancer specialist. They have three student-aged children.
Vicky enjoys cricket, fly fishing, gardening and singing.
"My work in Parliament
I want to keep you up-to-date with all the goings on of my working week in Westminster and Chelmsford as your MP.
In addition to fighting to secure the best deal in everything that’s important to Chelmsford from protecting the NHS and our local schools to improving housing and transport links, I have two important roles on the Science and Technology and Women and Equalities Committees. Being on a select committee is a significant responsibility and an opportunity for me and other MPs to interrogate leading people in different industries, which helps inform us on key issues and in drafting new laws. I am always keen to champion causes and to support campaigns for Chelmsford and my constituents and will raise local issues in Westminster.
You can read what I've been up to, including my 'A week in the life of an MP' series in the News section.
Please get in touch with me if I can help you through my work in Parliament."