Vicky Ford was elected as the Member of Parliament for Chelmsford in 2017. She is a member of the Science and Technology Select Committee, the Women and Equalities Select Committee and Chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Groups for Information Communication and Technology and for Rare Diseases. She also chairs the Conservative Backbench Policy Committee on Brexit.
Vicky was a Member of the European Parliament from 2009 to 2017. She chaired the European Parliament Internal Market and Consumer Affairs Committee (IMCO), one of the most powerful economic committees of the Parliament. As well as spearheading digital policy and single market reforms to boost trade, she led the negotiations to end mobile roaming charges and changes to European gun laws after the Paris terrorist attacks. Vicky was ranked in the top 10 most influential MEPs in Europe by Politico magazine.
During her time as an MEP Vicky also led negotiations 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. 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 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's hobbies include fly fishing, gardening and singing.