Former MEP Chris Davies has been declared ‘Parliamentarian of the Year (MEP)’ for his work in achieving reform of the EU’s common fisheries policy.
The Liberal Democrat, who represented the North West of England from 1999 until May this year, was presented with the Green Ribbon award at a ceremony in the House of Commons by leading environmentalist Jonathon Porritt.
It was the second award that Davies has gained this year. In March his work secured him the title ‘MEP of the Year’ at a ceremony in Brussels.
The former MEP quipped: “Of course it’s an honour to have my efforts recognised and to have received these awards, but they hardly compensate for election defeat. Clearly the voters didn’t realise that I was too good to lose!”
Davies was selected for the Green Ribbon award by a judging panel from the Institution of Water and Environment Management.
He formed and led a cross-party campaign group in the European Parliament that campaigned successfully to reform the EU common fisheries policy, rebuild depleted fish stocks, and curb the wasteful discarding of fish.
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Chris Davies, MEP for North West England June 1999 – July 2014 was named Parliamentarian of the year (MEP) in the Green Ribbon Political Awards this week.
In the European Parliament, Chris dedicated himself to reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.
He was instrumental in the cross-party ‘Fish for the future’ scheme and through hard work and deft political manoeuvring ensured that the reforms went through largely unscathed with parliament voting to end discards and overfishing by 2015.
Chris was also active on numerous committees at the European Parliament, particularly as a member of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.
Chris widely promoted the use of carbon capture and storage as a means to reduce CO2 emissions with his report on the issue.
Baroness Parminter was named Parliamentarian of the Year (House of Lords), recogniding the work she has done in consistently challenging for the environment both inside and outside the House.
From 1998 Kate headed the leading conservation campaigning charity Campaign to Protect Rural England for nearly six years
Liberal Democrats in government have worked hard to keep the environment on the agenda.
The Liberal Democrats will never abandon our commitment to the environment. We are the only party that can be trusted to deliver green jobs and green growth in Government.