Richard James Ashworth

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Richard James Ashworth, MEP

Richard James Ashworth (born 17 September 1947, Folkestone) is a British MEP for South East from Conservative Party. He also served the previous term (20.07.2004 - 13.07.2009) representing the same political party.[1]


Former Affiliations

Record and Controversies

Declaration of Financial Interests

  • Nothing to declare.[2]

Former Declaration of Financial Interests

Professional Activities:

  • I employ a full time research assistant, a full time secretary, a part time secretary and a full time personal assistant who is my wife and receives payment in the band £20,001 - £30,000. I have two service provider contracts: one with my accountant who acts as my paying agent for PAYE, NIC, pension contributions and other deductions for my office staff and one with my press officer.[3]

Record of Parliamentary Votes

Date Name of Document MEPs Vote
13.03.2012 Should there be an obligatory quota of at least 40% (by 2020) of female representation in the management boards imposed on companies? Against
16.02.2012 Should the European Parliament have a single seat (instead of two, Strasbourg and Brussels)? For
15.02.2012 Should the Eurozone Member States pool their public debts by creating Eurobonds? Against
15.12.2011 Should public access to EU documents be made easier? For
14.12.2011 Should the EU have a stronger and united defence policy? Against
17.11.2011 Should nuclear energy be phased out? Against
25.10.2011 Should a global tax on carbon emissions be introduced? Against
28.09.2011 Should the European Commission supervise the budgets and economic policies of the Member States and apply sanctions for non-compliance with EU-agreed rules on fiscal discipline? Abstain
05.07.2011 Should the cultivation of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) in the EU be made more restrictive? Against
20.10.2010 Should the minimum length of the maternity leave on full pay be extended from 14 to 20 weeks? Against
09.02.2010 Should the proposed Barosso II Commission be appointed for the 2009-2014 term? Abstain

Personal Information

Curriculum Vitae

  • Secondary education. NDA CDA CDFM (1969).
  • Farmer in New Zealand (1969-1972).
  • Farmer in England (1972-2001).
  • Director, own processing company (1978- ).
  • Chairman, United Milk PLC (1990-2003).
  • Chairman, NFU Corporate (2000-2003).
  • In the Conservative Party:
Chairman, Conservative Association (1997-2000);
Member, Regional Executive (1998-2000).
  • Chairman of a further education college (1980-1999).


Parlement européen
Bât. Willy Brandt
60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussel
+32 (0)2 28 45309
+32 (0)2 28 49309
richardjames.ashworth AT
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  1. European Parliament, MEP Directory: Richard Ashworth, accessed 08 September 2010.
  2. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Richard James Ashworth, 18 June 2009, accessed 04 November 2009.
  3. European Parliament, Declaration of Members' Financial Interests: Richard James Ashworth, 08 May 2008, accessed 08 February 2009.