East of England Labour Euro MP Announces Intention To Stand Down To Take Up New Global Role
Long-serving East of England Euro MP Richard Howitt is today (Monday 5 September) announcing his intention to leave the European Parliament later this year, to become head of a leading global organization dedicated to the linking companies with society, the environment and the wider economy.
Richard Howitt MEP will become Chief Executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), which brings together a global coalition of business, investment, regulatory and civil society representatives, to drive a global evolution in corporate reporting. During more than 22 years as a Labour Euro MP, Richard Howitt has served as Rapporteur (lead-MEP) on Corporate Responsibility in four terms of the European Parliament, and was a key architect of the EU's non-financial information law, one of the biggest transformations in corporate disclosure anywhere in the world.
He has represented European interests in global initiatives on responsible business, including at United Nations.
Richard Howitt is the second longest-serving British Member of the European Parliament, first elected in 1994, and serves as the only current Labour Euro MP in the East of England.
He remains firmly committed to the Labour Party but is standing down as an elected representative to take up the new role. As East of England Euro MP, Richard Howitt has helped negotiate multi-million pound European investment regenerating coastal and market towns locally, establishing East coast ports and airports as priority European trade routes and devoting EU regional aid to helping local business transition to low carbon growth.
He is outgoing Chair of the European Parliamentary Labour Party and is one of the party's most influential European politicians, as equally longstanding member of the party's National Policy Forum. He has served as Foreign Affairs Spokesperson for both Labour and all European centre-left Euro MPs and as a member of the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Ministerial team during Labour's period of government.
Richard Howitt MEP said:
"It will be a great privilege to apply my experience in Europe to a truly international role.
"Integrated reporting is the single best global antidote to the spread of short-term risks that has plagued our capital markets with uncertainty and volatility, causing harm to our economy, businesses, society and, yes, the environment.
"A lost generation of progress is not a price any of us should be willing to pay.
"I feel this role is a culmination of two decade's worth of advocacy for higher levels of corporate transparency, governance and reporting to deliver a new bargain between business, capital markets and society."
Richard Howitt MEP is sending a sincere message of thanks to party members, colleagues, his own staff, constituents and organisations for their support and co-operation during his period of office, adding: "It has been an enormous privilege to serve in this role and I cannot thank enough the countless people who I have sought to help - and who have shown extraordinary kindness in helping me. "It is time for me to take on a new role, but my personal values are as strong as ever, I will remain living with my family locally and I am sure the many friendships I have made will endure long in to the future."
Richard Howitt MEP is expected to take up the new role in November and continues to undertake his full duties until his formal resignation.
The European Parliament procedure means Britain will nominate the next Labour candidate from the last European Elections in 2014 to replace him as Euro MP.
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