28 June 2019
The last few months have been a roller coaster ride, but my time in the European Parliament has finally come to an end.
I want my constituents in London to know what an absolute privilege it has been to represent you in the European Parliament over the past 20 years, and I am delighted to hand on to Scott Ainslie as my successor.
As I explain in the video message above, I’ve worked hard to give you a voice in the European Parliament. Many of best ideas have come from speaking with you – the real living wage, for example, which I’ve been proud to champion in the European Parliament.
I really do think that, together, we’ve managed to change some things for the better. Below I’ve outlined a few of the highlights of my time in the European Parliament – from helping to improve EU asylum laws, to doing my small bit to protect UK citizens in the EU in the case of a catastrophic ‘no deal’ Brexit.
In these troubled political times, it’s crystal clear to me that the EU makes a positive difference to peoples’ lives.
We need genuine cooperation across borders if our world is to tackle climate chaos, uphold human rights, and defend and promote our hard-won democratic standards.
Thankfully, the new, bigger-than-ever Greens/EFA group will bring new energy to the fight for a more social, progressive Europe that lives within its ecological means.
And while this is the close of one chapter for me, I won’t be stepping (or dancing!) out of politics completely. I’ll be moving on to work on some of the issues that are closest to my heart.
So ‘Vive les différences!’ that make London the special, vibrant, creative and diverse city that we know and love.
And thank you again, from the bottom of my heart, for your trust and support over the years. The world needs people with your vision.
With very best wishes,
PS. You can contact me until the end of this week at my usual email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, and find my new personal website here.