Welwyn Hatfield Labour MEP Richard Howitt to resign

PUBLISHED: 09:46 05 September 2016 | UPDATED: 09:46 05 September 2016

Richard Howitt will stand down in November

Richard Howitt will stand down in November


Welwyn Hatfield’s only Labour MEP is to step down to take the reins of an international business organisation.

Richard Howitt, who has been representing the East of England in the European Parliament since 1994, will take up post as chief executive of the International Integrated Reporting Council in November.

His replacement will be Cambridgeshire charity professional Alex Mayer, the number two Labour candidate in the 2014 European Parliament election.

Mr Howitt, the second longest-serving British 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.

“It has been an enormous privilege to serve and I cannot thank enough the countless people who I have sought to help, and who have shown extraordinary kindness in helping me.”

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