Fiona Hall (politician)

Fiona Jane Hall MBE (née Cutts; born 15 July 1955 in Swinton, Lancashire) is a British politician who was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for North East England. She served as leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament[1] from 2009 to 2014. She was elected to the European Parliament in 2004, and re-elected in 2009, coming in third behind Labour and Conservative candidates with 17% of the vote, the highest of any UK Liberal Democrat candidate.[2][3][4]

Fiona Hall

Leader of the Liberal Democrats
in the European Parliament
In office
21 July 2009  2 July 2014
LeaderNick Clegg
Preceded byGraham Watson
Succeeded byCatherine Bearder
Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
In office
10 June 2004  2 July 2014
Preceded byGordon Adam
Succeeded byPaul Brannen
Personal details
Born (1955-07-15) 15 July 1955 (age 66)
Swinton, Lancashire
Political partyLiberal Democrat
Children2 daughters
ResidenceWhittingham, Northumberland
Alma materSt Hugh's College, Oxford

Hall attended Worsley Wardley Grammar School and Eccles College. She went on to study at St Hugh's College, Oxford, and graduated with a degree in Modern Languages. She worked part-time as a teacher after moving to Northumberland, where she campaigned against nuclear power in the early 1990s.[2]

Hall began working as a political officer for the Liberal Democrats in 1997 and was a parliamentary researcher two years later. Hall was an Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe polling station supervisor in Kosovo in 2001 following the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia.[2]

Hall led the European Union's observer mission in Togo during the October 2007 Togolese parliamentary election.[5] She has been vice-president of the European Forum for Renewable Energy Sources since 2008,[2] and is a member of the group MEPs Against Cancer.[6]

Hall was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2013 New Year Honours List for public and political service.[7]


  1. "MEP is handed top role". Evening Gazette (Teesside). 21 July 2009. Retrieved 17 October 2013.
  2. "Fiona Hall MEP". Archived from the original on 26 April 2009. Retrieved 4 June 2009.
  3. "European Election 2009: North East". BBC News. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  4. "Don't ignore the concerns of BNP voters, urges MEP". The Northern Echo. 9 June 2009. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  5. "DELEGATION FOR THE OBSERVATION OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION IN TOGO (11 to 16 October 2007)" (PDF). p. 2. Retrieved 6 July 2020.
  6. "Smear test cuts risks". Chronicle Live. 23 January 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2010.
  7. "No. 60367". The London Gazette (Supplement). 29 December 2012. p. 18.