Giles Chichester

Giles Bryan Chichester (born 29 July 1946) is a British Conservative Party politician who was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South West England and Gibraltar from 1999 until he retired 2014. He was elected as Vice-President of the European Parliament on 6 July 2011 to replace Silvana Koch-Mehrin who had resigned over plagiarism allegations.

Giles Chichester
Member of the European Parliament
for South West England
In office
10 June 1999  26 May 2014
Succeeded byClare Moody
Member of the European Parliament
for Devon and East Plymouth
In office
1994–1999
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1946-07-29) 29 July 1946 (age 75)
London, United Kingdom
Political partyConservative
FatherSir Francis Chichester
ResidenceDevon, United Kingdom
Alma materWestminster School
Christ Church, Oxford

Chichester was born in London and educated at Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford. Since 1969 He has worked in family business Francis Chichester Ltd (publishers of maps, guides and educational wallcharts), founded by his father Sir Francis Chichester KBE, and still lives in the family home at 9 St James's Place, London SW1.

He was MEP for Devon and East Plymouth from 1994 to 1999 and represented South West England in the European Parliament from 1999 until 2014. On 23 July 2004 he was elected chair of the Parliamentary Committee on Industry, Research and Energy.

He is a former Chairman of the Carlton Club Political Committee and is chairman of his family business publishing maps.

Chichester describes himself as a "climate change sceptic".[1]