Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament


The Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament was the most senior Conservative Member of the European Parliament. The post was last held by Geoffrey Van Orden, who succeeded Ashley Fox in 2019. His term ended after the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Leaders of Conservative MEPs (1973 to 2020)


Leader Portrait Constituency Took Office Left Office Term Length
Sir Peter Kirk Member of Parliament

for Saffron Walden

1 January 1973[1] 17 April 1977[2] 4 years and 107 days
Geoffrey Rippon[3]
Member of Parliament for Hexham 17 April 1977 7 July 1979 2 years and 82 days
James Scott-Hopkins[4] Hereford and Worcester 7 July 1979 9 February 1982 2 years and 218 days
Henry Plumb Cotswold 9 February 1982 7 July 1987 5 years and 149 days
Christopher Prout[5] Shropshire and Stafford 7 July 1987 16 June 1994 6 years and 345 days
Tom Spencer[6] Surrey 16 June 1994 16 September 1997 3 years and 93 days
Edward McMillan-Scott
Yorkshire and the Humber 16 September 1997 14 December 2001 4 years and 90 days
Jonathan Evans
Wales 14 December 2001[7] 14 December 2004 3 years and 1 day
Timothy Kirkhope
Yorkshire and the Humber 14 December 2004[8] 28 November 2007 2 years and 350 days
Giles Chichester South West England and Gibraltar 28 November 2007[9] 5 June 2008 190 days
Philip Bushill-Matthews
West Midlands 5 June 2008[10] 18 November 2008 167 days
Timothy Kirkhope
Yorkshire and the Humber 18 November 2008[11] 23 November 2010 2 years and 5 days
Martin Callanan
North East England 23 November 2010[12] 1 March 2012 1 year and 99 days
Richard Ashworth
South East England 14 March 2012[13] 19 November 2013 1 year and 250 days
Syed Kamall
London 19 November 2013[14] 25 November 2014 1 year and 6 days
Ashley Fox
South West England and Gibraltar 25 November 2014[15] 11 June 2019 4 years and 198 days
Geoffrey Van Orden
East of England 11 June 2019 31 January 2020 234 days

References


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