Syed Kamall - London's newest Conservative MEP

Conservative MEPs have welcomed a new colleague to the European Parliament today. Syed Kamall takes over as MEP for the London region following the departure of Theresa Villiers, who has assumed her seat in the House of Commons.

 Syed was born and brought up in London. He is married with two children and has a degree from Liverpool University, a Masters from the London School of Economics and a PhD from City University, London. He has written a number of articles on the international strategies of firms and foreign investment. In 1996, he completed a book on EU telecommunications policy. Prior to assuming his seat, Syed was a marketing and public affairs consultant.

Syed said, "I am relishing the opportunity to serve the people of London in the European Parliament and I hope that I can continue some of the excellent work carried out by my predecessor in the seat. Over the next few years, the European Union faces some difficult decisions and one of my key motivations will be to create an EU that does less but does it better."

Timothy Kirkhope MEP, Leader of the Conservatives in the European Parliament, said, "We are fortunate to have Syed joining our delegation. He brings with him enthusiasm and a wealth of experience which I am sure will serve both the Conservative delegation and the people of London well."