Geoffrey Van Orden

MEP - East of England

First elected as a Conservative MEP in 1999, Geoffrey represents the East of England.

He is a former senior British Army officer with wide international and operational experience, particularly in the field of counter-terrorism. His last military appointment was at NATO Headquarters. 

Goeffery was instrumental in the creation of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) political group in the Parliament to which all Conservative MEPs belong and which now has 75 MEPs from 17 nations, the third largest of the 8 political groups in the Parliament. He drew up the 2009 Prague Declaration, which sets out the founding principles of the Group. He is Vice-Chairman of the ECR and Founding President of its associated think-tank, New Direction –The Foundation for European Reform.

He has been vigorous in his support for investment in research (including into diseases affecting bee colonies), for our defence and engineering industries, and for improved coastal defences. He has consistently opposed European political integration, in particular EU meddling in defence, and taken a tough stance on immigration. 

Outside of politics, he is a member of the Countryside Alliance and BASC. He strongly supports our rural communities and traditional sports as well as animal welfare organisations. Among the wide range of local issues in which he has been engaged, Geoffrey works closely with local farmers, fishermen and business organisations.

Roles:
Vice-Chairman of ECR Group; Chair of Delegation for relations with India; Member of Conference of Delegation Chairs; Security and Defence Spokesman

Parliamentary Committees:
Foreign Affairs; Employment and Social Affairs; Subcommittee on Security and Defence

Parliamentary Delegations:
Relations with India; EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee; Relations with the NATO Parliamentary Assembl