A new Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands has today taken his seat in Strasbourg. Daniel Dalton MEP said that whilst he would prefer to have been elected under different circumstances, he is honoured to be able to play a role in helping to reform Britain's relationship with the EU, and in representing the West Midlands in Europe, rather than the other way around.
Daniel Dalton was elected following the death of Philip Bradbourn last month. As electors vote for a party in the European Elections under the list electoral system, a vacancy is usually filled by the next person on that Party list.
Mr Dalton is a former Warwickshire County Cricketer, and a cricket coach around the region. In recent years he worked for Conservative Chairman of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Neil Parish, and as an agriculture and international trade adviser for the Conservatives' grouping in the European Parliament – the eurorealist European Conservatives and Reformists Group.
Daniel Dalton said:
"I would prefer to be elected under much happier circumstances. Philip Bradbourn was a sterling defender of the West Midlands in Europe, and I will follow his example and seek to emulate his work in promoting the interests of the region as a diverse and proud manufacturing region.
"I have lived most of my life in the region, played cricket for Warwickshire and coached around the region so it is a great honour to represent the West Midlands in Brussels and Strasbourg. I will have two priorities: to play my part in reforming Britain's relationship with the EU, and to stand up for the West Midlands and promote the region wherever I can. Philip always used to say that his job was to represent the West Midlands in Europe and not Europe in the West Midlands.
"That will be my aim: to promote and defend the West Midlands over the next five years, and to make the common market work for our region's manufacturers and exporters."