New Liberal Democrat MEP Sharon Bowles
Sharon Bowles officially became a Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament on 25th May 2005, taking over from Chris Huhne who has been elected to the Westminster Parliament. As the Liberal Democrats latest addition to the European Parliament, Sharon now represents South East England alongside Emma Nicholson MEP.
Speaking in her new role, Sharon Bowles MEP said "I am delighted that I will be able to represent and fight for constituents' interests in the European Parliament. Chris has been a highly successful MEP over the last six years and I will endeavour to continue and add to the excellent Liberal Democrat track record in Brussels".
Sharon Bowles, a European Patent Attorney and an active bureau member of the European Liberal Democrat Party, was placed third on the Liberal Democrat list for the South East, which meant she just missed out on a seat in the Parliament in last year's European elections. Mr Huhne's resignation means she moves into the second South East Liberal Democrat seat.
Chris Huhne said "Sharon Bowles will be an excellent MEP because she will be very effective in representing our area and our interests in Brussels and Strasbourg. She has a keen eye for detail, and an ability to fight her corner, and both qualities will stand her in good stead as our new MEP."