Graham Watson MEP
Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament for South West England and Gibraltar
A local champion with an international reputation
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Published on Monday 27th January 2014
Why is Gibraltar represented by Graham Watson?
Gibraltar certainly provides an interesting addition to the South West Constituency. To give some of the history, unlike all the other British Overseas Territories or Crown Dependencies like the Channel Islands, Gibraltar accessed to the Community (although not all parts, such as the Customs Union) with the rest of the United Kingdom. However following direct elections to the European Parliament in 1979, its citizens continued to be disenfranchised and were not given the opportunity to elect a representative like citizens elsewhere across the Union. As a result in the late 1990s Gibraltar resident Denise Matthews took the Government to the European Court of Human Rights, and rightly won the case which acknowledged the need for citizens on the Rock to vote in the UK elections.
Published on Wednesday 14th December 2011
The food and drink industry is a vital component of the South West economy. The pub trade alone adds over £2 billion to the regional economy and employs nearly 100,000 people. Around 30% of the UK's diary farming is in the region and the food manufacturing sector adds over £2.6 billion to the economy.
Published on Thursday 8th December 2011
Feedback From Constituents- 100% Authentic On Graham's casework;
"I applaud the valuable work you continue to do as an MEP."
"Thank you for your positive and comprehensive reply to my e-mail on the above subject. It constrasted markedly to the one I received from Julie Girling.