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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Graham's Transparency Promise
I am frequently asked by people what I like about being an MEP. My answer is that it enables me to do a job that I love. I am proud to represent my constituents in the European Parliament, working hard to address their concerns and helping to build a liberal and democratic Europe. That is why I left a much better paid job with HSBC in 1994 to devote myself full time to politics.
I believe that if we want a democracy which is truly representative of the people, it is vital that financial barriers do not prevent a person from standing for and working in Parliament.
That is why we must not let the Westminster expenses scandal- which rightly outraged the British public- take us back hundreds of years to a time when only the exceptionally wealthy could hold public office.
Instead, we must ensure that salaries and expenses are paid in a fair and transparent way to inspire public confidence and make politics open to all. To do this, we need not only the right rules and procedures, but also an honest and morally guided approach to expenses by elected representatives.
I am therefore committed to;
- publishing details of the expenses I claim
- using expenses only in pursuance of my work as an MEP
- always seeking the best value for money
I list below details of my salary, the expenses I claim and how they are spent. If you have any questions about these, please feel free to ask.