Chris Heaton-Harris was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Daventry at the May 2010 General Election with 56.5% of the vote and a majority of 19,188. He was re-elected as the Member of Parliament for the same constituency in May 2015, with an increased majority of 21,059 and 58.2% of the vote. He lives in Pitsford, in his constituency.
He is an active and qualified football referee and has been officiating the game at different levels for over 32 years. He currently referees on the Northamptonshire Combination League and is President of Earls Barton Football Club. Chris is well known within football locally, nationally and internationally.
From July 2013 - August 2016, Chris was Chair of the Northampton Theatres' Board of Trustees, which oversees the Royal and Derngate Theatres in Northampton.
Before entering politics he joined and eventually ran his family’s business – a wholesale fruit and vegetable company based in New Covent Garden Market for eleven years.
Chris was a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands Region of the UK from June 1999 – June 2009. He held various positions in the European Parliament including that of Chief Whip of the British Conservatives from 2001-2004.
He made his name in the European Parliament trying to clean up the European Commission’s accounts and had many well-reported battles with then European Commissioner Neil Kinnock. through his experience he became an expert on the European Union Budget process and has written extensively on this subject.
In the 2009 European Elections, he was named by the “Taxpayers’ Alliance” as being the MEP on mainland UK that was the most “hard-working, committed to transparency and accountability”.
Between July 2009 and April 2010, Chris set up and was Chairman of the EU Sports Platform, which provided a voice for dozens of national and international sports governing bodies and individual teams and clubs in Brussels.
As a backbencher in Parliament, he constantly raised the problems surrounding the very emotional subject of Stillbirth in Parliament and was active in trying to get “selective dorsal rhizotomy” (SDR) routinely commissioned by the NHS. SDR is a life-changing operation that massively increases mobility for many children with cerebral palsy.
Chris has been a member of the Public Accounts Committee and the European Scrutiny Committee. He has formerly sat on numerous Bill Committees and he was Vice-Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dance and the All Party Parliamentary Group for Football.
Chris was Co-Chairman of the Fresh Start Project – which is looking to renegotiate a new relationship for the UK in the European Union, he was Chairman of the European Research Group of Conservative MPs and coordinated the letter to the Prime Minister, signed by 105 other MPs, that asked for a drastic cut to onshore wind farm subsidies and as well as coordinating the campaign in parliament to achieve this cut.
He is an advocate of smaller government and responsible public spending. A fierce Eurosceptic, he hopes his experience in Brussels will be useful to any future Conservative government. He was one of the authors of "Direct Democracy" and is a passionate "localist".
In his new role as Assistant Government Whip to the Cabinet Office, Chris pushes government business through the House and is responsible for Friday business in the Commons and Private Members’ business.
Whilst his role in politics has somewhat changed his commitment to the constituency of Daventry has not, and he will continue to represent the people of Daventry to the best of his ability.