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SO WHAT DO MEPS DO ALL DAY? Ellie Chowns MEP
September 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Ellie wowed the audience at our recent hustings event for the European elections and since being elected to the European Parliament in July she has already been creating waves with her blogs and reports of her activities there.
She has also been determined to keep in touch with her constituents at home and recently gave a rousing speech to the People’s Vote Rally in Birmingham.
In her talk Ellie will explain the highs and lows of being a new MEP, what she’s achieved since she officially took her place in the European Parliament and her take on the challenges and opportunities lying ahead.
ABOUT ELLIE CHOWNS MEP
Ellie has spent 20 years working in the field of international development before becoming an MEP. Immediately before the May 2019 election, Ellie was working as a lecturer in the International Development Department at the University of Birmingham, teaching Masters-level students from all over the world.
Before becoming an academic Ellie worked for charities including Voluntary Service Overseas, Christian Aid, Concern Universal, and Quaker Peace and Social Witness, specialising in monitoring and evaluation.
Ellie was first elected as a councillor in Herefordshire in a by-election in November 2017. In May 2019 she was re-elected as councillor for Bishops Frome and Cradley with 79% of the vote on a 48% turnout. She continues to serve as the ward councillor, so you might still see her tweeting about potholes occasionally…
Ellie has lived in Herefordshire since 2003. She has two sons, aged 15 and 17. The family live on a small organic farm as part of a community of about 50 people.
The formal event will be followed by light refreshments and an opportunity to chat informally with Ellie and other members of the audience.
Stratford-upon-Avon School is a 20 minute walk from the centre of Stratford and a 10 minute walk from Stratford railway station. There are also more frequent services to Warwick Parkway on the Chiltern line (20 minutes by taxi to Stratford). For those travelling by car there is ample free parking at the venue.
Doors will open at 6.30 pm for a 7.00 pm start and the event will end by 9.00 pm. Admission is FREE but by ticket only. Reserved Admission tickets need to be booked in advance from Eventbrite.