Information about the role of an MEP, and who your MEP is.
MEPs are your representatives in the European Union. Their job is to represent your interests and those of your city or region in Europe. Where necessary, they question and lobby the Commission and the Council of Ministers.
Above all, MEPs pass laws that affect many aspects of our lives, for example:
MEPs also have an important role to play on the big issues of our times such as climate change, human rights in the world and the way in which we regulate our financial markets.
There are 72 UK MEPs elected to the European Parliament. The UK is divided into twelve electoral regions made up of the nations and regions of the UK. Each region has between three and ten MEPs and each MEP in a region represents each person living there. The region which covers East Riding of Yorkshire is the Yorkshire and Humber region which has six MEPs:
To contact your local MEP, please visit the European Parliament Information Office website (external link) for more information.
For more information about Members of European Parliament or to make a complaint, please contact the European Parliament Information Office in the United Kingdom.
European Parliament Information Office (external link)
Europe House 32 Smith Square London SW1P 3EU Telephone: (020) 7227 4300