Kay Swinburne reselected as lead candidate for European Election


Dr Kay Swinburne MEP has been reselected by the Welsh Conservative Party as its lead candidate for the European election in 2014, following a meeting of the Welsh Regional Selection College last weekend.

Kay was first elected as an MEP in 2009, when the Conservative Party created modern history by topping the polls in Wales for the first time with 21.2% of the vote.

On her reselection, Kay said: "I am delighted that the Welsh Conservatives have reselected me as their lead candidate for next year's European election.

“Since 2009 I have represented the people of Wales, fighting for the best interests of both individuals and businesses within the EU. 

“I look forward to contesting the European elections next May so as to continue working hard for Wales, and working with David Cameron to help reform our relationship with the European Union." 

Before entering politics, Kay had a successful career in investment banking which equipped her with an in-depth knowledge of the global financial markets, and she is currently the UK Conservative Spokesperson on Economic and Monetary Affairs in Brussels. 

Kay also acts as the European Conservatives and Reformists Group's co-ordinator on the Economics and Monetary Committee in the European Parliament and as co-ordinator on the Special Committee on the Financial, Economic and Social Crisis. 

Chairman of the Welsh Conservative Party, Cllr Jeff James, said: “The Welsh Conservative Party is delighted to reselect Kay Swinburne as our lead candidate for the European election next year. 

“Kay has been at the heart of the great work the Conservative Party has been undertaking in Brussels, ensuring the interests of Welsh people are both protected and delivered.” 

A Welsh-speaker, Kay was born and raised in Aberystwyth, Wales. She was educated at Llandysul Grammar School and went on to study Biochemistry and Microbiology at King's College London, followed by a Ph.D. in medical research and an MBA from the University of Surrey.