Jean Lambert, a former teacher from Walthamstow, East London, has been London’s Green MEP since 1999.
“Since my election in 1999 I have been able to add to the growing Green voice in Brussels and Strasbourg, placing the priorities of Londoners at the heart of my work. Though the Green voice is small, it is loud and growing louder. As voters reject traditional parties in ever-growing numbers, it is the responsibility of those of us whose visions of a sustainable future for London cut across left and right to ensure they remain served by European democracy.” Jean Lambert MEP
Jean is one of the UK’s two Green MEPs and one of eight cross party MEPs representing the Greater London region. Jean is uniquely able to bring a radical Green perspective to European debates on issues that matter most to London.
Jean is in a strong position to share her experience of London with Greens from across Europe, draw on the best practice found elsewhere and influence the group’s priorities and voting behaviour.
“As a Londoner, I am committed to making our city a fair, socially inclusive and sustainable city – and as an MEP I am committed to representing all Londoners in the European Parliament.” Jean Lambert MEP
Parliamentary Groups and Committees
Jean is involved with a number of committees in the European Parliament. She is:
- a member of The Employment and Social Affairs Committee working on issues including immigration, social inclusion, workers’ rights and social security.
- a substitute member of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee.
- Vice President of three cross-party Parliamentary Intergroups including; the Intergroup on Ageing; the Intergroup on Anti-poverty and the Intergroup on Anti-racism and Diversity. She is also a member of the Intergroups on Disability and Gay and Lesbian rights.
- the spokesperson on asylum and refugees for the Green group. She was Rapporteur on the Parliament’s latest asylum report.
Jean’s work in London
Jean Lambert has been an active member of the UK Green Party since 1977 and was Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales from 1992-93 and 1998-99. Jean was chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994.
Since her election Jean has developed a close working relationship with community groups, NGO’s, trade unions and policy makers across the capital. By visiting projects, organising and speaking at conferences, responding to public consultations and listening to Londoners’ concerns she has been able to ensure the capitals voice is at the front of European Policy making on key issues ranging from social security and social inclusion to asylum and immigration, from energy and sustainability to human rights and peace.
Her special interests include Democracy and Human Rights, Refugee Rights, Anti-discrimination and Social Inclusion and aiding the development of a Green employment strategy. She has also written a book on Green politics, “No Change? No Chance.”