Syed Kamall has been Conservative MEP for London since 2005. He is the most senior elected British politician in Brussels, leading the European Conservatives and Reformists Group – the third largest of the eight political groups in European Parliament.
He is fiercely proud of his native London, which he always calls the greatest city in the world.
Syed is passionate about politics as a force for good and sits on the advisory board of the Centre for Social Justice, which is the forefront of identifying the most effective ways to tackle poverty and other social problems.
In London, Syed campaigns on a huge variety of issues from London’s technology economy to local community projects. He works with local community projects tackling poverty and social problems, encouraging greater financial awareness among young people through his work with charities such as MyBnk, and working with organisations such as Cleansheet, which helps prisoners reintegrate into society. He is currently setting up a crowdfunding platform aimed at helping people out of poverty by giving them small grants to set up a business.
In Brussels, as well as his high profile role as group leader he sits on the influential Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee, where he fights hard to ensure that the City of London is not over-regulated. He also works on the Committee on International Trade, which gives him scope to push forward a vigorous and open trade agenda.
Syed lives in South West London with his wife and their two sons, who both attend state schools in the capital.
In his rare moments of leisure in London he spends time with his family. In Brussels, he occasionally plays electric bass in a band covering Hendrix numbers and blues classics.