Bucks MEP named on ‘influential’ list alongside Bank of England governor

Sharon Bowles MEP
Sharon Bowles MEP

An Euro-MP with close links to Aylesbury has been named on a list of the top 10 most influential financial regulators.

Sharon Bowles MEP, a Lib Dem who represents Bucks in the European Parliament, was named on the list by Financial News, a leading industry newspaper.

Begun in 2005, the FN100 Most Influential list ranks, by category, the most influential people in European finance and is based on industry data and anecdotal evidence.

Also on the list of top regulators are Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney, European Central Bank President, Mario Draghi, and EU Internal Market Commissioner, Michel Barnier.

Mrs Bowles, who chairs the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee and was a shortlisted candidate for the Governor of the Bank of England job, said: “Being on the FN100 Most Influential list is recognition by the industry of the leading role the European Parliament and my committee plays in legislation.

“At a time when disgruntled Eurosceptics are calling for us to leave Europe I say we should not turn our backs on the EU and all the benefits membership brings, such as access to the Single Market.

“I strongly believe we need British politicians to play a more positive and active role in European politics and that means getting stuck in, not shrinking to the side-lines.”

Mrs Bowles used to live in Aylesbury and unsuccessfully stood in the constituency against Tory David Lidington in the 1992 and 1997 general elections.