Biography of Sir Graham Watson
Sir Graham Watson MEP is President of the Europe-wide Liberal Democrat Party, the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. He is also the Chairman of a global network of legislators who work to achieve the switch from fossil fuels to green energy called The Climate Parliament.
Graham was born in Rothesay, Scotland, on 23 March 1956. Educated at The City of Bath Boys' School and at Heriot-Watt University he holds a BA honours degree in Modern Languages and is a qualified interpreter and translator.
Prior to his election to the European Parliament in 1994 Graham's 15 year career included work as a freelance professional, work in the public sector and work in the private sector. In his parliamentary career he has chaired the European Parliament's Committee on Justice and Home Affairs, Citizens' Rights and Freedoms (1999-2001) and has led Parliament's Liberal Democrat Group (2002-09). He currently chairs Parliament's Delegation for Relations with India.
Graham Watson is married to Dr Rita Giannini: they have one daughter and one son. He has published many books including 'Building a Liberal Europe' (John Harper, 2010). He was knighted in 2011.