The Labour member replaces long-serving Richard Howitt, who stepped down as an MEP after 22 years earlier this month. Ms Mayer previously worked for the British Heart Foundation and has managed Cambridge Labour MP, Daniel Zeichners parliamentary office since he was elected in 2015. She said: It is a huge honour and privilege to become Labour MEP for the East. After the tremendous disappointment of the Brexit vote, in many ways this is a strange time to be entering the European Parliament. However there is an important job of work to be done. As your MEP, Ill stand up for progressive values, Ill work to get the best deal we can for the East of England, - particularly when it comes to protecting jobs, the economy and living standards in our region. I pay tribute to my friend and colleague Richard Howitt who I am replacing. l know I have big shoes to fill.