Victoria Grace Ford is a British Conservative Party politician. She is a former Member of the European Parliament for the East of England (2009–17), who was elected as the Member of Parliament (MP) for Chelmsford in the June 2017 general election.
Ford was elected as Conservative Party Member of the European Parliament for East of England in the 2009 European Parliament election. She was a member of the Bureau of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group and a member of the Parliament’s delegation for relations with China.As an MEP, Ford was the rapporteur for the Parliament on reforms to firearms laws, offshore oil and gas safety and the fiscal framework directive which seeks to increase transparency and accountability of public spending. She was a lead negotiator on the Horizon 2020 fund for research and on bank capital requirements, deposit guarantee schemes and residential mortgages. She campaigned to reduce bureaucracy for business, to reduce the EU budget and to end the Strasbourg two-seat circus.
From 2009–2014 she was a member of the European Parliament Industry, Research and Energy Committee and the Economic and Monetary Affairs committee.
From 2014–2017 she was Chair of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) Committee, one of the most powerful economic committees of the Parliament, focusing on digital policy and unlocking trade opportunities for services and goods.
Ford was elected as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Chelmsford at the 2017 general election. On 21 June 2017, Ford made her maiden speech in the Queen’s speech debate, the first of the 2017 intake to do so.