About John

John Howarth is a businessman and an experienced elected representative. He has twice before been a candidate for the European Parliament.

John served the community in Basingstoke, Reading, Berkshire and across South East England in various roles since the mid-1980s. John has a track record of successful projects and of winning improvements for his constituents and the areas he has served.

John’s politics were shaped by his family background.

“My parents were Labour supporters, but my grandfather was the biggest influence on my thinking. His life had been undeniably hard – the trenches of World War 1 and the mines – but he was a clever, self-educated man who had respect from everyone he knew. It was fascinating to listen to him talk about politics and though he never attempted to persuade me of his view he undoubtedly inspired me. His view of Europe was unequivocal – ‘We should have been in from the start’, he would tell me”, says John.

John became involved with Labour during the first election of 1974. In 1977 he became the first member of his family to go to University, studying Economics.

After University, John worked for Labour for six years, four across the South East England Region. During that time he visited every Westminster constituency driving many thousands of miles and visiting all the major towns and cities as well as many of the villages.

“My time travelling round South East England for Labour is proving remarkably useful! I don’t really need a SatNav gadget – I seem to remember most places I’ve visited”.

After working for Labour John worked in the fast-growing computer software industry in Basingstoke, setting up his own design and communications business in 1993. As well as running the company John has been involved in journalism and has worked as a guest lecturer.  

John is married with two grown up children and a teenage step-daughter. He has many interests from sport to cooking and has an active interest in music.

John says, “I think it is best to assume one has only one life and so it makes sense to cram in as much as possible. I also find it helps no to take yourself too seriously.”