Midland’s North West MEP Mairead McGuinness has today been voted in as one of the new Vice Presidents of the European Parliament.

The election of 14 Vice Presidents of the European Parliament took place today, the first day of sitting of the new Parliament. Mairead was elected on the first count, after she received 441 votes today.

Mairead is one of 11 Irish MEPs who took their seats today in Strasbourg, one of four Fine Gael MEPs. Mairead has served on the European Parliament’s Agriculture and Rural Development Committee and the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety. She was initially elected as an MEP in 2004, before being re-elected in 2009 and again this year.

Earlier in the day Martin Schulz was elected President of the European Parliament. He is group leader of the Socialists and Democrats and has been an MEP since 1994.

Mairead and Fine Gael are part of the European People’s Party (EPP), the largest political association in Europe.