Diana Paulette Wallis (born 28 June 1954 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire) was a British Liberal Democrat Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Yorkshire and the Humber. Wallis was first elected in 1999 and re-elected in 2004 and in 2009. She resigned her seat in January 2012.
Wallis was elected Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the European Parliament 2000–2004 and then following the resignation of Chris Davies MEP she was re-elected Leader in 2006 a post she held till January 2007. She then became the first British female of any political persuasion in twenty years to be elected to the post of Vice President of the European Parliament, as well as being the first British Liberal Democrat to do so.
Until Spring 2007, she was Chairwoman of the delegation for relations with Switzerland, Iceland and Norway and the European Economic Area (EEA) Joint Parliamentary Committee and remains a full member of that Committee. Throughout her time as an MEP, Wallis has authored 28 full reports excluding purely technical, and 16 opinions, asked 40 written and oral questions of the Commission and Council (during Parliament 2004-2009 term). She successfully passed two written declarations – one in 2007 on the European Emergency Number 1-1-2 (which achieved 530 MEP signatures, which is the record so far), and one in 2008 on Emergency cooperation in recovering missing children.
On 30 November 2011 Wallis announced her intention to stand for the position of President of the European Parliament as an independent candidate on the basis of nomination by 40 MEPs from different political groups. On 19 January 2012, at the half term point of the mandate, Wallis announced her resignation, which took effect from 31 January 2012.
Other candidates were Martin Schulz and Nirj Deva. Martin Schulz was elected as anticipated pursuant to the agreement between political groups, Wallis obtained 141 votes.
March 21, 2012