Educated at The King's School, Worcester, Ashley studied law at Bristol Polytechnic before working for a year as an English assistant in France. He took his solicitors finals at Chester College of Law. After completing his articles, he qualified as a Solicitor in 1994.
Before being elected as a MEP Ashley Fox worked for 15 years as a Solicitor in Bristol, specialising in Insurance Litigation. He was a Partner at Badhams Thompson and an Associate at Morgan Cole.
From 1998 -2000 Ashley was Chairman of Bristol West Conservative Association. He stood as the Conservative candidate for Bath at the General Election in 2001. In 2002 he was elected as Councillor for Westbury-on-Trym on Bristol City Council, a position he held for 8 years.
Ashley lives in Bristol with his wife and two children.
Ashley was first elected to the European Parliament in 2009 and was re-elected in 2014.
Ashley was elected as Leader of the Conservative MEPs in November 2014. As a British Conservative he is a member of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group (ECR) where he served as Chief Whip from 2010 - 2014.
In 2011/12 Ashley was rapporteur on Corporate Governance in Financial Institutions.
In 2016 he was the shadow rapporteur for energy efficiency labelling
Ashley is a member of the Industry, Research & Energy Committee and the Economic & Monetary Affairs Committee in the European Parliament.
In the EU Parliament he is a supporter of efforts to scrap the arrangements in which the European Parliament holds sessions in both Strasbourg and Brussels. As part of this campaign he co-authored the Fox-Hafner report which received widespread support in changing the official position of the Parliament in favour of having a single seat in Brussels.
He has campaigned on numerous Animal Welfare causes such as against puppy smuggling and has supported the Dogs Trust UK as well as BirdLife Malta in its campaign against the hunting of migrating birds.
In 2011 Ashley opposed plans by the Environment Agency to move the sea defences a mile inland to create salt marshes and mudflats between Clevedon and Kewstoke.
During the controversy to build an offshore wind farm off the Jurassic Coast in Dorset that was finally rejected by the UK government Ashley was one of the most vocal opponents.
Ashley has campaigned for a fairer tax system for South West cider makers.
In February 2016 an EU rule-concession for rod and line fishermen in Dorset was won after interventions from the MEP.
Ashley regularly visits Gibraltar and meets with representatives of the Gibraltarian Government. He supported the intervention and efforts of the European Commission during the border row in 2013. He supports Gibraltar's right to self-determination.