Assuming the chair shortly before 9pm, ECR colleague and former group leader Timothy Kirkhope rose on a "point of information" to congratulate Mr Chichester on his new position before the debate on "Changes to Schengen" continued.
Mr Chichester was only in the chair for an hour before closing the sitting for the evening but in that short time he did well passing the floor to various colleagues and showed promise by even managed to anger fellow South West MEP the Earl of Dartmouth less than five minutes into his chairmanship!
Mr Dartmouth, who after speaking for a minute and a half, appeared then to try to 'blue card' himself to gain further speaking time to effectively pose himself a question, but the chair was having none of it and passed the floor to another MEP (Georgios Papanikolaou). Click here to watch the exchange (WMV, 13MB).
However, such occasions in the seat will be limited for Mr Chichester as he only has a mandate for six months until January 2012. It is then that all the Parliament's senior posts, including the presidency currently held by Jerzy Buzek, the 14 vice-presidencies and the chairmanships of committees will be up for election and reappointment at the mid-term point of the seventh Parliamentary five-year term.
Click play below to watch Mr Kirkhope welcoming his ECR colleague to the chair. (Video from ECREuroParl/YouTube)
Hailing from the truly beautiful South West region of the UK, Andrew now works in Brussels and is a UK passport holder, European citizen, and a twice employee at the European Parliament.
While the EU in its current form is far from perfect, he is nonetheless firmly of the belief that the UK's prosperity and place in the world is best served as a member state and not as an isolated bystander.
Since October 2009, this blog seeks to document the work that our region's MEPs do for us in Brussels. As such, predictably, it rarely features UKIP.