Ex-EU Parliament Vice President Lib Dem West Worcestershire candidate - The Evesham Observer

Ex-EU Parliament Vice President Lib Dem West Worcestershire candidate

Evesham Editorial 7th May, 2017 Updated: 7th May, 2017   0

THE LIBERAL Democrats have selected a former Vice President of the European Parliament as their candidate to contest the West Worcestershire seat.

Edward McMillan-Scott, who served as an MEP for 30 years, will be one of Harriett Baldwin’s main challengers in the snap General Election to be held on Thursday, June 8.

A Pro-European, McMillan-Scott represented Yorkshire and Humber in the European Parliament from 1984 until 2014 and in that time led the Conservative group of MEPs for four years. He also served as Vice-President of the European Parliament for 10 years, with a focus on democracy and human rights.

In 2009 he dramatically quit the Conservatives in protest at David Cameron’s decision to align his party in the EU Parliament with ‘anti-federalist’ MEPS. A year later, McMillan-Scott joined the Liberal Democrats.




He is also the Patron of the European Movement, set up by Winston Churchill in 1947, which aims to promote greater understanding of the EU within the UK.

Speaking following his selection, Mr McMillan-Scott said: “It is a real honour to stand in a parliamentary election in Worcestershire, where my maternal family has lived and farmed since we moved from Yorkshire in the 18th century, first to Longdon, near Upton-on Severn and then to Wick, near Pershore.


“I have lived in Wick since my marriage to Henrietta and we brought up our two daughters here.”

The Liberal Democrat candidate also supports the idea of a second referendum on the final Brexit deal.

“The Conservatives are split on the issue and we must oppose them as Theresa May moves towards a hugely damaging Hard Brexit, with no opposition from Labour,” he added.

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