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Former Liberal Democrat MEP for Yorkshire & Humber and Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy & Human Rights
Edward was not re-elected in the May 2014 European Elections: UKIP now has three MEPs in Yorkshire & Humber, Labour two and the Conservatives one seat. Full results here
Of 12 Liberal Democrat MEPs, only one, Catherine Bearder (S.E. Region) was returned. For inquiries her email is Catherine.Bearder@ep.europa.eu
Much of Edward's work was focused on constituency issues, but as Vice-President of the European Parliament and Britain's most senior MEP, he used his influence to pursue campaigns with an EU or worldwide scope. He was responsible for Democracy and Human Rights, Transatlantic Relations and the Sakharov Network.
As part of his portfolio as Vice-President responsible for Democracy and Human Rights and the Sakharov Prize Network, Edward welcomed Pakistani female education activist and 2013 Sakharov Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to the European Parliament to collect her prize.
Edward chaired the Single Seat campaign which aims at moving all the European Parliament’s activities to Brussels. The current arrangement sees MEPs, staff and assistants having to meet twelve times per year at the parliament's official 'Seat' in Strasbourg. This anachronism costs €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Edward has long studied totalitarianism and opposed the Soviet system and more recently the Beijing regime. Through his family's background, he was alarmed at the rise of disguised extremism and forms of neo-Fascism. TIME magazine's cover story after the European elections of 2009 reported that Europe had made a far right turn, covering the rise of the right in ten EU countries. The election of May 2014 has confirmed this trend
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