Edward McMillan-Scott is a British politician who has been a Conservative,  Independent and Liberal Democrat MEP. He is a Patron of the non-party European Movement, campaigning for a People's Vote on any Brexit Deal. He has raised over £1m for the campaign. He coordinates the pro-EU groups in a forum called Where Next for Brexit? See here

Edward was a pro-European Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Yorkshire & Humber 1984 - 2014 and was Leader of the 36 Conservative MEPs 1997-2001. He was elected a Vice-President of the European Parliament four times 2004-2014

He left the Conservatives in protest at David Cameron's controversial new EU alliance after the June 2009 Euro-election, sat as an Independent for eight months then as a Liberal Democrat MEP from March 2010 - 2014

He was an award-winning Vice-President for Democracy and Human Rights, and founded the world's largest dedicated programme after the fall of the Berlin Wall. He is on the Advisory Board of China Aid. He is one of eight Britons on Putin's visa blacklist. For a synopsis of his work read here

Democracy and Human Rights Edward founded the world's largest human rights and democracy programme - the EIDHR - after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It continues to operate, often in secret, in the world's most difficult territories

Edward believes in 'being there' and travels widely to meet reformists and dissidents. After this visit to Beijing in 2006, all his contacts were arrested, imprisoned, and in most cases tortured. He campaigned for their release

Single Seat for European Parliament 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 (Edward chairs a parliament session there, right). This anachronism costs €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 every year. He is now Honorary Patron of Single Seat

Opposing the Rise of the Right Edward has long studied totalitarianism and opposed the Soviet system and more recently the Beijing regime, the most brutal one-party state in world history. He often writes about the rise of the Right in Europe

He has become alarmed at the rise of disguised extremism and forms of neo-Fascism across Europe. 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 European election in 2014 confirmed this trend, with about 30% of MEPs elected from right-wing or extremist parties