NEWS ARCHIVE

13 Sept: EUROPEAN MOVEMENT DOUBLES BRANCHES

Edward addressed an inaugural meeting of the new West Mercia branch of the European Movement - founded by Winston Churchill - in Malvern on September 13. He said that at the recent meeting of the long-established cross-party movement's national council  it was reported that its branch network had doubled in recent months. The movement is also aligned with Britain for Europe, Healthier in EU and Scientists for EU.

2 September: Malvern moves for Europe: Edward McMillan-Scott, Patron of the European Movement (centre) joined Giselle Edgar, John Pole (in T-shirts) and other members of the newly-formed West Mercia branch at the action day in Malvern on September 2.

Different teams handed out leaflets from Healthier in the EU, now affiliated to the European Movement, recruited new members and conducted a survey.

Edward fought "home" constituency in snap General Election

Edward McMillan-Scott - for 30 years a Yorkshire & Humber MEP - was asked by the West Worcestershire Liberal Democrats to be their candidate for the 'snap' June 8 General Election. The sitting Conservative had a majority of 22,578, which was cut to 21,328 and Edward moved the Liberal Democrat placing from fourth to third. He said:

"I was pleased to give voters a serious choice in this so-called Brexit election in Worcestershire, where my maternal family has lived and farmed since we moved from Yorkshire in the 18th century. My family home has been in Worcestershire since my marriage to Henrietta and we brought up our two daughters here." Statement

Convention on Brexit comes at a crucial time

A Convention on Brexit and the Political Crash is to be held at Central Hall, Westminster on May 12-13. The event is organised by Henry Porter, a well-known journalist - and UK editor of Vanity Fair - who organised the Convention on Modern Liberty in 2009. The intention is "to hold the debate on the real impact of Brexit that is missing from Parliament".

A Mission Statement explains the format and quotes Abraham Lincoln's 1862 "Think anew, act anew" speech, as well as listing the committee, including Edward McMillan-Scott.

The Convention will take place after elections in France and local elections in the UK on May 4. Tickets are available here.


3 January 2017: The Times gives top billing to Edward's letter explaining that the European Movement, of which he is a Patron. will continue camapigning for full parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process under its new chairman, former Health Secretary Rt Hon Stephen Dorrell.

In addition, the European Movement will campaign for an "outcome" referendum on the final deal, if it can be achieved. Read here

Edward later posted a letter to The Times dated May 26 1975 from Kenneth Lindsay, a University MP (formerly National Labour) 1935-45 and early proponent of a European Parliament, on the eve of the June 4 1975 EC Referendum with the concluding paragraph:

"At least I can agree with Michael Foot and Enoch Powell [respectively hard Left and hard Right MPs opposing EC continued membership] on one point, though for utterly different reasons - democratic government is now at the crossroads in the Mother of Parliaments. It is time to clear up our own mess and help Europe by our example".

2 Dec: Edward announced his delight at the result of the Liberal Democrats' anti-Brexit by-election campaign in Richmond Park by tweeting a photo of himself outside the European Parliament's Brussels HQ as a new dawn for the anti-Brexit campaign.

Edward's letter to Richmond electors asked them to vote Liberal Democrat and said he'd left the Conservative party as it became more hard-line on Europe. Read here

30 Nov-2 Dec: Edward was at the European Parliament's Brussels HQ for two days of meetings about Brexit and the election for President of the European Parliament. He said that there was a certain malaise but most feel tha the UK's June vote was based on a misleading Leave campaign and was "suicidal". After existing EP President Martin Schulz was told by MEPs that they would not support him for a third term he announced a return to German domestic politics.


25 October: Edward gives opening talk of the new term to Warwick University's European Society: "The European Movement insists the fight against Brexit isn't over".

3 Sept 2016: Edward McMillan-Scott is campaigning, as a Patron of the European Movement, for a referendum on the final proposals resulting from the Brexit talks.

Here he is at the March for Europe with journalist Henry Porter

6 April 2016: Edward says government pamphlet is more crucial than the 1975 version.

Edward McMillan-Scott, aq patron of the European Movement, welcomed the government's decision to send a pamphlet explaining its position to all households:

"There is a widespread  demand for more information, as I discussed with the director of the European Movement last week."

Here is the 1975 government pamphlet

31 March 2016: Edward meets Euro Movement team at HQ

Edward visited the South Bank HQ of the European Movement UK to discuss its ongoing activities in support and coordination of the Remain campaign. He met Matthew Fulton, the director, and other colleagues.

Edward is a Patron and member of the European Movement's National Council. He was a deputy regional coordinator during the 1975 In or Out referendum.

26 January 2016: Edward addresses three Rotary Clubs on the forthcoming EU referendum.

Edward spoke at the annual joint dinner of three Worcestershire Rotary Clubs in his capacity of Patron of the European Movement, the UK's only non-party membership organisation campaigning for continued UK membership of the EU.

Edward recalled his activities as joint chair of the county's "Keep Britain in Europe" during the 1975 campaign and his speech noted the change in opinion towards 'Europe' over his 30 years as a Yorkshire & Humber MEP.

The meeting of 66 guests was chaired by Lynne Raymer, president of the Bredon Hill Rotary Club: the meeting was joined by Evesham aand Pershore clubs and was held at the Oak Inn, Defford.


13 Dec: Mail on Sunday reports Edward's warning that inquiry into Tatler Tory antics 'may be censored' here

Edward McMillan-Scott has written to Lord David Pannick , the liberal QC appointed by the Conservative Party to review the inquiry by solicitors Clifford Chance into the circumstances surrounding the death of young activist Elliott Johnson, warning that it may not be impartial.

"Whatever the reputation otherwise of Clifford Chance, their association in matters of this kind with the Conservative Party raises a range of issues."
 he wrote. Pannick has acknowledged the file sent by Edward.

Clifford Chance conducted a Freedom of Information inquiry into the Tory party's expulsion of Edward in 2009 - after his protest at David Cameron's controversial new EU grouping - without reason or justification, but the result, contained in four lever-arch files, had been so heavily 'redacted' as to make most of it meaningless (see typical example here)

The Mail on Sunday (13 December) carried Edward's warning in an article which shed further light on the antics of MArk Clarke, the 'Tatler Tory' alleged to have bullied Johnson before his death.

Edward attacks China at Westminster meeting

19 October 2015: Edward McMillan-Scott (below centre), former Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy and Human Rights, launched a strong attack at a Westminster meeting on China's Human Rights record as the country's president flew in the city for a five-day State Visit.

Speaking alongside representatives of a free Tibet, the Uyghurs and  Human Rights Watch, the meeting also heard from Dr Shao Jiang (R) and Bob Fu (L), director of China Aid, who are Tiananmen Square massacre survivors. Dr Shao was arrested and held for 24 hours by London police, while his home was searched. 

Edward speaks at Cotswold LibDem dinner

Edward is guest speaker at the Constituency Dinner of the Cotswold Liberal Democrats on Saturday 7 October. He will speak on the EU referendum and its iompact on the countryside. Read more

Edward elected to European Movement council

2 October 2015: In elections for the National Council of the UK European Movement, Edward was elected as one of 12 members of its National Council, which coordinates the day-to-day running in the run-up top the In/Out referendum. 

The non-party European Movement holds its AGM in London on 31 October. He was elected a Patron of the long-established pro-European body in 2014.

Edward Blacklisted by Putin is 'badge of honour'

31 May 2015: Edward was one of nine Britons apparently banned from travelling to Russia because of their opposition to Vladimir Putin, until 2018 the undisputed 'boss' of the corrupt plutocracy which rules his homeland. Read more here


Edward was singled out because, as award-winning Vice-President of the European Parliament for human rights and democracy 2004 - 2014, he was a singular critic of Putin and regular visitor to Russia to meet reformists, as the country slumped into a new totalitarianism.

A total of 89 politicians from across the EU have been banned: Edward is #45 on the list here

Edward stands as 'paper candidate'

7 May 2015: Edward was invited by the Liberal Democrats to stand as a 'safe pair of hands' against Yvette Cooper, the sitting MP in the Normanton, Pontefract & Castleford constituency in Yorkshire & Humber, where he had been a senior MEP for 30 years. 

This 'paper' candidature involved him in attending public meetings at which Cooper was present and the Count, as well as dealing with the media:

Constituency results here

UKIP absent as candidates meet the public

24 April 2015: The parliamentary candidates for the Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford seat - with the exception of the UKIP candidate - took part in a well-attended public hustings at St Giles Centre, Pontefract on Friday evening, 24 April. More details here

Election Hustings at New College, Pontefract

17 April 2015:Edward's participation in a cross-party Hustings at New College, Pontefract on Friday 17 April was part of the build-up to the General Election on May 7. Participants Yvette Cooper - the sitting MP, the Conservative's Beth Cooper and UKIP's Steve Ashton focussed on matters of interest to young people, some first-tiime voters.

Edward gets Certificate of Achievement from the Single Seat group: he is now Honorary Patron

Jan 28 2015: Edward has been made Honorary Patron of the cross-party campaign for a Single Seat for the European Parliament, which he founded in 2010 and which by 2014 under his chairmanship saw 78 per cent of MEPs voting to scrap their costly Strasbourg sessions.

At a packed meeting as the new European Parliament assembled for its first full session in its Brussels chamber, the new chair of Single Seat. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (EPP, Sweden) gave Edward a framed Certificate of Achievement. The citation read "For his everlasting commitment to the Single Seat and for his determination in making the European Parliament more efficient and closer to citizens."

Edward debates Hong Kong crackdown

Dec 3 2014: In a debate organised by the oldest society at the London School of Economics, Edward argued that Britain - and the EU - should take a resolute and principled approach to China's rough tactics against Hong Kong protests.

Speaking to the Grimshaw Club on the 30th anniversary of the UK-China agreement on Hong Kong's future, Edward laid out the diplomatic and commercial advantages of a reformed Hong Kong within a reformed China. A consistent critic of the Beijing regime since he wrote a ground-breaking report for the European Parliament's foreign affairs committee in 1996 - it led to the China-EU Human Rights dialogue - the former Vice-President of the European Parliament remains convinced that criticism of China's human rights record should be a universal policy for the free world. Read his views here

Edward debates growth of religious extremism

Dec 3 2014: Edward was a pannellist at a an event the European Parliament UK Office organised to mark the awarding of the Sakharov Prize. The debate addressed religious and human rights and brought together academics, policy-makers, interest associations and journalists. Details here

Edward voted Patron of European Movement

Nov 22 2014: Edward was voted a Patron of the European Movement at its AGM in London. He said: "I am honoured and pleased, and look forward to putting forward the facts about our EU membership in the coming period". The same meeting saw Laura Sandys MP (C) and Richard Corbett MEP (Lab) take over as Chair and Vice-Chair respectively of the cross-party movement.

Edward wins York Uni debate on EU by 84-22

Nov 11 2014: In a debate on Armistice Day organised by the Student Union at the University of York Edward defeated a 'get Britain out' motion proposed by UKIP speaker Gawain Towler by 84 votes to 22.

As the audience entered they registered opposition to the motion "That this House believes Britain would be better off outside the EU" by 67-37. Edward said: "This shows that peoples' instincts are that we should stay in the EU and that reasoned debate makes them even more convinced." Read more in student newspaper Nouse here

Edward wins Parliament 2012 Outstanding Contribution Award

Edward has been given the Parliament magazine's 2012 Outstanding Contribution Award for his campaign to end the European Parliament's two-seat arrangement between Brussels and Strasbourg, costing €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.Read more here

Edward raises concerns over Yorkshire's lack of lobbying for EU funds

Edward McMillan Scott, Lib Dem MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber, said since the government's abolition the regional development agency Yorkshire Forward in 2010 there "is no longer a single voice speaking for the region's local authorities". Read more here

Edward welcomes Nobel Peace Prize for European Union

Commenting on the Nobel Peace Prize award to the EU for six decades of advancing peace in Europe, senior Lib Dem MEP Edward McMillan-Scott (Yorkshire & Humber), who has been the European Parliament's Vice-President responsible for democracy and human rights since 2004, said: "The Nobel Peace Prize for the EU is recognition of the transformative power of the European project that brought a war-torn continent back to prosperity and through its enlargement process helped to spread democracy and freedom to the former Soviet bloc and is a model for reform worldwide." Read more...

Edward challenges Tory Shipley MP in BBC debate on death penalty

On BBC TV’s Sunday Politics  Show Edward recently challenged  right-wing Tory MP Philip Davies  over his wish to see the death  penalty reintroduced in Britain.  Edward said: “Having successfully  campaigned for the release of a  young Leeds man from death row  in Pakistan I have  seen at first hand  the horrendous  nature of this
practice. Read more here

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Edward releases pamphlet detailing his fight for democracy and human rights reform worldwide

Edward produced a pamphlet detailing his fight for democracy and human rights reform worldwide in response to his constituents' interest in his work. Read the pamphlet here


Edward challenges growing Euro-scepticism in the UK

Edward McMillan-Scott is a long-standing pro-European. Speaking to Liberal Democrats in Leeds on 22 June, he commented on growing Euro-scepticism in the UK prompted by the Euro crisis, but referred to a recent report by Open Europe, a think tank  which is usually critical of the EU, which argues for continued British membership: in addition, an article by Boris’s younger brother Jo Johnson MP argues that the EU’s Single Market is critical to Britain’s economy. Lastly, he pointed to an analysis of the benefits of EU membership on his website. Read the analysis here

Edward slams 'meagre' fishing deal

Edward McMillan-Scott, who represents fishing communities from Whitby to Grimsby, slammed the fishing deal to emerge from European fisheries Ministerson 13 June as “meagre progress”.

Edward brought Hugh Fearnley- Whittingstall to the European Parliament to launch his ‘Fish Fight’ to a wider audience. The campaigning super-chef wants an end to the practice of 'discards' which forces fishermen to dump dead fish back in the sea if they have reached their quota for that particular fish. Read more here

 

IN THE MEDIA

30 September 2018 Sunday Telegraph Dominic Grieve calls for People's Vote

Dominic Grieve, former Conservative Attorney-General, has chosen the opening day of the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham to publish an appeal for a People's Vote. Edward comments: "When I was Leader of the 36 Conservative MEPs and on the Board of the party, we all stayed on the top floor of the Imperial Hotel in Blackpool. An early riser to attend the Strategy Committee's morning meetings, I noted that almost all the senior Conservatives take The Times!" Read Grieve's article here

18 September 2018: Edward slams Tory extremists for backing Orban in European Parliament vote

Edward spoke to an audience of 400 diplomats, NGOs and media at an event to mark the International Day of Democracy at the European Parliament in Brussels. He focussed on the Brexit referendum as a failed democratic experiment and reported a strong swing in favour of remaining in the EU.  Read here

Coordinating pro-EU activities: Where Next for Brexit?

June 2018: Edward McMillan-Scott has for several months coordinated all the UK's 'operational' pro-EU organisations and individuals in an informal forum blandly called Where Next for Brexit? - see Daily Mail 13 June splash here


7 Jan 2018:  Lord Mark Malloch Brown (left) a former Labour foreign minister and senior UN official, is seeking close cooperation between pro-EU groups in the UK, such as the European Movement, founded by Churchill in 1948, Open Britain (formerly Stronger In, the lead organisation for the Remain campaign) and Best for Britain, founded 2016, of which he is chair. Read more

8 Sept: As the EU Withdrawal Bill grinds on, pro-EU groups like Open Britain and the European Movement are working together across the country to challenge Hard Brexit: Edward McMillan-Scott writes. Read here


30 May 2017: Edward met Scottish-German chair of European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee David McAllister to discuss Brexit and 'Merkel's New World Order'
Read here


5 May 2017: The gloves are off as EU no-mates Theresa May plays Boudicca with Brussels over Brexit - but the all-important French presidential election takes place on Sunday
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3 April 2017: UK has often mocked the European Parliament, but it will have the final say on the Brexit deal, says Edward, pictured here with chief EU negotiator Michel Barnier (l) Read here


9 Dec 2016: After a visit to Brussels, where he met key players in the scrutiny of Brexit, and a debate in the House of Commons on Article 50, Edward wrote about the need for a close watch on parliamentary scrutiny. Read here



1 June 2016 The Brexiteers bible - 'Why Vote Leave' by Daniel Hannan MEP, whose political hero is Enoch Powell. Hannan has campaigned full-time for the UK to leave the EU since 1999. Here Edward gives the facts and shows what the book leaves out: read here



21 June 2016 Turkey's EU membership will remain in the EU’s deep freeze, whatever Leave claims: read here


24 Feb 2016:

Edward McMillan-Scott: Making the case for Britain as a strong force in Europe: read here


11 February 2016: Edward McMillan-Scott - the first outside politician to get to the Egyptian revolution - writes in the Brussels Parliament Magazine on its fifth anniversary.    Read here


9 October 2015: Edward writes on the day of Angela Merkel's visit to Chequers for talks with David Cameron that he should not rely on her too much to deliver his 'renegotiation'. Read here

23 September 2015: Edward writes about the turning tide of public opinion on Brexit in the UK as the Labour Party meets under its new leader, Jeremy Corbyn. Read here

1 July 2015: Edward writes 'Europe's populists: a present and rising danger'. Read here

 29 June 2015: Edward replies to an unsubstantiated attack on the EU by Mathew Parrish in The Times Letters to the Editor. Read here

Edward writes on 16 June 2015: "Is Red Card for MPs over EU laws necessary or feasible?" Read here 

Published on 7 January 2015, Edward writes on the 'Embarassing link between Cameron and Germany's anti-Islamist movement'  Read here

Edward writes in Yorkshire Post 15 November 2014 "John Major adds new ingredient to EU debate" about the former premier's Berlin speech. Read here

Edward writes 31 May 2014:  "Proud to have served our region in Europe"

THIS has been a turbulent week in British politics. The United Kingdom Independence Party insurgency was predicted –but the reality was even more striking. Read more here

Bernard Dineen writes 20 Mar 2010: "Own goal as Tories force out a decent man"

Edward writes in Yorkshire Post: We should end Europe's indefensible travelling circus

WHEN I was handed the 2012 MEP Award for “Outstanding Contribution” in Brussels last week – top recognition by the Parliament magazine, sister to Westminster’s House magazine – it was seen as a major boost to my campaign for a single seat for the European Parliament.
Absurdly, the parliament is still forced by EU governments to shuttle between its Brussels base and Strasbourg, where it spends four days a month, costing at least an additional £150m and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 each year. Read more here...


Edward writes guest editorial in The Parliament Magazine: Support for Strasbourg seat eroding

As the summer draws to a close, MEPs and assistants settle back into day-to-day life at the European parliament. We all begin to prepare for the laborious trek from our working base in the Belgian capital, to inaccessible Strasbourg. This anachronistic arrangement wastes some €180m every year, and 19,000 tonnes of CO2. But there are clear signs that the parliament and member states are ready to challenge the cost and inefficiency involved. Read more here...

Edward comments on cracks found in Brussels building

Edward reacted to the news that cracks have been found in the debating chamber of Parliament's Brussels building. Watch the segment here...

Edward writes in Lib Dem Voice: "Our voice on human rights is amplified by the EU "

The Coalition pledge to put human rights at the heart of our foreign policy is bearing fruit. Thanks especially to pressure from the European Parliament – where as Vice-President for democracy and human rights I have lobbied hard – and the Foreign Office, civil society, the EU’s 27 governments recently adopted a comprehensive new approach. Jeremy Browne, our excellent minister for human rights, and I co-authored a recent article published by the Independent explaining the background of the ambitious new EU Human Rights package. Read more here...

Edward comments on Cameron's EU dilemmas

David Cameron's referendum pledge is full of hedged bets. His article in the Sunday Telegraph says: "As we get closer to the end point, we will need to consider how best to get the full-hearted support of the British people whether it in a general election or in a referendum." He adds:"As I have said, for me the two words 'Europe' and 'referendum' can go together... but let us get the people a choice first." So it is the latter point that is more significant. In other words, Cameron wants a renegotiation of our commitment to EU social, home affairs and employment policies. Read more here...

Edward comments on the fading support for the Parliament's 'anachronistic' Strasbourg seat arrangement

As European Union leaders met in Brussels at last week's summit on the crisis, MEPs were preparing for this week's trek from our working base in the Belgian capital to inaccessible Strasbourg. This anachronistic arrangement wastes some €180m every year and 18,000 tonnes of CO2. But there are clear signs that the European Parliament, its staff and some member states are ready to challenge the cost and inefficiency involved. Read more here...

Edward McMillan-Scott and Jeremy Browne: "The EU can amplify our human rights pledge"

The Coalition Government's promise to put human rights at the heart of Britain's diplomacy is being fulfilled daily. The EU's High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Cathy Ashton, has unveiled a comprehensive new approach to human rights worldwide, with our full support. Read more here...

Edward McMillan-Scott: Politicians left in quandary as EU confronts its financial failure

David Cameron's warning of "stagnation" at the G20 summit is aimed squarely at eurozone leaders. Europe is in a state of suspended animation as its most significant joint project - the euro - apparently for now continues to create more problems than it solves. Read more...

Edward calls for increased transparency in the European Parliament

Edward writes a letter to European Voice, criticising the decision of a minority of MEPs to water down proposals to improve the transparency of MEPs' activities, and calls for The Parliament's leadership to review this decision prior to the European elections  in 2014. Read the letter here

Edward comments on European Parliament calendar  case in ECJ 

5 June: As the European Parliament defended  its vote to merge two October parliamentary sessions into one week in Strasbourg to save costs at a public hearing in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, Edward commented:

"The European Parliament's principal base of activity is in Brussels, now the administrative and political centre of the EU. The additional cost of meeting in Strasbourg is about €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. Since last year MEPs have consistently voted by large majorities for a Single Seat to cut costs and this case is a step on the way." Read more  here

Edward writes article calling for a Single Seat of the European Parliament

11May: Members of the European Parliament are repeatedly voting by overwhelming majorities to end what was described in a front page article in The New York Times as a "travelling circus", and the European Parliament's staff also want a single seat. Voting to clear the accounts for 2010 on May 10, during a Brussels plenary session, MEPs yet again voted for a single working location. Read more here...

Edward writes in Lib Dem News: Local growth through EU funds

27 April: As  Britons  vote  in  next  week’s  local  elections,  few  realise  that  local  authorities deliver  and  manage  EU  funds.  While  I  have  been  canvassing  across  my  region  in recent weeks, it  is clear that politics are indeed local. But in one respect, ‘I am  from Brussels and I am here to help’ rings true. Read more here...

Human Rights must define Ireland's relationship with China

Edward comments on Ireland's human rights record and recommends an approach to China: “The country is a well known haven for human rights defenders, often also negotiating important UN resolutions to ensure their protection. It pays a great deal of attention to the smaller human rights projects and more difficult cases, often ignored by larger states.

China this month paid lip service to the need for reform, while thousands are still being persecuted. “Followers of Falun Gong are vanished, imprisoned and tortured, and yet the US refuses to take a firm line with China. This is why Ireland, with its strong record on human rights, must continue its pressure on China. As in the story of David and Goliath, the small can vanquish the large, as long as they are smart." Read more here...

Human Rights in Russia under fire on eve of election

Edward slams Russia for its 'shameful' record on human rights and alleged persecution of religious groups, drawing particular attention to Falun Gong, the practice of which is now blacklisted in both Russia and China. Read more...

 Spark of liberty flickers as Arab Spring hopes fade

The international community – except China and Russia – recognise that the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia will continue to need intensive care. The spirit of freedom cannot be crushed in Syria and Yemen and I believe that Europe should be using every means to support the revolutions there, short of military involvement. Read more here...

The fading spirit of the Arab Spring

As the first outside politician to reach post-Mubarak Egypt, Edward gives his appraisal of the revolution one year on. Read the article on politics.co.uk here

McMillan-Scott lambasts China for its 'abhorrent' record

Speaking in parliament on Wednesday, the ALDE MEP also advocated an Arab Spring-style "Chinese revolution".

The deputy was addressing an event celebrating the 10th anniversary of New Tang Dynasty, an independent Chinese language TV channel. Read more here...

EU urged 'not to bow' to China's demands over Taiwan

Senior MEP Edward McMillan-Scott has welcomed the outcome of Taiwan's recent presidential elections, saying they could pave the way for better ties with mainland China. Read more here...

BBC Radio 4's World Tonight

16 December 2011: Edward says Cameron's EU summit posture is 'bizarre' on  Listen here

Cameron is a danger to the UK:

At about 3.30 on the morning of David Cameron's fateful decision to veto a new EU treaty to sustain the euro, the PM apparently called George Osborne. Osborne is not only chancellor but was also Cameron's chief tactician and adviser during the opposition years. I sat on his election strategy committee. I suspect that Cameron not only discussed the economic implications of a veto, but also the politics – and especially the effect on the coalition and the chances of winning a 'Union Jack' election outright on a eurosceptic manifesto. Then he went back into the EU summit, exercised his veto – and only then called Nick Clegg. Read more here...

Parliament.com:

Edward expresses his views of Cameron's eurosceptic posture following the EU Summit on 9 December. Read more...

Cameron's Euro dilemma examined by Edward in this Yorkshire Post feature article: Read here...

Edward McMillan-Scott: Europe is back at the heart of politics, so let's not forget the benefits it brings. The issue of Europe is once again at the heart of British politics, pushed there by a combination of concern about the fate of the euro - the currency of our biggest market - and demands by eurosceptics for an 'in or out' referendum. Read more...

Euronews: Edward discusses the impact of Eurosceptics on the Euro crisis and tells Euronews (October 25, 2011) that in order to curb the rise of extreme right political parties and Euroscepticism in Europe we need to restate the case for the European Union and recognise the benefits of the Euro. Watch here...

                                  The EU is not a walking disaster: I cannot deny that the public mood is eurosceptic but it is ill-informed. David Cameron must be regretting his casual leadership pledge to withdraw from the European mainstream European People’s Party, the political family of Angela Merkel and Nicolas Sarkozy. The gesture was without merit and now mitigates his effectiveness as premier. His pledge was made to secure the votes of the ‘Better Off Out’ MPs, the very ones who are now harrying him over the EU referendum. Read more...

Self-immolation
of Tibetan monks and nuns: Edward and other members of the European Parliament have written a letter for a strong EU response to the ongoing situation in the Sichuan province of China, where so far eight monks and one nun have self-immolated in protest against the continued Chinese occupation of Tibet. Read more...

BBC 'Newsnight':  Edward discusses the decision to hold a debate and vote on a referendum on the UK's relationship with the EU. Watch here...

BBC Daily Politics Show: Edward attacks the Eurosceptics as unpatriotic on Daily Politics (8 September, 2011). Watch here...

 Edward McMillan-Scott: Forget the Tory sceptics and focus on the real euro issue - Cameron's plan to put the UK into the EU's second tier. Read more...