Following an all-member ballot, the European Movement UK has elected Mike Galsworthy as its new chair.
Congratulating the co-founder of Scientists for EU, whose social media posts about Brexit have won him a wide audience, interim chair Molly Scott Cato said: “Mike laid out an ambitious plan to accelerate the growth of the European Movement. I am excited to see where he takes our campaign. I know his enthusiasm and commitment to our ‘step by step to rejoin’ strategy will help solidify our established and growing movement.”
She added: “Brexit still risks forever and fundamentally changing the direction and character of our country for the worse. The European Movement is the only organisation with the courage to expose the calamity of Brexit and win the battle for the soul of our country.”
In a statement and on social media, Galsworthy said: “I have so many ambitions for our community. We are an incredible community with so much more to give.”
“I will be there with you – accessible to you all as we take this on together. It will be hard work, but we are veterans already and we know how to campaign. We run on passion and we have the grit. So now let us build, build, build. Let us get to work.”
Galsworthy won a race that included Baroness Patience Wheatcroft (a former editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, former editor of The Sunday Telegraph and now an unaffiliated peer) and Tom Brake (director of Unlock Democracy and a former Liberal Democrat MP who served as the party’s foreign affairs and Brexit spokesman).
Last week, in The New European, Galsworthy outlined the kind of Britain he wanted to see and how he wanted the European Movement to lead it. Now, he has the opportunity to lead this charge.