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Why I’m standing for election as Chair of European Movement UK
At noon on 20th March, voting closes for the election of a new national Chair for the European Movement – our country’s most crucial pro-Europe organisation. I decided to put myself forward for the position – because I believe that I have the skills & experience needed to take our great movement forward.
Why Mike can take the movement forward
- He is one of Britain’s most experienced pro-Europe campaigners – with an unbroken track record at grassroots and national levels
- Proactive, innovative and organised – fully committed to re-joining the EU
- Conventional media experience and vast social media reach
- A passionate pro-European with the ideas and strategies to help build our movement
- Exciting plans for membership growth, branch network expansion, civil society outreach and a parliamentary presence.
European Movement: The way ahead
- Between 30-44% of people still think that the UK was right to leave the EU
- Between 49-61% now think it was wrong to leave (and this is only stably >50% with some polling companies since early January).
- Up to 21% have not yet made up their minds
- And only 46% want a rejoin referendum in the next 5 years (a figure that rises, in at least one poll, to over 50% who would like a referendum within the next 10 years)
- I will aim to systematically launch a substantial number of new EM branches in localities where there currently aren’t any. At present many of our 17,500 members don’t live near a local branch. So we must begin to more effectively organise members by locality. This also empowers national clusters like Wales for Europe and European Movement in Scotland, as well as regional clusters.
- I also plan to develop a range of new and innovative ways to substantially increase our membership and supporter numbers – so that we can become a genuinely mass movement. We need to advertise our existence in some key places.
- A key part of generating the enthusiasm to create new branches, and attracting surging numbers of new members, will need to be a big increase in our media profile – in the press, on radio/TV and via social media. In order to do that, I plan to bring much more volunteer activity into our research and media outreach structures – particularly on local levels – to systematically find & generate awareness at all levels of media from national to hyper-local.
- We also need to build links and alliances with other civil society etc organisations (trades unions, business bodies, youth, women, faith, cultural and other organisations) – and I will aim to set up specific structures to achieve those pairings and cross-overs.
Dr. Mike Galsworthy