20 reasons to vote for Mike

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20 reasons to vote for Mike

  • Mike has seven years of frontline pro-Europe anti-Brexit campaigning experience (He founded Scientists for EU, Healthier in the EU, co-founded Peoples Vote, has worked with the European Movement for the past several years). Co-organised and spoke at many pro-Europe events around the country, including marches and rallies in Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester & Edinburgh. Over the past year he has worked for EM as a consultant, firstly on campaigns and strategy – and then as an outreach ‘ambassador’. Its important that EM’s next Chair has had substantial involvement in our movement – and a reasonable knowledge of it.
  • He is fully committed to European Movement’s ‘step-by-step to rejoin’ strategy
  • Founded the Bylines regional pro-European newspaper network (which now has nine papers nationwide)
  • Has given talks to literally dozens of local European Movement groups throughout Britain.
  • Totally committed to proactively expanding EM’s branch network – because he realises the crucial importance of the grassroots and of local activism. Wants to ensure that EM becomes a large and effective nationwide mass movement with a visible and persuasive presence in every locality in the UK. That is absolutely crucial – because, in order to eventually reach and connect with the vast majority of Britain’s population, one of the key things that EM will need to do is to have an active visible presence in the vast majority of localities/high streets etc in the country. Clearly, that can’t be done without attracting large numbers of additional pro-Europe activists (from every age and other demographic) – and Mike, if elected as EM Chair, would be ideally suited to achieving that, as well as being strong in many other key ways.
  • Because he is in his mid 40s, he is well placed to attract support from the younger generation as well as from older members. His relatively young age would also help create a better age spread in EM’s senior leadership. Currently the average age of EM’s senior leadership (President, Vice Presidents, etc, etc) is over 70. It would also create a better balance between professional politicians and ex-politicians on the one hand and grassroots-oriented campaigners on the other (At present almost 90% of EMs non-staff top leadership are former or current MPs, ex MEPs, and members of the House of Lords).
 
  • He has worked with politicians of all main political parties – and is able to easily appeal to people across the political spectrum because he has never held office in any political party.
  • He has very substantial media experience. Quite apart from founding the Bylines network, he has written for The GuardianThe Independent,The Daily TelegraphThe New StatesmanThe Lancet,  Science Magazine and Nature – and has been interviewed dozens of times on TV and radio. He even hosted his own shows on BylineTV, which he helped develop (and with whom he is now doing a full length documentary on the appalling consequences of Brexit).
  • In terms of social media, he is a major pro-Europe influencer with 280,000 Twitter followers and 26,000 Facebook ones and 37,000 on Mastodon. His ‘Scientists for EU’ page has 360,000 followers – and last year, on Twitter alone, his tweets had 560 million impressions!
  •  Using his social media knowledge, he has helped EM local groups in many parts of the country to build their online/social media presence.
  • As a leading social entrepreneur, he has good management skills – having managed a newspaper chain (the Bylines network), a pro-Europe campaigning organisation (Scientists for EU) and several scientific research projects.
  • He knows the Westminster political scene well, having campaigned with a wide range of politicians – including Andrew Adonis, Anna Soubry, Caroline Lucas, Layla Moran, David Lammy, Vince Cable, Dominic Grieve, Clive Lewis, Sarah Wollaston – and is now developing plans to establish an EM parliamentary network, if he is elected as EM Chair. He has experience in setting up such parliamentary networks because he very successfully set up an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus. Indeed it was so successful that several recommendations from that APPG actually became UK government policy.
  • But Mike realizes that, in order to influence politicians, we also need to ensure that EM becomes a mass movement with active visible local groups and ‘boots on the ground’ in every locality nationwide
  • He has also worked closely with key people in a range of civil society organisations including Grassroots for Europe, Make Votes Matter, Best for Britain, The3Million, Labour Movement for Europe, PINF (Public Interest News Foundation), Hope Not Hate, Global Justice Now. Specifically in regard to his work with pro-Europe organisations, he is in an ideal position to help build greater unity and cooperation between them.
  • He is currently helping the massive Parliamentary petition calling for a Public Inquiry into the consequences of Brexit.
  • He is an experienced public speaker –  and has addressed tens of thousands of people at many major anti-Brexit and pro-Europe rallies
  • In terms of chairing EM, he will be able to make that position his top priority (with no chance of any message/role confusion or dilution) – because he does not lead any other major membership-based campaigning organisations.
  • Expert fundraiser. In 2019, he raised over a quarter of a million pounds to help develop the Facebook profiles of more than 100 “for Europe” pages – and even developed a tracking system to chart their growth against pro-leave local groups.
  • He also has very substantial experience in EU-related research and policy formation, having carried out three major research operations on behalf of the EU Science Programme and the European Commission – and two important projects in conjunction with the EU’s flagship scientific research initiative, Horizon. His original doctorate was in the challenging area of behavioural genetics (at London’s Institute of Psychiatry). Indeed all those studies helped imbue in him the fact that effective policy campaigns always have to be based on solid research foundations.
  • Mike has all the qualities for the task ahead – energy, vision, experience, management and campaigning skills, media skills, planning ability, a pro-active outlook and people skills.