Nick Harvey to head up European Movement

Former Lib Dem MP Nick Harvey is to become CEO of the European Movement.

He had been MP for North Devon from 1992-2015. He was armed forces minister during the first two years of the coalition. He was Chief Executive of the Federal Party during Vince Cable’s leadership.

He was always seen as a bit of a eurosceptic in the party, as he had been the only Lib Dem MP to vote against the Maastrict Treaty back in 1992. However,  in his new role, he wants to take Britain back into the EU.

He  said: 

I am absolutely delighted to be joining the European Movement at this pivotal point and looking  forward to the huge challenge of helping put Britain back at the heart of Europe. The EMUK  executive and staff team have worked wonders to get on the front foot again in recent years, with  growing membership and campaigning strength. With public opinion on the European issue shifting  all the time, my aim is to take our message out to new places and people who may have been hard  to reach previously, to restore our cultural, political and economic relationship with Europe.

Vince Cable,  who is Vice-President of The European Movement and former Lib Dem Leader and Business Secretary, added 

With Nick Harvey you have a top-class CEO with experience as a senior minister, and running the  organisation of a political party. He is also a committed European who will also work effectively  across parties to support the Movement. I have worked with him as a colleague for three decades  and applaud the appointment.

Good luck to Nick in his new role and especially with helping to win the arguments for rejoining the EU. Those making that case are pushing at an open door at the moment, given the utter shambles of Brexit.



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  • Michael Cole & Co 18th Jul '23 - 12:04pm

    Nick: I wish you every success as CEO of the European Movement.

  • Steven Comer 19th Jul '23 - 9:49am

    This is good news, and interesting that we now have former Lib Dem MPs/candidates as CEOs of the European Movement, Unlock Democracy, and Best for Britain.

    I must admit I was surprised by Nick’s vote on Maastricht all those years ago, at the time I put it down to the fact that he represented North Devon, a part of the world that was a bit Eurosceptic (anyone else remember the “South Molton Declaration?”). But it is what he can do now that is important, the EM does seem to be growing at the moment which is encouraging.

  • Mark Richards 19th Jul '23 - 3:36pm

    Excellent news. Bring back Citizens for Europe clubs.

  • Chris Moore 20th Jul '23 - 7:40am

    Hello Steve,

    When I joined the Liberals in the mid-80s, there were significant numbers of Eurosceptic members in my local party, who made a liberal case for suspicion of a “distant” EU. There were even more in West Country parties.

    Nick Harvey was part of that tradition. Not all of those Eurosceptics would have later voted Leave, btw.


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