Edward McMillan-Scott is a British politician. He was an MEP for Yorkshire & Humber 1984 - 2014 (Conservative then Liberal Democrat since 2010) and Vice-President of the European Parliament for Democracy & Human Rights 2004 -2014
Much of Edward's work was focused on constituency issues while he was an MEP.
As Vice-President of the European Parliament and Britain's most senior MEP, he used his influence to pursue campaigns with an EU or worldwide scope.
He was responsible for Democracy and Human Rights, Transatlantic Relations and the Sakharov Network.
Today he is an active campaigner for human rights and democracy worldwide, and for greater understanding of the European Union within the UK.
Edward founded the world's largest human rights and democracy programme - the EIDHR - after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It continues to operate, often in secret, in the world's most difficult territories.
Edward believes in 'being there' and travels widely to meet reformists and dissidents. After this visit to Beijing in 2006, all his contacts were arrested, imprisoned, and in most cases tortured.
Edward chaired the Single Seat campaign which aims at moving all the European Parliament’s activities to Brussels. The current arrangement sees MEPs, staff and assistants having to meet twelve times per year at the parliament's official 'Seat' in Strasbourg (Edward chairs a parliament session there, right). This anachronism costs €180 million and 19,000 tonnes of CO2 every year.
Edward has long studied totalitarianism and opposed the Soviet system and more recently the Beijing regime.
Through his family's background, he has become alarmed at the rise of disguised extremism and forms of neo-Fascism. TIME magazine's cover story after the European elections of 2009 reported that Europe had made a far right turn, covering the rise of the right in ten EU countries. The election of May 2014 has confirmed this trend, with about 30% of MEPs from right-wing or extremist parties.
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