The East Midlands European Parliamentary Constituency consists of the six counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland.
All four branches were established by grassroots volunteers in the last 12 months with the aims of promoting a positive image of the European Union & Britain’s role in it and to campaign to remain a permanent member of the European Union.
The rally will take place under the shadow of the Brian Clough Memorial Statue, King Street, Nottingham and will consist of a mix of speakers and light entertainment.
Confirmed speakers so far include:-
Cllr Kat Boettge has been a prominent Green Party representative in Nottingham and the East Midlands for some time and has been known to fight in various campaigns.
Originally from Germany, Kat has lived in Nottingham for 17 years. She is a single parent and works as a psychotherapist.
She has held many posts in the Green Party and has been a town councillor in Kimberley. In 2016 she was selected to be the Green Party’s lead East Midlands candidate for the 2019 European Elections (should they take place), and was a very outspoken campaigner to remain in the EU, during the referendum.
Earlier this year she took part in a one off "Wife Swap:Brexit Special" on Channel 4.
A no-nonsense, proactive campaigner Julia Cambridge has stood for parliament in the last two general elections. As a Liberal Democrat she found her Liberal roots aged eleven delivering leaflets for her council candidate mother. During her career in textiles and fashion she saw the benefit of free trade partnerships between the U.K. and the rest of Europe. When agreeing to take part she said "Leaving the EU will cost us jobs, damage the economy, threaten our safety and security and much more. We will, as a country, be poorer, not just in our standard of living but in our diversity. Brexit is looking like a disaster and I will continue to fight it".
Hugo Dixon is a journalist, entrepreneur and campaigner. He is Chairman of InFacts and also co-founder of CommonGround. He founded Breakingviews in 1999, which he chaired until it was sold to Thomson Reuters in 2009. He writes columns for Reuters, Breakingviews, The Guardian and other publications. He is also author of The In/Out Question: Why Britain should stay in the EU and fight to make it better.
Mathew Hulbert is an active member of and campaigner for the Liberal Democrats. He was a Borough Councillor in Hinckley and Bosworth in Leicestershire from 2011 to 2015. He is also a prominent campaigner for further LGBT+ rights and equality. Mr Hulbert graduated with a BA (Hons) in Broadcast Journalism from Nottingham Trent University in 2002 and worked as a journalist with a group of commercial radio stations in the Midlands from 2004 to 2009.He is an occasional contributor to the pro-EU national newspaper The New European. He tweets via @HulbertMathew
Michael Mullaney is the Leicestershire County Councillor for Hinckley De Montfort Division.
Michael stood as Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Bosworth in the 2010, 2015 and 2017 elections. Each time Michael secured the largest Lib Dem vote in the East Midlands. At the 2017 election he got the highest vote of any Lib Dem candidate in the 105 seats in the entire Midlands.
Michael is an active campaigner in Hinckley and is currently campaigning to save the local Hospital which is currently under threat.
Viv who campaigned in Stamford during the referendum is a member of the Labour Against Brexit team.
Tony Simpson graduated from Nottingham University in 1975 with a degree in Russian. He used his Russian for his Masters degree at Oxford, where he studied Russian and East European History at St Antony’s College. In 1980, Ken Coates invited him to join the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation to work on the European Nuclear Disarmament campaign, which helped give rise to the Intermediate Nuclear Forces agreement of 1987 and the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Tony assisted Ken Coates for ten years to 1999 while Ken was the local Member of the European Parliament. Tony edits The Spokesman, which is the journal of the Russell Foundation, and has lectured about Russell in China and Canada. He is the representative of a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘Retaining European Citizenship’, which was welcomed by Michel Barnier in March 2017. The Initiative continues to gather endorsements from European citizens in the EU 28. Retaining European Citizenship European Citizens initiative.
Interspersed by moments of BoJo Curious
We are pleased to announce that our Crowdfunder is now live - please do support us. Every penny will be used to fund the rally costs and any surplus will be shared equally between the four European Movement branches in the East Midlands. There are some rewards on offer for lucky donors.
Limited edition personally signed photo of Faux Bo-Jo - £5 reward
As part of the crowdfunder campaign we are please to announce that we are offering a reward of a photo personally signed by "Faux Bo-Jo" on the day of the rally. These limited edition personally signed photo's will include a message from the organisers of the rally on the back and will therefore be a souvenir of the day itself for you to keep. We have had 100 of these printed and that will be it. When they are gone, they are gone. The first 100 people to donate £5 will receive one.
"Don't blame me, I voted Remain" shoulder bag - £10 reward
A donation of £10 will earn a randomly chosen donor a "Don't blame me I voted Remain" shoulder bag worth £10.
Size Approx 22.5 x 23 x 7.5cm
A signed copy of the book "Brexit - What the Hell Happens Now?" - £20 reward
A donation of £20 will earn a randomly chosen donor to receive a copy of the book "Brexit - What the Hell Happens Now?" personally signed by the author Ian Dunt.
"Understanding EU Decision Making" - £40 reward
A donation of £40 will earn a randomly chosen donor a copy of the book "Understanding EU Decision Making" (Published by Springer in 2016 - UK selling price £44.99). by Edward Best, this book presents in a concise and accessible way why the EU institutional system exists in its present form, how the EU fits into the world as a system of governance, and who is involved in EU policy processes.
Travelling to Nottingham
The Red Line, Lilac Line, Blue Line, Sky Blue Line and Pathfinder bus routes all serve the King Street and Queen Street (bus stops K1, K2, K3, Q1 ,Q2, Q3) adjacent to Speaker's Corner - a useful map can be found on the Nottingham City Transport website.
Nottingham Railway Station is on the Midland Main Line - a plan of the Station can be found on the National Rail website and is 15 minutes walk from the City Centre. The Orange Line bus service route stops at Upper Parliament Street close to Speaker's Corner. The Green Line stops on Lower Parliament Street just a couple of minutes from Speaker's Corner.
Nottingham has a tram network which will take you to Old Market Square (Speaker's Corner is just off Old Market Square) - For route details see The Tram