|Martin Ball |
Martin Ball works as the public affairs officer of a national charity. He
is the author of 'The Conservative Conference and Euro–sceptic Motions
1992–95', and co–authored 'Conservative MEPs and the European People’s
Party: Time for Divorce' and 'Federalist Thought Control: The Brussels
Propaganda Machine', allpublished by the Bruges Group.
He has a degree in Politics from the University of Nottingham and a Master ’s
degree in Political Economy from the University of Sheffield. His
articles,book reviews and letters appear regularly in a wide range of
|Gerard Batten MEP |
Gerard Batten is the UK Independence Party Member of the European
Parliament for London. He was a founder member of UKIP in 1993, and the first
Party Secretary from 1994 to 1997. He was elected to the European parliament
in June 2004. He is a member of the European Parliament's Security & Defence
Committee, and is the UKIP spokesman on Security & Defence.
|Christopher Booker |
Christopher Booker is a columnist for The Sunday Telegraph. He is the
author of the Bruges Group paper Britain and Europe: The Culture of Deceit.
And also co-wrote Scared To Death: From BSE To Global Warming, Why Scares Are
Costing Us The Earth.
|George Buchan |
George Buchan is originally from the North East of Scotland, and has a
BA (Hons.) in Sociology from the University of Strathclyde and a Masters
Degree in Strategic Studies from the University of Aberdeen. Since
leaving University in 2004, George has worked in security analysis and
business consultancy in London, and teaching in France and Switzerland.
He co-founded the languages and communications company Celangue Sàrl in
Geneva where is Partner, and is also a freelance writer. George’s
academic interests have always been strategic studies, and following
creating his own website on international relations and security, he has
now established and maintains the website www.scottishpolitic.co.uk. A
New Scottish Politic is focused on trying to promote in Scotland a new
centre-right way of politics. George is fluent in both English and
French, and after a spell living in Italy, lives on the French-Swiss
border with his Swiss wife.
|Michael Burrage |
Michael Burrage is entrepreneur, the founder-director of a specialist
He has been a research fellow at Harvard, Uppsala, the Free University in
Berlin and UC Berkeley, a lecturer at LSE, and a visiting professor at
Hokkaido, Kyoto, Kansai and Hosei universities. He is the author of
Revolution & the Making of the Contemporary Legal Profession in France, the
United States and England (OUP 2004) and Class, State& Civil Society in
France, the United States, Russia & England (Macmillan) and edited Martin
Trow: Twentieth Century Higher Education: From Elite to Mass to Universal
(Johns Hopkins, 2010). His articles have appeared in a variety of academic
journals, Daedalus, American Sociological Review et al. He also wrote a study
for Ernst & Young which they published called Hunting for Heffalumps &
Gazelles: 25 questions about contemporary British entrepreneurs answered by a
search party (2002). And conducted a survey commissioned by NTT (Tokyo) on
Telephone use in Manhattan, Tokyo, Paris & London, published in English as an
LSE working paper in 2001.
|Professor Tim Congdon |
Professor Tim Congdon, CBE is the director and head of Lombard Street
Research. Sunday Business described him as, “The best forecaster among
Chancellor Ken Clarke’s seven wise men …”
Professor Congdon has been the most consistently accurate forecaster of the
British economy in the last 15 years. He was appointed to the Treasury Panel
of Independent Forecasters in December 1993 and awarded the CBE in 1997 for
services to economic debate. Professor Condon is on the Bruges Group's
Academic Advisory Council.
|Bernard Connolly |
Bernard Connolly is the author of the acclaimed book on the ERM and EMU,
The Rotten Heart of Europe: the Dirty War for Europe’s Money. Widely regarded
as one of the foremost experts on the interaction of economics, politics and
markets, he is an internationally respected financial market economist working
in the City.
|Professor Christie Davies |
Professor Christie Davies M.A. PhD ( Cantab) is an author and academic .
main research interests are in the comparative and historical study of
morality and of humour.He has given lectures by invitation at universities
and institutes in Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Malaysia, Norway, and Poland, has been a visiting
lecturer in the United States and taught in Australia. Professor Davies is
a member of the Bruges Group's Academic Advisory Council. His most recent
book is The Strange Death of Moral Britain, New Brunswick NJ ,
|Graham Eardley |
Graham Eardley is the Bruges Group’s representative in the West Midlands.
He was the first
Conservative Councillor to be elected for the Brownhills Ward in Walsall.
Graham later became the
leader of the UKIP group on Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council following his
defection to them in
January 2004. He represented the Bruges Group on the UK delegation to the EU
counter summit in
Nice, December 2000. His media appearances include Newsnight, Jonathan
Dimbleby and the BBC
One O'Clock News. He also regularly contributes to regional programming in the
West Midlands. Graham is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Credit
|Nigel Farage MEP |
Nigel Farage is the Leader of the UK Independence Party
and is also an MEP for the South East. He was a Commodity
Broker in the City and ran his own brokerage fi rm. Nigel
was active in the Conservative Party until the overthrow
of Margaret Thatcher. He is a member of the Countryside
Alliance, the East India Club, the Countryside Restoration Trust, the RNLI,
the Institute of Fisheries Management, and the Western Front Association.
Nigel is a member of the Bruges Group.
|Margit Gennser |
Swedish MP, Moderate Party, writer and Co-founder of the Swedish
centre-right pro-Krona campaigning organisation "Medborgere mot EMU"
("Citizens against EMU") established to present the case against
|Marc Glendening |
Marc Glendenning is the Campaign Director of the Democracy Movement.
|John Griffing |
John Griffing is published across an array of conservative media both in
the realm of commentary and research. John is a frequent contributor to World
Net Daily and American Thinker, a prominent national publication with
readership in the millions.. He is also the Chief Political Correspondent for
Patriot Statesman, a post which includes reviewing submissions and
coordinating new political content. John has also written front-page articles
for Canyon News, a large circulation newspaper in Beverly Hills. His interview
credits include Fortune 500 executives and key authors and policy makers.
In his spare time, John does PR work for various local political candidates.
John has more recently cultivated media relationships with the Young
Transatlantic Conservative Alliance (YTCA), a rising media voice with highly
placed international sponsors.
|Daniel Hannan MEP |
Daniel Hannan is a Conservative MEP for South East
England. He is a writer for the Telegraph and the German
newspaper Die Welt. He sits on the European Parliament’s
Constitutional Affairs Committee, and was amongst the first
in Britain to call for a referendum on the EU constitution.
His publications include 'A Treaty Too Far', 'The Euro: Bad for Business' and
'What if Britain votes No?' He speaks French and Spanish, and has been
a member of the Bruges Group since 1991. He is also the author of the
Bruges Group paper 'The Case for EFTA'.
|Roger Helmer MEP |
In 1999 Roger Helmer was elected as the Conservative MEP for the East
Midlands. He is now a member of the UK Independence Party.
He has worked with several multinational companies including Procter & Gamble,
National Semiconductor, Reader's Digest, Tootal Group/ Coats Viyella, and
Roger has spent more than 10 years living and working abroad, mainly in
Roger has sat on two European Parliament committees - Industry, External
Trade, Research and Energy; and Employment and Social Affairs. He is also a
member of the ASEAN delegation.
Roger's candid opinions on the defence of the British nation state and the
protection of its sovereignty provide a strong voice for the EU-sceptic cause
in the 'heart of darkness'.
|Dr Brian Hindley |
Brian Hindley, former Co-Chairman of the Bruges Group, was Emeritus Reader
in Trade Policy Economics at the London School of Economics.
His recent publications included Better Off Out? (with Martin Howe Q.C.)
(revised edition, Institute of Economic Affairs, 2001); Nice and After,
(Centre for Policy Studies, 2001) and "What subjects are suitable for WTO
agreement?" in Daniel L. M. Kennedy and James D. Southwick (eds), The
Political Economy of International Trade Law: Essays in Honor of Robert E.
Hudec, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2002)
Brian Hindley was British. His A.B. (1961) and Ph.D. (1967), however, are both
from the University of Chicago.
|Dr Martin Holmes |
Dr Martin Holmes is well known as a leading Oxford University academic
specialisng in political economy. In October 1987 he was appinted Senior
Visiting Research Fellow at Mansfield College, Oxford, where he has
subsequently been Director of the College of Business Administration (UNL)
Programme since 1989. In October 1993 he was also appointed as Lecturer in
Politics at St Hugh's College, Oxford. He is the author of numerous books
on British political economy.
|Damon Lambert |
Damon Lambert is the UK Corporate Tax Director of a major European Bank.
Previously, he worked for 11 years in KPMG’s financial sector practice where
he specialised in advising on mergers and acquisitions, primarily for
financial sector multinationals. The advice he provided to clients included
amongst other issues the impact of the EU and the ECJ on UK tax law. Damon is
a qualified Chartered Accountant. He regularly writes on European Tax matters
and was a member of the working party on the Tax Reform Commission instigated
by George Osborne, co-authoring the chapters on business taxation and tax
reforms in other jurisdictions.
Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick |
Politician, writer and company director. Lord Lamont was the Conservative
Member of Parliament for Kingston-upon-Thames from 1972-97, he served as
Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1990-93. Lord Lamont is also Vice-President
of the Bruges Group.
|Sally McNamara |
Sally McNamara graduated from Loughborough University in 1998 with a BA
(Hons) in Politics. She went on to work as Press Officer for the East Midlands
Conservative Party, specifically Roger Helmer & Chris Heaton-Harris MEP’s.
She also acted as Spokesman for the Regional Party in the 2001 General
Election. In 1999 she was elected to Nottingham City Council, before moving to
Brussels in 2002 to act as Political Assistant to Roger Helmer MEP. Sally now
work for the American Legislative Exchange Council in Washington D.C., as
International Relations Project Director.
John Midgley |
John Midgley is the Co-Founder of the Campaign Against Political
Correctness. He is a regular media contributor and speaker on behalf of the
Campaign and has written various papers on the subject. In conjunction with
his wife, Laura, he has written two books – The Politically Correct Scrapbook
and The Second Politically Correct Scrapbook – which undermine political
correctness through humour.
John is a Partner in a Central London law firm, a school governor and was the
Conservative Party’s Parliamentary Candidate in Pendle.
|Ian Milne |
Ian Milne has been the Director of the cross-party think-tank Global
Britain since 1999. He
was the founder-editor (in 1993) of The European Journal, and the co-founder
(in 1995) and
first editor of eurofacts. He is the translator of Europe’s Road to War, by
(published by The June Press), and the author of numerous pamphlets, articles
reviews, mainly about the relationship between the UK and the European Union.
recent publications are A Cost Too Far ? (Civitas, July 2004), an analysis of
the net economic
costs and benefits for the UK of EU membership, and Backing the Wrong Horse
Policy Studies, December 2004), a review of the UK’s trading arrangements and
He is chairman of companies involved in publishing and book distribution. He
engineering from Cambridge University and has a forty-year career in industry
banking in the UK, France and Belgium.
|Professor Patrick Minford CBE |
Professor Patrick Minford was awarded a CBE in January 1996 for services to
economics. He was Professor of Applied Economics at the University of
Liverpool from 1976 to 1997 and is currently Professor of the Cardiff Business
Professor Minford is also the author of a cost/benefit analysis of
Britain's European Union membership titled, 'Britain and Europe: The
|Professor Kenneth Minogue |
Professor Kenneth R. Minogue was Emeritus Professor of Political Science at
the London School of
Economics, and a Senior Research Fellow with the Social Affairs Unit in
Professor Minogue has involved himself in the wider world. He has been a
regular columnist for The
Times and The Times Higher Education Supplement and reviews in both
intellectual and academic
He was a frequent commentator for radio and television on European Community
issues' he was Chairman
of the Bruges Group 1991-1993; he was a member of the Group's Academic
and a director of the Centre for Policy Studies.
|Jeremy Nieboer |
Jeremy Nieboer, educated at Harrow School and Oxford, was called to the Bar
in 1965 and admitted as a Solicitor in 1970. As a lawyer he specialises in
corporate and commercial law.
He worked with the Democracy Movement on opposition to EMU from 1998 – 2000
and does regular talks to schools, including 6th forms, on EU issues organised
by Civitas. Here he has often debated against speakers from the European
Movement and Britain in Europe.
Jeremy Nieboer was the lead solicitor on the application to the High Court and
Court of Appeal for a judicial review of the then Foreign Secretary’s (Douglas
Hurd) decision to ratify the Maastricht Treaty in 1993. Here he worked
alongside Bill Cash MP, Lord Rees – Mogg, David Pannick QC and Martin Howe QC
on the application.
He is the author of “The Pros and Cons of Economic and Monetary Union”. Jeremy
is on the Advisory Board of the European Foundation.
|Dr Richard North |
After a brief career in the Royal Air Force, Richard North became
a local government officer and then ran his own consultancy business for
two decades. He then moved into trade politics and thence to
the European Parliament as research director for the group of European
Democracies and Diversities.
Through this professional work, Richard obtained first hand experience of the
damaging effects of Brussels directives and their interpretation by UK
officials on British businesses, and has gained an unrivalled insight into the
workings of the European Union.
Along with Christopher Booker the Sunday Telegraph columnist, he is the
co-author of The Great Deception, the seminal history of the European Union.
Dr North has also written two books on bureaucracy and the EU, with
Christopher Booker, and one on the death of British agriculture.
|Robert Oulds |
Robert Oulds is the Director of the Bruges Group. He has a degree in
Politics and a Master's degree in Communications Management. Robert Oulds has
been a Councillor in Chiswick since 2002. He is also the Standard-Bearer and
Treasurer for the Chiswick Branch of the Royal British Legion. Robert Oulds is
a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
|Leolin Price CBE QC |
Since 1968, Leolin Price has practised as Queen’s Counsel specialising in
Trusts, Property, Company Law, Commercial Law, Taxation, Charity and all
the areas that fall within (and in many cases falling outside) the scope of
Chancery practice. His Chambers are 10 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn. He is
Queen’s Council in Australia. A recent case argues by him in the High
Court of Australia was about limits to legislative power in that country.
He has appeared in many important cases in the House of Lords and
Privy Council and overseas including landmark cases in trust, company
and tax law; conveyancing, landlord & tenant, university and professional
negligence; about the relationship between the Courts and Parliament;
the confidentiality of documents disclosed in civil and criminal
proceedings; and immunity for what is said in the course of investigating
His involvement in constitutional law and judicial review has taken him
to court in cases involving the European Community, the Maastricht and
Nice Treaties, education and the allocation of Lottery money.
|Dr Lee Rotherham |
Dr Lee Rotherham (he holds two research degrees on Quebec) is an adviser to
the Bruges Group
with a long acquaintance of Brussels. After working for the Westminster Group
of Eight rebels, he
became adviser to three successive Shadow Foreign Secretaries, including the
present leader of
the Conservative Party. He has worked in the European Parliament, and for the
Rt Hon David
Heathcoat-Amory, MP when the latter was Commons delegate to the Convention on
the Future of
Europe. As Conservative candidate in the 2001 elections, he fought Shaun
Woodward in the
infamous St Helens South 'Butler Campaign'. Longstanding Secretary of
Against a Federal Europe), he has been published widely. Following
mobilisation and a tour of duty
in Iraq, he has recently established SKEPTIKA, an EU Consultancy.
He has widely written on European issues. He is the author of EMU Understood
and All At Sea; he has co-authored the Bluffers Guide to the EU, and the
Centre for Policy Studies booklet Bloc Tory. He edited Who Represents Rural
Britain and Professor Patrick Minford's cost/benefit analysis of EU
membership, Britain and Europe: The Balance Sheet.
|Dr Helen Szamuely |
Dr Helen Szamuely was born in the Soviet Union and attended school in
Hungary, Ghana and Britain. She has a First Class degree from the University
of Leeds and a D.Phil from the University of Oxford. She has written
extensively on Russia, Eastern Europe and the European Union, and is co-author
with Bill Jamieson of 'A Coming Home or Poisoned Chalice?', a critical
study of European Union enlargement. Dr Szamuely also co-authored 'Alien
Thoughts: Reflections on Identity' published by the Bruges Group.
|Gawain Towler |
Gawain Towler is the Head of Media for the eurosceptic Independence and
Democracy Group in the
European Parliament. Previous to that he was the founder and co-editor of the
The Sprout. He was the lead author of the Centre for Policy Studies paper,
"Bloc Tory" in 2001. He
has written for a broad range of newspapers and journals in the UK and is a
columnist for the
American conservative weekly newspaper Human Events.
Though formerly a Conservative (he stood for election in Glasgow in 2001 and
2003) and their
advisor on International Development in the European Parliament he now works
with UKIP. He can
be reached at email@example.com
Philip Vander Elst is a freelance author, journalist and lecturer, and a
former editor of
Freedom Today. He was a founder member of the Selsdon Group and worked on the
of the Centre for Policy Studies and the Institute of Economic Affairs in the
late 1970s. Over
the last 30 years he has written widely on political, economic and
philosophical subjects for
papers in Britain and the United States, including the Daily Telegraph, the
Sunday Times, the Political Quarterly, Human Events, and the American
Spectator. He is also
a former officer of the Oxford Union Debating Society and has been a visiting
lecturer at many
American universities and colleges.
He has been a writer and broadcaster on radio and television on both sides of
the Atlantic. His
many publications include Resisting Leviathan: the Case Against A European
Press 1991); Idealism Without Illusions: a Foreign Policy for Freedom (Freedom
1989), Libertarianism: a Christian Critique (Christian Institute 2003), and
C.S. Lewis: a short
introduction (Continuum, 2005).
|Professor Roland Vaubel |
Roland Vaubel is Professor of Economics at the University of Mannheim,
Germany. As well as writing for the Bruges Group he is also the author of the
IEA papers The European Institutions as an Interest Group: The Dynamics of
Ever Closer Union (2009) and The Centralisation of Western Europe (1995).
|Marcus Watney |
Marcus Watney was an active member of the Liberal Party, and a constituency
chairman, in the
eighties under David Steel, fighting many council elections. In the
mid-nineties he left the party,
disillusioned by its uncritical support of the European Union. In 1997 he
voted Referendum and in
1999 joined UKIP. He was a UKIP candidate in the 2001 General Election,
campaigned in Malta for
a No vote in their accession referendum in 2003, is a member of UKIP’s Exit
Group, and in the 2004
euroelections was UKIP’s South West Regional spokesman. Professionally, he
has 14 years'
experience as a contract technical writer, being commissioned to explain
complex things simply,
an ideal background for anyone researching the morass of EU legislation.
|Stuart Wheeler |
Stuart Wheeler is a retired businessman and Founder of the spread betting
company IG Group, he sold his remaining shares in 2003. After completing his
National Service in the Welsh Guards, he practiced for three years as a
Barrister and then spent ten years in merchant banking, starting IG Index in
1974; which enabled spread betting on the price of gold. IG Index was soon
expanded to include commodity and financial futures.
Stuart Wheeler, a campaigner for a referendum on the Lisbon Treaty, took the
Government to Court for breaching their manifesto commitment to hold a
referendum on the EU Constitution.