Remoaners want Dragon’s Den star to replace Lord Adonis as chair of European Movement

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The main movement of Remoaners are trying to persuade Dragon’s Den star and businesswoman Deborah Meaden to become their chair after Lord Adonis dramatically quit before Christmas. The European Movement is also said to be in disarray after its controversial chairman decided to step down suddenly with complaints that he had turned the organisation into “a wing of the Labour Party.”

The European Movement (EM) has confirmed in a statement that Lord Adonis stepped down as chairman on December 14 “to devote more time to writing and other public interest initiatives.”

The EM’s Vice Chair, Molly Scott Cato, will serve as interim chair until a successor is elected.

A senior source told tht the EM members “are keen for [Dragon’s Den star] Deborah Meaden” to take on the role.

However, she is understood to have rivals including former Guardian chief Will Hutton and YouGov President Peter Kellner.

More to follow…