The former chief executive of the social mobility charity the Mayor’s Fund for London has been elected as an MEP for the Brexit Party.
Matthew Patten, who led the Mayor’s Fund between 2012 and 2018 and was previously chief executive of the disability sports and youth cricket charity the Lord’s Taverners, is one of three Brexit Party candidates from the East Midlands region who will take up seats in the European Parliament after last week’s elections.
Patten was third on the Brexit Party’s list of candidates for the region, where it finished in first place with 38.2 per cent of the vote.
Since his departure from the Mayor’s Fund, Patten has been a senior project consultant at BBC Children in Need for four months until December and interim chief executive of the children’s charity the Martin James Foundation from November 2018 until February this year, according to his LinkedIn page.
In a video on the Brexit Party’s YouTube channel announcing his intention to stand, Patten had said he was putting himself forward because he "believes in unlocking Britain’s potential" and people "all believe that British politics is broken".
He said he wanted to "change politics for good" by becoming an MEP for the Brexit Party.
The Brexit Party finished in first place in the UK vote with 31.6 per cent of the vote share, sending 29 MEPs to Brussels, ahead of the Liberal Democrats on 20.3 per cent and Labour on 14.1 per cent.
The Green Party was fourth overall on 12.1 per cent and the Conservative Party was fifth with 9.1 per cent of the vote.