Former chief of Mayor's Fund for London to stand for Brexit Party

Matthew Patten, who led the charity from 2012 to 2018 and has since worked for BBC Children in Need and the Martin James Foundation, has been selected to stand in the European elections

Matthew Patten
Matthew Patten

Matthew Patten, former chief executive of the social mobility charity the Mayor’s Fund for London, will be a candidate for the Brexit Party at the forthcoming European elections.

Patten, who led the Mayor’s Fund between 2012 and 2018, was announced as a candidate for the party this morning and will run in the European elections on 23 May.

Before joining the Mayor’s Fund, he was chief executive of the Lord’s Taverners, a disability sports and youth cricket charity, between 2008 and 2012.

He was also chief executive of M&C Saatchi Sponsorship between 1997 and 2002.

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 party’s YouTube channel, Patten said he was standing 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 running as an MEP candidate for the Brexit Party.

It has not yet been announced in which of the 12 UK regions Patten will stand in the election.

The UK is almost certainly going to take part in the European elections on 23 May, unless a Brexit deal is agreed before the elections take place.

The Brexit Party was set up earlier this year by the former Ukip leader Nigel Farage and is campaigning in favour of the UK’s departure from the European Union.

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