Dr Richard Stevens, Candidate for London

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Richard, formerly Head of Psychology at the Open University, holds a first class degree in Psychology from the University of Edinburgh as well as an MA (Trinity College Dublin) and PhD by published work. Previous posts include Acting Head of Psychology at Trinity College, Dublin and Visiting Professor at the University of California. He has been Chair of the Association for Humanistic Psychology in Britain and helped to found the Consciousness and Experiential Section of the British Psychological Society.

His books include Freud and Psychoanalysis, Erik Erikson, Personal Worlds and Understanding the Self and he has numerous publications in academic and other journals. He is currently series editor and author of two books in Palgrave Macmillan’s Mindshapers series.

Dr Stevens has broadcast regularly on psychological issues including contributions to the World at One, the World Tonight and the Richard and Judy Show. His specialty is the psychology of well-being and he led the team of experts in the BBC TV series Making Slough Happy.

Richard began to take an active interest in politics as a result of the 2016 Referendum. He eventually left the Labour Party because of the failure of the leadership to endorse remaining in the EU. He is a passionate Remainer and does not ‘respect’ the result of the 2016 Referendum, given the limitations of posing such a question in such a way. He believes in parliamentary democracy and that Revoking Article 50 is the best way to resolve the Brexit crisis and ensure the well-being both of the UK and the EU. The UK is more secure, respected and benefits both economically and socially from being a member of the EU. He also thinks that in many aspects of our society, from health to taxation, we can have much to learn from practices in other countries and we should actively research these. Inequality is increasing in the UK. This needs to be tackled by reform of our economic system, for example, by limiting the power of private banks to lend money way in excess of the deposits they hold.

He sees an MEP’s primary function as being to restore the connection between the EU and the UK electorate providing a two-way link to help each of us to appreciate and communicate with the other.