10 things you should know about UKIP’s new MEPs

A closer look at 10 of the UK’s new representatives in Brussels is shocking, even by UKIP’s standards.

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It seems almost intuitive that the election of 24 UKIP MEPs is a regression from Britain’s tolerant and progressive values. However, a closer look at 10 of the UK’s new representatives in Brussels is shocking, even by UKIP’s standards.

Janice Atkinson (South East England)

Made famous by the photo above of her arguing the finer points of policy with anti-racism campaigners, Janice Atkinson left the Conservative Party in 2011 due to what she perceived as David Cameron’s support for Europe and lack of support for the bankers in the City.

Career highlights to date have included being caught incorrectly claiming to have attended a grammar school, describing feminism as “outdated and sexist”, and calling for protesters who “call our supporters fascists, hurl other abuse or any physical assault” to be arrested (this was prior to the photo being taken).

Atkinson was also the author of a 2013 report for UKIP that proposed long-term benefit claimants receiving plastic cards instead of money that would not be able to pay for alcohol, tobacco or satellite television. This would not apply to all people on benefits, just “those who have an addiction and those who choose a lifestyle on benefits”.

Jill Seymour

Jill Seymour is the newly elected UKIP MEP for the West Midlands. Seymour’s husband last year donated an undisclosed amount of money for a UKIP rally in Telford billed at the time as UKIP’s biggest ever public meeting. Seymour herself compared the donation to the “cost of a car”. In light of rumours of UKIP charging cash for MEP seats, this seems more than a little suspicious.

Golly wogjBill Etheridge (West Midlands)

Bill Etheridge, ex-Conservative party candidate, left the party after he and his wife posed with Golliwogs and paraded the photos on their Facebook pages. After joining UKIP, Etheridge published a book in 2011 entitled Britain – A Post Political Correctness Society, once again featuring Golliwogs, this time on the front cover.

Amjad Bashir (Yorks and the Humber)

Last June, UKIP’s spokesperson for small business, Amjad Bashir, had his restaurant raided and seven people were arrested on immigration violations. He resigned as director but has kept his shares and the fine has yet to be paid. He has been criticised as hypocritical due to his tough line on immigration whilst employing what are potentially illegal immigrants.

David Coburn (Scotland)

In 1993 David Coburn closed down the Lexicon English school. Not only did he leave students in the lurch by keeping the pre-paid tuition fees, Coburn has gone on to demonise immigrants despite capitalising on immigration in the past. According to the election broadcast, unlike his fellow Scottish MEPs who all have residences in Scotland, Coburn lives in Kensington, one of the most expensive postcodes in the UK.

Patrick O’Flynn (East of England)

Although he only publicly joined UKIP in June of 2013, Patrick O’Flynn was long an ally of the party in his previous job as chief political commentator for the Daily Express, helping convince the paper to become the first in Britain to advocate leaving the EU. It was in this capacity that O’Flynn made some of his most inflammatory statements, such as “the leaders of British Islam still don’t appreciate the degree to which their behaviour is despised by the majority of the public”.

Despite his incessant complaints that the media and politicians enjoy too cosy a relationship, O’Flynn still clearly enjoys close ties with the Express, saying this week “I shall always regard the Daily Express as the media wing of the Better Off Out movement”.

Tim Aker (East of England)

Appointed UKIP’s Head of Policy in June 2013, Tim Aker first started working for the party in 2009. After Nigel Farage came under fire for dismissing UKIP’s 2010 manifesto as “quasi-academic ramblings and random thoughts”, despite signing his name to it, Aker came to his defence. “The previous head of policy put together a manifesto that was almost 500 pages of junk,” said Aker, perhaps forgetting that he used to be an adviser to that head of policy, and in fact served on the policy team responsible for producing the “junk”.

Mike Hookem (Yorks and the Humber)

Not only has Mike Hookem been handing out business cards with independence misspelled, but he has been threatening fellow UKIP candidate, Samuel Fletcher, for expressing his right to free speech. After Godfrey Bloom resigned as a UKIP candidate, Fletcher celebrated the decision and criticised Bloom’s past controversial statements. In reaction to this, Hookem said that he wanted Fletcher to “consider your (Fletcher’s) future in the party”. Furthermore, the day after being elected, Hookem said on BBC Radio Sheffield that he didn’t plan on attending any debates in the European Parliament.

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Margot Parker (East Midlands)

Margot Parker has stood in multiple elections for UKIP since 2010, finally winning a position after the recent European election. As well as being an MEP, Parker is currently UKIP’s unemployment spokesperson and was formerly a candidate for Libertas. Though clearly a long-term Eurosceptic, this does raise questions about Parker’s other business, specifically that of being the director of Eurocom-Consult, a lobbying group based in Brussels offering “advice and information on EU legislation”.

Diane James (South East England)

Seen as one of the new faces of UKIP, and by some as a potential successor to Nigel Farage, Diane James has been a high profile member of the party for a relatively long time; she was selected to represent the party in the 2013 Eastleigh by-election. This caused controversy amongst some members of the party, as when local councillor James had not sat as a UKIP representative, but as an independent. Nonetheless she went on to place second with 28 per cent of the vote. This was despite her rather predictably speaking on the campaign trail of “not just…pressure on service from immigration but also, and I have to say it, the crime associated with Romanians”.

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22 Responses to “10 things you should know about UKIP’s new MEPs”

  1. Foullaini

    Heroes.

  2. Jimmy

    Moderator alert. Please delete this filth, though it’s just what you’d expect from right whingers.

  3. Jimmy

    Bunch of nasty nutters.

  4. Mr Reasonable

    Thanks, ‘angelleb’, for your considered and insightful contribution to the debate. Well-researched and relevant, it says so much about the state of critical thinking in Britain today. Perhaps you have a considered a career in academia? Or the church?

  5. Kryten2k35

    To be fair, this: “Atkinson was also the author of a 2013 report for UKIP that proposed long-term benefit claimants receiving plastic cards instead of money that would not be able to pay for alcohol, tobacco or satellite television. This would not apply to all people on benefits, just “those who have an addiction and those who choose a lifestyle on benefits”.” I have no problem with.

  6. petehodge

    So? The MEP’s aren’t perfect. The rank hypocrisy in this post is staggering. These people want Britain to be overcrowded, our NHS to be incapable of dealing with hoards who will use it, our schools overcrowded and homes even harder to find. And they say UKIP is racist. These plonkers are the real racists. Against the indigenous British people.

  7. Clif

    All UKIP want is a sane immigration policy that only lets in people who are good for the country. It is completely insane to open the door wide open to criminals & spongers as well. When is the left going to get that? It’s all about common sense, not racism, that’s why UKIP are winning the arguement.

  8. Jimmy

    Really? Over 70% of us who voted last Thursday rejected Ukip. And all the polls suggest around half of those who did back them won’t in 2015.

  9. Ed

    I could write an article like this about Con, Lab & Lib but it would be much longer and have much more dirt.

  10. PG_Bill

    Where exactly is the hypocrisy? There’s nothing in it about UKIP’s policies, it’s all about personalities – and very unpleasant personalities they are.

  11. clairep

    Interesting to see you add a snapshot of a Facebook posting that supports your perceived criticism of Mike Hookem yet fail to post one that disputes another perceived criticism?? So to clear things up with regards to Mike’s intention for attending here is a direct copy from his own facebook page…..
    Mike Hookem MEP
    Tuesday at 20:26 ·
    Sorry to disappoint but I will be attending meetings in Brussels and working hard alongside UKIP colleagues to gain this counties freedom from the EU

  12. Alex McLeish

    And 75% rejected the Labour Party.

    Three out of every four people in this land rejected your beloved Leftist party, just like a similar percentage rejected the Blair and Brown governments. We were still suck with Labour though even though the majority of people didn’t want then,. bacause that’s how elections work.

    Merkel’s Christian Democrats only got 35% of the vote last year. 65% of the country rejected her but since she’s the head of the biggest party SHE has the power. That’s how elections work.

  13. Alex McLeish

    An article from the London Establishment media badmouthing UKIP … what a surprise (yawn)

    UKIP members tell it like it is; they’re not afraid to call a spade a spade, unlike the weirdo PC clones of the LibLabCon.

  14. Jimmy

    Eh? Left Foot Forward isn’t a Labour blog. And around 70% of people voted for broadly pro E.u parties.

    Btw, Germany have a more or less proportional system unlike us. Merkel is in coalition with the SPD. She couldn’t form a government on her own with 35% of the vote (as Labour did here in 2095).

  15. El Gringo

    So is it going to be a two way door, not only not allowing in” criminals and spongers” (who makes this judgement?), but also expelling indigenous British “criminals and spongers”?

  16. Me_Again

    That’s it?
    Really you wouldn’t then want to know about the Labour councillor who thinks his first sexual experience was with an alien or Gurpal Virdi accused of raping a child, or Michael Tombs with his penchant for children, Willie Smith leader of Labour in Corby and his arrest for downloading images of child rape……
    I could go on………and on and on…..

    All you have is someone giving the press the bird [nothing wrong with that] or misspelling a word, not exactly a criminal act either

  17. Me_Again

    Not really, you’re plainly a shallow person if all you can do is list the above reasons as being indications of bad people.

    Try these:- http://labour25.com/category/labour-25/

  18. Me_Again

    Of course. criminals is an easy descriptor -even for you I suspect- and spongers could translated as those who don’t have a job to go to.

    I’d add another, no job should be advertised abroad before it has been advertised here in this country.

  19. profnickd

    People on welfare in the UK can use their public benefits to buy alcohol and cigarettes? Are these things regarded as “human rights” now by the Left?

  20. Stuart Parr

    Jill and Brian Seymour have been party donors for years as well as hard working activists who go out knocking doors and delivering leaflets. Jill got on the MEP shortlist by passing the same independent psychometric testing and interview panel as every other MEP candidate and then was voted to the top of the list by the membership. There’s nothing suspicious about it.

  21. Mike Stewart

    More desperate slurs from more desperate people.

  22. justalittlebitofthis

    10 UKIP nasties ? What about the 20 Labour school governor paedophiles out of the 52 arrested in the Labour25.com expose website with 2 more on trial?

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