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European Elections: Runners and Riders II

European Elections: Runners and Riders II

🕔12.Aug 2013

UKIP’s Midlands MEP shortlist sees the party opt for safe hands in a list that includes former councillors, party chairs and prospective parliamentary candidates.

After “an exhaustive, multilayered assessment programme”, UKIP will hope the list of candidates with electoral experience will hopefully not cause any embarrassment, particularly following Godfrey Bloom’s comments concerning ‘Bongo Bongo land’.

The list of people, announced today, will now be presented to the UKIP membership for selection as candidates for the 2014 European elections.

The locally focused list includes: Jill Seymour, Councillor for Telford and Wrekin, former prospective parliamentary candidate (PPC) James Carver and UKIP South Staffs chairman, Lyndon Jones. Parliamentary candidates Michael Wrench and Michael Green will have to juggle their ambitions between the national and European campaigns.

Also on the list is Bill Etheridge, a former UKIP PCC and current UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Dudley. Etheridge has previously courted controversy when he posted a photo of himself on Facebook posing with a golliwog in order to promote a ‘healthy discussion’ about the limits of political correctness. Following complaints to the local party, Etheridge opted to join UKIP in order to maintain his right to express his views.

UKIP currently have 2 seats in the European Parliament, coming second to the Tories in the last election with 21% of the vote. UKIP could be confident of returning 2 MEPs if they win a similar share of the vote, but with the Conservative Party looking for any weakness in UKIP’s candidates, the list of individuals could come under significant media scrutiny.

The full list as follows:

  • Jill Seymour
  • Phil Henrick
  • Bill Etheridge
  • James Carver
  • Michael Wrench
  • Michael Green
  • Lyndon Jones
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