The terrific 29! Farage’s new Brexit Party MEPs include ‘the smoked salmon king’, a black gay businessman, an ex lads’ mag editor and the mother-of-four who helped rout Labour and Tory rivals
The group, who only joined the party six weeks ago, were elected in a shockwave vote sparked because Britain failed to leave the EU on March 29 this year.
Many of the candidates are political newbies, most have a background in business but others have worked for the NHS, in the media or for Mr Farage himself.
The eclectic group includes Belinda de Lucy, a mother-of-four, seafood millionaire Lance Forman, and Louis Stedman-Bryce, who stood in Scotland saying that as a gay black man he was ‘tired’ of the way Brexit voters were portrayed.
These are the 29 new Brexit Party MEPs that millions of Britons voted to elect last Thursday.
Mother-of-four Belinda de Lucy who was elected as a Brexit Party MEP last night alongside seafood millionaire Lance Forman
During nearly three decades in public life, Nigel Farage has risen from a eurosceptic rabble-rouser on the fringes of British politics to a pivotal player reshaping the country’s Brexit-dominated landscape.
Farage was a driving force behind the 2016 vote to quit the EU and the 55-year-old has now helped see off two prime ministers after scoring his third political victory in five years in the European Parliament polls held in Britain on Thursday.
The next step in his plan is ti find 650 candidates to stand in the next General Election.
Ann Widdecombe began her career as a Tory councillor in Surrey before being elected to Parliament in 1987.
During her career as an MP she gained notoriety for advocating the death penalty and opposing some gay rights legislation.
After John Major became Prime Minister she was promoted to the front bench as a junior minister. In 1995 she became prisons minister – notably visiting every prison in the UK.
In 2010 she left Parliament and appeared on Strictly Come Dancing with Anton Du Beke.
Earlier this year she announced she was defecting from the Tories to the Brexit Party and backing Nigel Farage at the EU elections.
On May 23 she was elected as an MEP for the South West of England.
The younger sister of Brexit hardliner Jacob Rees-Mogg was unveiled as the Brexit Party’s star candidate.
The 40-year-old married mother of one last appeared on the political stage in 2010 as the Tory candidate in Somerton and Froome, losing the Somerset seat to the Lib Dems by less than 2,000 votes.
Ahead of the poll it was claimed David Cameron asked her to shorten her name to Nancy Mogg – but she refused and later claimed ‘I think it’s phoney to pretend to be someone you’re not’.
Annunziata married former soldier Matthew Glanville in 2010 and they have a daughter, Isadora.
Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice is a multi-millionaire property developer in charge of a £500 million portfolio.
He co-founded Leave.EU, which campaigned in the referendum, with Arron Banks.
Tice, 54, then founded Leave Means Leave to fight for a hard Brexit.
He regularly appears on TV and radio to make his case. He had been a loyal Tory backer, and was tipped to stand for them in next year’s election for London’s mayor.
Louis Stedman-Bryce is the Brexit Party’s only Scottish MEP.
He said democracy was being ‘betrayed’ and as a gay black man he was ‘tired’ of the way Brexit voters were portrayed.
Mr Stedman Bryce said: ‘The perception is we are white, homophobic, racists, and don’t know what we voted for. So I stand before you today as a gay black man. And I definitely know what I was voting for. I voted for Brexit.’
He also appeared to break with Nigel Farage during the campaign and said he would not oppose a second Scottish independence referendum.
The care home director said: “If there was a demand for it, we are democrats, we believe in democracy, if the people said that is what they wanted then I don’t feel we would stand in their way.
Ben Habib is chief executive of First Property, a £730 million portfolio that has made the Anglo-Pakistani magnate millions from investments in office blocks in Central Europe.
The company has boasted of exploiting ‘Brexit nervousness’ to maximise profits.
Mr Habib, who lives in a £6 million mansion in Hampshire with wife Sarah and three children, was previously a lifelong Conservative voter who donated to the party
Martin Daubney, now a regular TV pundit but the former editor of 1990s ‘lads’ mag’ Loaded, is the son of a Nottinghamshire coal miner and now a West Midlands MEP.
He won plaudits from voters after he said he believed the current Westminster politicians were ‘clueless’ about the ‘real world’ of ordinary people’s lives and ‘don’t know what a day’s work is’.
After winning one of three Brexit Party seats in the West Midlands, newly-elected MEP Martin Daubney tweeted: ‘I did it! I’m in!’
June Mummery is a member of Fishing For Leave and the managing director of fish market auctioneers BFP Eastern in Lowestoft, Suffolk. Described as a ‘veteran Brexiteer’ who ‘has spent years fighting for the rights of British fisherman by finally taking back controls of our waters’, she has claimed some people call her Boadicea, after the British queen who led a doomed uprising against Roman rule almost 2,000 years ago.
Mummery, 55, backed Brexit for the economic benefits she believes it will bring for the fishing industry, adding: ‘At the moment we have about 500 people making a living from fish in the town. If Brexit goes our way, I believe the workforce will double in the next ten to 15 years.’
Mrs Mummery’s daughter Scarlett, 23, who works on oil rigs, has used her model good looks to gain almost 25,000 followers on Instagram.
James Glancy was a Captain in the elite British Royal Marines and Special Boat Service, serving in three combat tours of Afghanistan.
In 2012, he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for leadership and bravery on the frontline.
He is now a Director of a conservation charity, Veterans 4 Wildlife, where he focuses on the preservation of African wildlife and combating the global trade in shark fins.
James is currently a host on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
He says Brexit has made Britain an international laughing stock.
Former Communist Party member Claire Fox is the director of the Academy of Ideas, which she established to create a public space where ideas can be contested without constraint.
She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is frequently invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions?
She said: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the left. If you sat Nigel and I down, I am not going to agree with them on any range of questions. But the question now is whether we are going to let democracy be overturned’.
Mr Forman is owner of luxury food company H.Forman and Son, famed for its smoked salmon.
Before taking over the family business, Lance Forman started out as President of the Cambridge Union.
He qualified as a chartered accountant at PWC before running his salmon business out of east London.
Matthew is an experienced business and charity director.
He has global board and CEO experience in social impact, sports, commerce, social mobility, governance, campaigning, fundraising and business development knowledge.
He has been Chief Executive of the Lord’s Taverners, Chief Executive at M&C Saatchi Sponsorship and Director of Communications for Clubs for Young People, working with over 400,000 disadvantaged young people.
John Longworth, 60, is a former director of Asda and Tesco who stood down as head of the British Chambers of Commerce in 2016 when he publicly backed Brexit, against the group’s agreed stance. He says MPs have ‘done everything possible to frustrate, delay and undermine’ the process of leaving the EU. He is now chairman of Leave Means Leave, the lobby group set up by Richard Tice.
Christina is a former NHS nurse turned community leader.
She came to the UK from Malaysia in 1985 after starting her career as a secretary at Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.
She completed her Registered General Nurse training at Winchester General Hospital and went on to work as a staff nurse.
Now she lives in Salisbury after a long career in nursing.
She said: ‘I love this country. I want to stand up for the 17.4 million’.
Lucy Harris, a former opera singer turned Brexit campaigner, also won in Yorkshire and Humber.
She hit the headlines last year after she claimed a commuter called her ‘thick and racist’ for wearing a bag supporting leaving the EU.
Ms Harris, a Brexiteer and founder of the pro-Brexit group Leavers of London, accompanied her post with a picture of the man, who denied her claims and described in the incident as ‘friendly chat’.
Henrik Overgaard-Nielsen, 59, a Danish national, who has lived in the UK for more than 20 years with his British wife and children.
He is an NHS dentist, senior trade union official and a socialist, who lives in London and is standing in the North West of England as a candidate.
Mr Overgaard-Nielsen said he was involved in the campaign in Denmark in 1992 to reject the Maastricht Treaty, which he said was then rejected by politicians in that country.
Ex A&E doctor David Bull was spotted by a modelling agency before transitioning into TV.
He appeared on Watchdog before moving to join Tomorrow’s world’ the prime time technology show.
In 2002 David launched the cult show Most Haunted Live, and hosted the world’s largest live ghost hunt, each show being a three hour unscripted live show.
He stood for the Tories in the 2009 election before joining the Brexit Party this year.
Alexandra Phillips was UKIP’s Head of Media for three years but would later join the Conservative Party after Theresa May became leader.
But she left again after her failure to deliver Brexit.
There were jokes and a little confusion as voters in the South East elected two people called Alexandra Phillips to represent them in the European Parliament.
Brexit Party MEP Alexandra Phillips secured a seat in the region alongside leader Nigel Farage and two other party colleagues.
Meanwhile, the Green Party’s Alexandra Phillips, previously the mayor of Brighton and Hove, was also elected.
Robert Rowland was elected alongside Nigel Farage in the south-east.
He helped fund more than £15,000 for supporter Don MacNaughton, 81, who was covered in the strawberry drink by a ‘yob’ who spotted his Brexit Party rosette in Aldershot on Thursday.
An outpouring of public sympathy for the widower saw a crowd-funding effort to pay for his dry cleaning bill surge in popularity, and within hours donations were approaching £15,000.
Mr Rowland explained: ‘It quickly snowballed into an incredible act of charity that gives you faith in the British public.
‘Don was also being offered cash by the great British public on the street, which he steadfastly declined.’
Belinda de Lucy
The new Brexit Party MEP is studying Masters in EU Law while campaigning to leave.
She says she loves Europe and all its 44 nations – but not its political institutions.
She tweeted today: ‘Thank you to all the protesters, campaigners, leafleters, supporters for every hour you stood, insult you bore, mile you marched and EVERY vote you’ve had to make. And they thought we’d come to heel’.
Nathan Gill heads up the Brexit Party in Wales, having previously served as a UKIP MEP.
He is one of two newly-elected Brexit Party MEPs for Wales, tweeted: ‘Thank you Wales! I will never forget that you voted to leave, even though those in Westminster have tried to silence your vote. Along with @JamesfWells I will be your voice in the European Parliament and we will get our Brexit.’
He added: ‘Wales voted to LEAVE! We knew what we were voting for and we still want to LEAVE. @brexitparty-uk is the only party committed to respecting the vote of the people of Wales’.
James Wells, who has been elected in Wales, was a civil servant banned from political involvement so resigned from his job as head of UK trade at the Office for National Statistics.
He left work for the last time on at 4pm and embarked on a campaign to become an MEP the following day.
‘It’s been a bit of a whirlwind,’ he said, but he could no longer go on ‘shouting at the TV’ as he believed ‘democratic values’ were being ‘trampled over’.
Michael Heaver is a former press adviser for Mr Farage who writes for pro-Brexit political news website Westmonster.
The newly-elected Brexit Party MEP tweeted: “Huge win here in East of England with 38% of the vote and 3 Brexit MEPs. The fight back starts now!”
Former UKIP MEP Jonathan Bullock defected to the Brexit Party and is now an MEP in the East Midlands.
For the Conservative Party, Bullock fought the Parliamentary seats of Manchester Gorton in 1992 and Gedling in 2001 before standing in the 2004 European Parliament election in the East Midlands constituency.
Former Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe was the Brexit Party’s lead candidate for the European Elections in the West Midlands.
Mr Lowe, 61, became the football club’s chairman in the mid-1990s and resigned in June 2006 after the club slumped into administration.
In 1997 stood for the Referendum Party and played a high-profile role in the 2016 EU referendum.
Andrew Kerr is a lawyer turned politician who was elected in the West Midlands yesterday.
He also runs a number of business, including an estate agency.
Jake Pugh has been elected to his first political post in Europe overnight as part of the Brexit Party’s big win.
He tweeted today: ‘Three more MEPs for the Brexit Party, taking half of the seats in Yorkshire and the Humber. Congratulations!’
Scottish-born Brian Monteith is PR expert who was a Conservative Member of the Scottish Parliament between 1999 and 2007.
He has now been elected as an MEP for the Brexit Party in the North East England constituency.
Monteith listed a French address as his primary home on his nomination papers and has not said if he will move to the North East region now elected.
Before becoming an MEP, Gateshead-born Mr Tennant is a senior councillor on Hartlepool Borough Councillor, having been elected as an independent and formed a group called the Independent Union.
He has worked in Brussels and was considered to be close to Nigel Farage, helping him with his speaker schedule.