JAMES CARVER - LEDBURY'S UKIP MEP

THE TASTE of victory at the ballot box has been a long time coming for new UKIP MEP, James Carver, of Brooms Green.

Mr Carver, aged 44, prides himself on having joined UKIP in 1996, as a "very early member", and as someone who shared a platform with Nigel Farage that same year.

"I know him very well," said Mr Carver, who worked for a while as his leader's personal assistant.

Mr Carver, who has a business making umbrellas, also prides himself for standing without success in three general elections, - at a time when the political weather was less conducive to UKIP success.

Now he is to be a regular at Strasbourg and Brussels, - as a West Midlands UKIP MEP, in a European Parliament he does not believe in.

Mr Carver, when asked why he stood as an MEP, said: "I want my country back. I am not in this for personal glory or wealth. Outside the EU, the world's our oyster - within it, our future is in a clam.

"I have been elected to the only parliament in the Western World where a member of that parliament does not have the ability to introduce legislation."

Instead, he can only vote on "proposals from an unelected European Commission".

Mr Carver added: "We will take whatever steps are necessary to protect British interests. It will be a far more Eurosceptic chamber, this time."

There has drift to the extreme right of politics, in a number of European countries; but Mr Carver believes UKIP should not be placed in that category.

He said: "I am sick of being called a racist. If I was a racist, I would have joined a racist party. UKIP is a moderate party, - I would say in the complete centre, with support from all levels of society."

Mr Carver added: "We had 2204 local election candidates, and only had problems with fifteen.

"We are the only party with a ban on former BNP and National Front members."

Mr Carver continued: "My maternal grandfather was a Polish Jew and my paternal grandmother was a Romany Gypsy."

He said he was personally concerned about "the rise of extremism across the European Union".

Mr Carver denied that UKIP success was down to protest votes, and said a raft of policies would be introduced around the party conference time, and prior to the 2015 general election.

Mr Carver, who grew up in Kent, moved to Brooms Green fifteen years ago.

He lost his wife Carmen to a long-term illness, in 2010, and is now in a relationship with his partner, Anne.

Mr Carver's hobbies and interests include his Jack Russell dogs and metal detecting, and he is particularly proud of a bronze age axe head which he unearthed.

Mr Carver ran the London Marathon several years ago, and he is keen to take up running again, if and when time allows.

But now his mobile phone hardly ever seems to stop ringing.

"My feet haven't touched the ground," he said.

Looking ahead, he said he had no thought to become UKIP leader one day.

He said: "Getting elected is a humbling experience. I don't want to run before I can walk."

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11:50pm Wed 28 May 14

WYSIATI says...

The only parliament where members cannot introduce legislation, quite so. That's because it comes from the commission acting in accord with the council of ministers and under the direction of the member state governments. Why would anyone want to introduce a chamber of unknown and frequently uninspiring prima donnas, many now openly obstructive and insulting to their colleagues into the process? Look forward to some work on your policies as the ones I saw cannot be taken seriously.
The only parliament where members cannot introduce legislation, quite so. That's because it comes from the commission acting in accord with the council of ministers and under the direction of the member state governments. Why would anyone want to introduce a chamber of unknown and frequently uninspiring prima donnas, many now openly obstructive and insulting to their colleagues into the process? Look forward to some work on your policies as the ones I saw cannot be taken seriously. WYSIATI
  • Score: 9

10:04am Thu 29 May 14

Hilary Jones says...

Poor bloke. Sounds almost decent for a UKIP man. (Mind, so does Farage & he still wouldn't want to live next door to a Romanian immigrant) He's in for a nasty shock when he gets to Brussels, joins the gravy train mob & discovers the truth about the attitudes of his less savoury colleagues
Poor bloke. Sounds almost decent for a UKIP man. (Mind, so does Farage & he still wouldn't want to live next door to a Romanian immigrant) He's in for a nasty shock when he gets to Brussels, joins the gravy train mob & discovers the truth about the attitudes of his less savoury colleagues Hilary Jones
  • Score: 2

10:43am Thu 29 May 14

LOOTS supporter says...

The gentleman does seem a decent chap but does he support abolishing maternity benefit and gay marriage, 33.3% tax no matter what the income, reintroduction of the death penalty, lifting of the smoking ban, re-introduction of hunting with hounds, giving the go ahead to fracking, privatisation of the N.H.S. ?....etc. etc. (Even legalisation of handguns according to the Daily Telegraph! ) These are the policies that UKIP supporters have been voting for.
The gentleman does seem a decent chap but does he support abolishing maternity benefit and gay marriage, 33.3% tax no matter what the income, reintroduction of the death penalty, lifting of the smoking ban, re-introduction of hunting with hounds, giving the go ahead to fracking, privatisation of the N.H.S. ?....etc. etc. (Even legalisation of handguns according to the Daily Telegraph! ) These are the policies that UKIP supporters have been voting for. LOOTS supporter
  • Score: 5

11:12am Thu 29 May 14

drewinledbury says...

"Mr Carver denied that UKIP success was down to protest votes, and said a raft of policies would be introduced around the party conference time, and prior to the 2015 general election. "

...this says a lot.

People didn't vote for policies they voted at best as a protest and at worse...well, you know what I mean (to quote Mr Farage)

Most people who voted UKIP are not racist nor homophobic (apart from the odd Newent candidate) I'm sure, but it is a shame UKIP used xenophobia as one weapon to frighten people into voting for them rather than focussing on the legitimate arguments on democracy.
"Mr Carver denied that UKIP success was down to protest votes, and said a raft of policies would be introduced around the party conference time, and prior to the 2015 general election. " ...this says a lot. People didn't vote for policies they voted at best as a protest and at worse...well, you know what I mean (to quote Mr Farage) Most people who voted UKIP are not racist nor homophobic (apart from the odd Newent candidate) I'm sure, but it is a shame UKIP used xenophobia as one weapon to frighten people into voting for them rather than focussing on the legitimate arguments on democracy. drewinledbury
  • Score: 6

12:27pm Thu 29 May 14

ValerieMcLean says...

Hopefully more than 30% of voters will turn out to vote in the general election next year and voters will be more aware of all UKIP's policies
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Hopefully more than 30% of voters will turn out to vote in the general election next year and voters will be more aware of all UKIP's policies . ValerieMcLean
  • Score: 3

3:38pm Thu 29 May 14

Earl_UK says...

So the UK and be a Soverign self governing entity for its citizens to choose their laws and not dictated to by an unelected European Commision.
So the UK and be a Soverign self governing entity for its citizens to choose their laws and not dictated to by an unelected European Commision. Earl_UK
  • Score: -4

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