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John Andreas Bufton


MEP
In office
14th July 2009 – July 2014
Constituency Wales

Born 1962
Llanidloes
Political party UKIP

John Bufton (born 31 August 1962 in Llanidloes[1]), is a UKIP Member of the European Parliament for Wales[2].

He was educated at Elan Village Primary School and Llandrindod Wells High School, and joined the family haulage business before embarking on a career managing a residential care home for the elderly with the local authority[1].

Political career

John Bufton's political career began when he was elected onto Rhayader Town Council in 1987. In 1996, he was elected to Powys County Council. In the 1997 General Election, he ran for the Referendum Party in the Montgomeryshire constituency.

In 2000, he ran as UKIP candidate in the Ceredigion by-election, coming fifth with 1.9% of the vote. He also ran for UKIP in the 2005 General Election, 2007 Welsh Assembly Elections and 2008 Powys County Council election[1].

In 2009, John Bufton became UKIP's first MEP for Wales, picking up the fourth available seat from Labour, and pushing the Liberal Democrats into 5th place.

2009 EURO ELECTION - WALES Conservative: 145,193 (21.2%, up 1.8%) Labour: 138,852 (20.3%, down 12.2%) Plaid Cymru: 126,702 (18.5%, up 1.1%) UKIP: 87,585 (12.8%, up 2.3%) Lib Dems: 73,082 (10.7%, up 0.2%) Greens: 38,160 (5.6%, up 2%) BNP: 37,114 (5.4%, up 2.5%) Christian Party: 13,037 (1.9%) Socialist Labour Party: 12,402 (1.8%) No2EU Yes to Democracy: 8,600 (1.3%) Jury Team: 3,793 (0.6%)

Also in 2009, Bufton was appointed to serve on the Committee on Regional Development, at the European Parliament.

Regarding this appointment, he said "I will do my best to represent the people of Wales and to use what ever influence and authority I have to further the cause of people here. I will also spend my time seeking out abuses of power and money within the EU to show the people of Wales the truth of what happens in our name 'over there'[1]."

References

  1. ^ a b c d Party Profile
  2. ^ European Election 2009: Wales
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