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Nikki Sinclaire MEP

Assumed office 
4 June 2009

Born 26 July 1968 (1968-07-26) (age 41)

Nicole Sinclaire (born 26 July 1968 in London)[1] is a British politician and MEP.

Sinclaire was one of the UK Independence Party's longest-serving high profile activists, but had the UKIP whip withdrawn due to an argument over the party's membership of the EFD group in the European Parliament. Sinclaire has insisted she is not leaving the party.[2]


UKIP activist

Sinclaire held many positions within UKIP including Head Office Manager (1999–2001), member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and Party Secretary under the leadership of Roger Knapman. In the 2009 European Parliament Elections she was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands region.

In 2001 she was dismissed from her position as Head Office Manager by then Party Secretary Michael Harvey, but successfully took her case to an employment tribunal.[citation needed] In the same year she was disqualified from the NEC, shortly after being elected, by Returning Officer and Party Treasurer John de Roeck.[citation needed] In 2003, representing herself, she took UKIP to the High Court, successfully overturning her disqualification to the NEC.[citation needed] In 2004 she became Party Secretary, a position which she later resigned to become Political Adviser to Mike Nattrass MEP.[citation needed]

Sinclaire has twice stood for Parliament: in Medway 2001 and Halesowen and Rowley Regis in 2005.

In January 2005 Sinclaire demonstrated at the Strasbourg parliament against the proposed EU constitution, holding a banner stating ‘NO’ in many languages and was beaten to the ground by several security guards for doing so.[3]

During the 2005 UK general election campaign Sinclaire stood as the UKIP candidate for Halesowen & Rowley Regis, more than doubling the previous vote. Although Sinclaire was arrested after refusing to leave a public debate, "Queer Question Time" (to discuss issues related to the gay community).[4] Her arrest sparked street protests by UKIP members and the public and she was released without charge a few hours later.[5]

In October 2008, it was reported that Nikki Sinclaire briefly met Baroness Thatcher at a Bruges Group dinner. Sinclaire told Thatcher that she would be standing as an MEP candidate for the UK Independence Party in the West Midlands. According to the BBC report, Lady Thatcher replied "Good for you. Never give up, never give up".[6]

UKIP leadership bid

On 11 September 2009, Sinclaire announced she would stand in the 2009 UKIP leadership election.[7] The decision to stand followed UKIP leader Nigel Farage's announcement on Friday 4 September that he would stand down. She came third in the ballot with 1,214 votes

The EFD controversy and expulsion from UKIP

In January 2010, Sinclaire resigned from the Europe of Freedom and Democracy grouping in the European Parliament, to which UKIP belongs, citing her displeasure at what she claims to be some of the racist, extremist parties that belong to the EFD Group. She also cited a deterioration of her relationship with Nigel Farage, who is co-leader of the EFD group.[8] Whilst denouncing the EFD of racism and anti-semitism[9] Sinclaire chose as her Parliamentary Advisor Gary Cartwright,[10] a former National Democrats regional organiser[11] and candidate[12] and a regular contributor to David Irving's historical revisionist Focal Point website. [13][14][15] Cartwright is currently connected with the white supremacist Springbok Club[16] which is run by Odinic Rite activist Alan Harvey.[17]

Sinclaire was subsequently expelled from UKIP for refusing to be part of the EFD group,[2] On its website, UKIP stated:[18]

"She has also proved unable to collaborate adequately with the voluntary party in the UK, particularly with the regional committee in the West Midlands. The national executive committee has therefore removed the whip; Nikki Sinclaire may no longer describe herself as a UKIP MEP, and she may not stand as a UKIP candidate in the forthcoming general election."

Election contested

Date of election Constituency Party Votes  % ±%
2001 Medway UKIP 958 2.5 +1.6
2005 Halesowen and Rowley Regis UKIP 1,974 4.8 +2.4
2009 (European) West Midlands UKIP 300,471 21.3 +3.8


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