This is everything I discovered about >all< of The Brexit Party MEP candidates.
From gay conversion therapy advocates to supporters of paedophilia legalisation, from climate change deniers to rampant tax avoiders, from NHS abolitionists to besties of neo-Nazis, from fracking supporters to unabashed profiteers of chaos…
I have a hunch that 2–10% of my friends, family and colleagues are going to go to their local voting booths on Thursday and scrawl a cross next to The Brexit Party.
Firstly, I still love you guys. Despite, um, everything.
Secondly, I wrote this handy list for you. It’s about your favourite party’s candidates.
Now, I was kinda worried you might be voting for The Brexit Party for one reason (especially as they forgot to publish more than one policy). And that you might reconcile yourself with the motley crew as a wanky means to an end.
Some of you might not have the time to investigate what kind of people you’re voting for, and what views they have, something made harder by their often suspicious levels of secrecy and stonewalling. Put simply, you might not know who you are voting to give power and influence to.
Which is why I took the time to do the reading for you.
I read up on every single listed Brexit Party MEP candidate, and some staff members, to find out what kind of people they are. And it was an epic, revealing slog.
PLOT SPOILERS: Many of them are really, really into things like conversion therapy for gay people, many support and are beaming friends to actual fascists, and a number have campaigned for a paedophile’s right to access child porn or groom children. Heck, that’s just for starters.
A vast amount have a history of tax avoidance / using tax havens, or are minted enough for Brexit to present a massive green light for such practices — see the pesky EU Anti Tax Avoidance Directive, which sets out to clamp down on several types of tax avoidance (https://ec.europa.eu/taxation_customs/business/company-tax/anti-tax-avoidance-package/anti-tax-avoidance-directive_en). And many candidates preside over corporations that are paid to show other corporations how to comprehensively dodge and mitigate paying tax.
A vast number of Brexit Party candidates work in property, finance, or real estate. Which is fine, only many of them have been spectacularly candid about — and quoted on — their desire to personally profit from and fecklessly exploit the chaos and decline that they openly admit Brexit would cause.
Many candidates manage huge businesses and have been vocal about how fed up they are with annoying things like the EU telling them that their food produce needs to be safe to consume, or that they need to pay their employees sick leave.
If this doesn’t make you angry, read that again.
A huge number of Brexit Party candidates are climate change deniers. And work in fossil fuels, are pro-fracking, or anti-environmentalism or anti-renewable energy. Some Brexit Party candidates describe themselves as environmentalists, scientists or physicists, which sounds nice on paper… until you realise they specialise in nuclear power or fossil fuels.
Some describe themselves as journalists or authors. Which also sounds nice, until you realise they write incessantly on dubious websites about how great colonialism was, how climate change is a lie, and how welfare and the NHS should be abolished, and much more. Far too many write slavishly for neo-Nazi websites like Breitbart, and infamously inaccurate papers, while several churn out bile on very murky websites like Spiked Magazine.
A lot of them aren’t ‘bad boys of Brexit’; they’re just shit human beings.
A very significant number seem to be pretending they are taking on the establishment, even if they are privately educated, multi-millionaires, besties with billionaires, Etonians, Bullingdon Club members, linked to the Rothschilds, friends with Cameron, work for the Koch brothers, or play polo with aristocrats. I’d be lying if I said that this is the sweeping majority, but it’s amazing how so many of these very same people are masquerading as ‘mums of four’, men of the people, or little people heroically taking on the elite.
I don’t want to generalise too much about the candidates, as some are seemingly decent, well-meaning people, a percentage of which have done some selfless and admirable things for the community. Though an interesting number of ostensibly decent candidates (doctors, lawyers, charity workers etc) actually have shady backgrounds, inexcusable beliefs, and skeletons in their closets, or are at best hypocritically burying their heads in the sand about their party bedfellows.
*Also, while make a point of mentioning these things, I’m >not< resolutely against people having a private school education, being from a wealthy family, or working in finance, or even in real estate ;) . I mention these things because they often indicate false personas, conflicts of interest, ulterior motives, and self-serving agendas. And I realise that you can find hypocrisy or dirt out about nearly everyone; I’ll simply leave it up to you to decide if they still worth voting for.
The list of candidates appears quite diverse, though this illustrates striking contradictions. For example, one candidate describes themselves as an environmentalist, yet holds hands with numerous climate change deniers and fossil fuel advocates. Some are gay, yet stand alongside repugnant, vocal homophobes. Some are European migrants, yet stand with candidates who relentlessly write bile about Romanians and the Polish. Some are anti-IRA campaigners, yet are bedfellows with unrepentant supporters of IRA bombers.
Many Brexit Party candidates simply don’t exist online, and haven’t bothered setting up a website or Twitter page, and there is no way of fathoming what their politics are, or what experience they may or may not have. Which must have its advantages. (Incidentally, numerous candidates have rock-bottom experience in politics. Or in everyday life.)
Here we go. All you have to do is have a quick read of this list.
This. is. who. you’re. voting. for.
Where to begin….
Farage has joined rallies with far-right parties in Germany on invitation of relatives of actual Nazis (link). He has swooned over and been linked to the far-right party Marine Le Pen in France (link). He is best friends with Trump (who has a history of discriminating against black people and not condemning neo-Nazis, even giving them jobs in his cabinet, for example Steve Bannon) (link). In fact, Farage is also very good friends with Steve Bannon of far-right website Breitbart (link), whose leaked emails proved he was trying to rebrand actual neo-Nazi organisations (link); Farage describes him as “my kind of chap”. Farage also cozied up with far-right talkshow host Alex Jones (who claimed high school shootings in the US were faked), chiming in with numerous conspiracy theories during six appearances on his show (link). He was quoted as saying he admires Putin, presumably because of all the assassinating and censorship (link).
Numerous former school friends and teachers at Farage’s elite private school (Dulwich College) have attested that Nigel used to sing Hitler Youth songs, sing “gas ’em all”, boast about having the same initials as the National Front, and worshipped (still worships) famous racist Enoch Powell (who himself was quoted as saying “What’s wrong with racism?”) (link).
Nigel’s thinly-veiled racism is so magnetic he can’t organise a protest without the far-right EDL from attending. He has smeared and expressed his distrust of Romanian people (link), most likely while sporting a vacant, sh**-eating grin and gleaming his beady shrimp eyes.
He’s a man so heroic, that when gay and disabled protestors surprised him in a pub, he fled in a car and left his children behind (link).
He tries to camouflage himself as a working class man of the people, but is one of the highest paid politicians in the UK, a multi-millionaire who resided in a £4m Chelsea home. He criticised European bureaucrats earning £100,000 a year but himself enjoys £84,000 as an MEP, plus pension, plus tens of thousands in allowances, and earns hundreds of thousands a year from being a professional wanker on TV and radio (link).
When asked if tycoon Arron Banks, who is under investigation by the National Crime Agency for multiple suspected criminal offences, was funding him to the tune of nearly half a million pounds and supplying him with houses and cars, Farage lied that he wasn’t. (Banks himself admitted it.) (link)
Farage — who looks suspiciously like he was dredged up by a deep sea trawler net causing his facial tissue to collapse — is a board member of investment company Sofina (which invests in things like energy and real estate, and offer tax services to businesses), uses the Isle of Man as a tax haven, has said that tax avoidance is “okay”, has used various techniques to avoid paying tax, has misspent public funds, and has refused to release his tax returns (link).
Farage — who looks like that alien in MIB that disguised itself as a human and couldn’t control its spasming face — wants to replace the NHS, saying: “We need to move to an insurance-based system of healthcare” (link). He has also suggested people with HIV shouldn’t be allowed into Britain (link).
I could go on, but if you have half a conscience, the above should be enough to dissuade you from voting for a party with this unconvincing semblance of a human for its leader.
Paul Nuttall is a homophobe who doesn’t want school education to acknowledge that gay people exist, and says equality has gone too far (link). He is a member of the UK’s largest anti-abortion organisation (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children), who are anti-same-sex marriage (link).
He is friends with Slavcho Binev, a Bulgarian politician of the far-right radical nationalist group ITS (link). According to his college lecturer, David Renton, Paul Nuttall was a fan of Holocaust denier David Irving, and in his work had “suggested that there was an argument to be made that the Jewish people had brought it on themselves” (link). During his time as UKIP leader, he had a history of only appointing white men to prominent positions of the party.
Nuttall has a history of making false statements in campaign literature, with the High Court ruling he was slurring opponents while inflaming religious tensions. It has been proven that Nuttall is a serial liar. He lied about being present at the Hillsborough disaster and losing friends to it. He lied about having a PHD (at a university that didn’t exist at the time). He lied about being on the board of directors at a charity. Lastly, he lied about being a footballer for Tranmere Rovers (link).
Paul Nuttall has voiced opposition against the existence of the NHS, calling for it to be privatised, and wants healthcare to be more competitive (link).
He thinks waterboarding and other torture methods are fine (link), and he wants to reintroduce the death penalty (link). While he has also downplayed the atrocities committed by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (link). He wants to ban burqas in public, even if a Muslim woman chooses to wear one of her own choice (link).
Former Tory prison minister Ann Widdecombe is extremely against homosexuality. She has voted consistently against pro-LGBT legislation and opposed same-sex marriage (link), and even voiced support for gay conversion therapy (link). She has spoken out against transgender people. She has been quoted and filmed referred to gay relationships as “disgusting” (link) and “wrongful” (link).
Weirdly, for a woman, Widdecombe seems to really hate women. She has victim-blamed Harvey Weinstein’s abuse victims (link). She called The Women’s March “pathetic” (link). She is against the Church of England ordaining women as priests (link), and has also argued that pregnant prisoners should be shackled during childbirth (link). She also supports the death penalty (link).
Claire Fox doesn’t think the government should ban people from watching child porn. Yeah, you heard me. She has defended Gary Glitter’s right to download child porn on a Radio 5 Live phone-in (link).
Claire Fox also defended and has forever refused to condemn an IRA bomb attack (1993, Cheshire Town, which killed schoolchildren) (link), and was once part of the Revolutionary Communist Party, which ‘rampantly supported the IRA’ to the point of not wanting peace talks or an end to the conflict. Possibly in an effort to move with the times, Fox has also said that she doesn’t think the government should ban Jihadi terrorist videos (link).
A person of priorities, she has defended homophobic reggae artist Beenie Man’s sung invocation to murder gay men (link).
Claire Fox is a writer for Spiked Magazine (link) — you’ll see this website come up several times with other Brexit Party candidates listed below. To give you a wider picture, it has been characterised as anti-environmentalist, argues for a repeal of hate speech, and has defended the rights of paedophiles to publish grooming manuals. The magazine was renamed after the original version — Living Marxism — which Claire Fox co-published, went bankrupt for spreading a hoax that suggested Bosnian Muslims weren’t persecuted and victims of genocide, while also opposing UK gun control after the Dunblane Massacre (link). What a magazine…
To give you an even wider picture of Spiked Magazine, it is funded by The Koch Brothers, the two brothers of a US family who control Koch Industries, the second largest privately owned company in the US with 2017 revenues of $100bn, which started out in oil and petrol. They have built a political network of conservative donors and think tanks, and promoted legislation to reduce tax rates for businesses as advocated by the Trump administration, and their groups have been active in denying climate change and opposing climate change legislation. Their Cato Institute think tank, one of the most influential in the US, opposes minimum wage, child labor prohibitions, and public sector unions and wants to abolish the welfare state (link).
As well as opposing gun control in the UK, Fox has been linked to pro-gun American groups, and has also been funded by ‘unpleasant’ pharmaceutical companies (link).
Fox is anti-PC, and has attacked multiculturalism (link). She is vocally pro-GM crops, has frequently tweeted her denial of climate science, and is anti-environmentalism (link). She is the founder and director of the ‘shadowy’ Institute of Ideas (the trading name of the Academy of Ideas), a think tank that hosts debates asking if we can trust scientists, is linked to Monsanto, is pro-GM crops, and super fine with hate speech (link).
She got upset on Twitter when Led By Donkeys printed actual quotes from Nigel Farage on billboards, falsely claiming they were lies — lying herself, basically (link).
James Heartfield was also once part of the Revolutionary Communist Party (see above) (link).
A writer and lecturer, like Claire Fox he has also written for Spiked Magazine (see above) (link), a total of 24 times (see above), writing stellar articles claiming that the Grenfell Tower fire was actually due to “the moral fervour of the climate-change campaign to make money” (!) (link), other articles bashing efforts to reduce emissions, and others arguing towns are being “strangled” by green belts, which should be ‘bulldozed’ (link). Has also written books and articles that denying climate change is caused by the human race and criticising efforts to reduce carbon emissions (link).
His articles include one lamenting that the punching of white-nationalist Richard Spencer was “tragic” (link). Interpret that however you like.
Martin Daubney has been described as a ‘commentator’ and ‘journalist’. More accurately, he is the former editor of the now-deceased Loaded magazine (link). He co-founded the Men & Boys Coalition.
He has written a lot of articles about the plight of men for The Telegraph — this newspaper is linked to a number of Brexit Party candidates below, so perhaps it’s worth a passing mention that it is paper with a history of fraudulent coverage, being pro-Kremlin, and being one of the papers with the most upheld IPSO complaints, mostly over inaccuracy (link).
Daubney has been quoted as saying that feminism is a middle class and privileged issue (link). One of Martin Daubney’s Telegraph articles is a misguided ‘not all men!’ whinge in relation to Harvey Weinstein (link), while another is a important feat of journalism about how liberals ‘ruined Star Wars’ (link).
He once organised a “straight pride” march through London as he was worried heterosexuality was being “undermined” (link). Which is quite fragile and arguably a bit mental.
He has tweeted numerous times that climate change “cannot be proven” (link).
The Brexit Party’s original leader and walking face-palm, Catherine Blaiklock (who is actually still listed as a director of the party), resigned amidst controversy for writing numerous anti-Islam Twitter messages (portraying Muslims as rapists) (link), complaining of seeing people of different races minding their own business in public, and retweeting far-right messages (by Tommy Robinson, a neo-Nazi linked to the KKK called Mark Collett, and Joe Walsh) (link).
I’m going to pause to mention that Tommy Robinson is linked to a number of Brexit Party candidates below. I don’t have time to go into everything the epic bell-end, speck-of-shit Nazi has done and said, but do peruse his Wikipedia page (link).
Blaiklock has also written articles siding with Donald Trump and bashing demonstrators against him (link).
Lance Forman (Lance Anisfield)
Lance Forman is a Brexit Party London candidate, and a luxury food mogul, the managing director of H Forman & Son after inheriting the business. He dreams of completely deregulating business by leaving the EU (link), and has spoken of his annoyance at pesky EU regulations on food safety inconveniencing his luxury business (link).
He has freely admitted that Brexit will be a catastrophe, although he chirpily expects to be a winner among the losers, expecting his business to benefit (link). He was formerly a chartered accountant for Price Waterhouse.
He is a climate change denier and critic of the “global warming brigade” (link).
Interestingly, Lance Forman is also known as Lance Anisfeld, seemingly his real name. His son is Oliver Anisfeld, 24, who is the UK chief executive of pro-Trump, pro-low tax student group Turning Point — which is linked to other Brexit Party candidates below. It is worth mentioning at this point that Turning Point UK is a rightwing student organisation, and an offshoot of the American counterpart. Member Darren Grimes was fined tens of thousands for breaking EU referendum spending laws. The group campaigns for lower taxes and less government (link).
The USA version of Turning Point have campaigned against campus safe spaces, and is funded by big Republican Party donors, invited Milo Yiannapoulos to speak at campuses, and has broke election campaign laws. It is funded by fossil fuels and has been plagued by incidents of racism (link).
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert
Alka Sehgal Cuthbert is an ex-member of the Revolutionary Communist Party (see above) (link), and a former teacher. Her politics are consistently about allowing people to be freely racist, sexist and homophobic, while trying to pseudo-intellectualise these sentiments.
She has written extensively about being an opponent of decolonialisation and complaining about the removal of statues of famous racists from public places (link). My heart bleeds for her.
Another of her Spiked Magazine articles dismisses concerns over female genital mutilation, referring to it as a “panic”, and to victims of it as “so-called victims”, saying she might not report it if she came across it as a teacher (link). Nice.
George Farmer is the chairman of pro-Trump rightwing movement Turning Point UK (see Lance Forman above, for more on its history of racism, fossil fuel funding, hatred of paying tax, and law-breaking etc) (link).
In addition to this George Farmer is engaged to Candace Owens, who he declares is the love of his life — Candace Owens is a “far-right” “ultra-conservative” known for being pro-Trump, criticising Black Lives Matter, referring to police violence against black people as “trivial”, having Milo Yiannapolous as a supporter, appearing on conspiracy websites such as Alex Jones’s Info Wars, and on Fox News, criticising women for not having children or marrying, criticising feminism, denying climate change, making numerous false claims, being banned from Facebook, being an NRA member, and referring to Hitler’s domestic policies as “fine” (link).
And breathe in...
George Farmer was a member of The Bullingdon Club, and a fan of going hunting in South Africa with his Bullingdon friends while inexplicably wearing dinner jackets (link). Whatever floats your boat.
Him and his mates were known to fly around together on his father’s private jets. His father, Lord Farmer, is a multi-millionaire (£141m) hedge fund manager and baron, who was a Tory treasurer and funded the party to the tune of £8m (link).
He has tried to smear environmentalists as privileged (which is a bit rich, pardon the pun, coming from him), and he admits he has fossil fuel donors (link).
Phillip Basey is the treasurer for The Brexit Party. He is an accountant, who had worked for UKIP.
He also worked for rightwing pressure group The TaxPayer’s Alliance, which campaigns for businesses to pay less tax, and has links to climate change-denying think tanks, is thought to have breached laws on charities and tax, and also allegedly has links to oil billionaires and The Koch brothers (link).
Basey is the father of page 3 and Loaded magazine model Loretta/Elle Basey. It is perhaps worth mentioning here that she wed financier Nat Rothschild — who is is the heir of Lord and Lady Rothschild, is worth around £650m, is linked to Etonians and Russian oligarchs, and a supporter of Brexit (link). Nat was Eton-educated and a member of The Bullingdon Club. His declared inheritance was 500m, and his actual inheritance is rumoured to be 40bn. He has an 11% share in a property company, other property interests, and has oil and gas interests. He is linked to the son of Gaddafi (link).
Nat’s father, Lord Rothschild, was chairman of BskyB (Sky UK), was transferred shares by soon-to-be arrested Russian oil industrialists, and has oil and gas exploration interests in the Golan Heights (link).
Michael McGough was the former Brexit Party treasurer (and is still listed as a director), but was fired for calling Grenfell Tower survivors “illegal aliens enjoying an amnesty” and making anti-semitic jibes about the Miliband family. He also wrote homophobic posts about ‘shirt-lifters’, and Islamophobic posts on social media (link).
A retired royal navy admiral who likes chatting to neo-Nazi website Breitbart (link). He likes retweeting pictures on Twitter of the Brexit bus with the false £350 million for the NHS promise (link). Has a background in working as a CEO of an offshore oil installation group/centre CMPT.
Shares 50% DNA with Jacob Rees-Mogg. She is a former Tory, and twice-failed Tory candidate, and a leader writer for The Telegraph. She went to fee-paying private school, and has worked in investment banking. Is pro-fox hunting (link). She has poked fun at global warming, expressed a wish for coal to make a comeback, and has expressed an interest in Canadian tar-sands oil (link).
She once wrote a wonderfully titled article called “How to profit from the world’s water crisis” (link). Amazing.
A former UKIP MEP. Curiously, the home care company he set up with his mother, Burgill Ltd, mainly employed staff from Poland and the Philippines on low wages. The company collapsed into administration with debts of £116,000 (link).
Richard (James Sunley) Tice
A multi-millionaire property developer and ‘vulture capitalist’, Richard Tice is the CEO of asset management group Quidnet Capital LLP with £500 million of property under management, whose business enjoys the use of tax haven Bermuda, and seems to also use The Channel Islands for the same purpose (link). Quidnet are in the business of repositioning real estate, acquiring investment opportunities, and sourcing competitive deals (link). Tice was also CEO of real estate group CLS Holdings from 2010 to 2014 (link). He has followed the lead of his grandfather, who was one of the most successful property developers of the 1950s, Bernard Sunley (link).
The tycoon also co-founded Leave Means Leave with Richard Longsworth and Arron Banks. However, he has been quoted as saying that investment banks and bosses think Brexit would be catastrophic for the UK (link). He appeared in an open-top bus with ‘Leave means leave’ on the side’, promising non-EU booze to anyone who would talk to him for two minutes; two people turned up, one of them an amused journalist (link).
He has dodged questions on TV about the Leave campaign’s irregularities and mysterious benefactors. He is friends and ‘brother-in-arms’ with Arron Banks (link) — now might be a good time to mention Arron Banks. There is far too much about him to go over succinctly, but he has multiple links to Trump and Russia, is a homophobe, and worked in real estate. He seems to have funded the leave campaign with millions of pounds from outside the UK, and has had multiple meetings with Russian embassy officials. He has a string of legal actions and investigations against him. He was named in the Panama Papers where he was linked to tax avoidance in the British Virgin Islands. He has interests in diamond mines in South Africa, and his father was a sugar plantation owner in various African countries (link).
Ben Habib is property developer and chief executive of First Property Chief PLC. He has described the “volatility” of Brexit provides an opportunity for his “opportunistic” company to profit. He has been quoted as saying “The pound would fall in value… our [company’s] income streams would go up in value. So we’re quids in on that front” (link).
David Coburn is a businessman and former financial trader, and the owner of a freight company. He is pro-fracking, voicing support of it in Falkirk (link).
He was leader of UKIP Scotland, and referred to the SNP as a “pestilence”, and has a history of sexism towards female SNP candidates, and making terrorism jibes about Asian SNP candidates (link). He earned 1.2% of the vote for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath in 2017 snap election (link).
Despite being gay, he thinks gay marriage should be banned (link).
He was blocked by Wikipedia for edit warring.
Graham (Barry) Shore
Graham Shore worked for 28 years at Shore Capital and Corporate Ltd as Chair of VST Investment Committee (and was previously MD), a company that deals in finance, equity and asset management, with £800m under management, and a big focus on real estate and avoiding and mitigating tax (link).
His brother, and Chairman of the company, Howard Shore, has recorded news interviews pondering how can “we take advantage” of Brexit, asking “do we deregulate and become the Singapore or Hong Kong of Europe?” and cheerily describes Brexit as a divorce, while deludedly claiming we will get everything we want out of Brexit, while the presenter accuses him of cherrypicking (link). This is despite share prices in their company falling since the Brexit referendum. He wants the business to benefit from sweeping deregulation that he dreams may come from leaving the EU (link).
Otherwise, Graham Shore himself doesn’t really exist as a politician online.
Edmund John Fordham
Fordham is described as a physicist and engineer. More tellingly, he has worked for Schlumberger Ltd, the world’s largest oilfield services company (link). He also appears to be involved in the practice of using Nuclear Power to extract oil (a method known as NMR or EOR — in other words advanced methods for obtaining crude oil, which is linked to increases in oil prices, and causes toxic and radioactive substances to surface) (link).
Schlumberger have a history of losing radiactive canisters, hydraulic acid spills, and releasing chlorine compounds into the environment (link). In this industry, there is frustration at the EU for their increased preference for renewable energy (dismissed as “wishful thinking”), with advocates wanting governments to “get out of the way”, and for Europe to be more like the US (link).
Asides from nuclear stuff, doesn’t seem to exist online, though he does have an exciting Twitter page with 35 followers and no tweets (link).
Describing herself as an environmental scientist, Harborne is Executive Director at Cambridge Advanced Research, which I couldn’t find out much about, though her clients have included the World Institute for Nuclear Security, British Nuclear Fuels and repeatedly controversial nuclear site Sellafield (link).
A former Tory, she describes Ann Widdecome on Twitter as “totally awesome” (see Ann Widdecome, above) (link), so make of that what you will.
Andrew Allison is head of campaigns at The Freedom Association, an anti-trade union pressure group with links to the Tory Party and UKIP, which once campaigned against sporting sanctions against apartheid-era South Africa, and were sore about the BBC broadcasting “anti-apartheid propaganda”. Farage has also been involved in the group (link).
Allison was a National Grassroots Coordinator then Head of Campaigns at the rightwing think tank TaxPayers’ Alliance (see above) (link).
He seems to rate Margaret Thatcher hugely on his Twitter page (link).
Interestingly, he doesn’t seem to be too fond of his own party’s leader. He previously referred to Farage as a ‘dictator’ and ‘out-and-out bastard’ in a Tweet (link). There’s something I can agree with him on.
A financial services worker, and independent school-educated, she owns a business that specialises in minimizing taxes and is “constantly identifying new ways to reduce federal, state or local tax liabilities.” (link)
Otherwise, she doesn’t seem to be on Twitter, and has little online presence.
A journalist and author who started out in banking. As with other Brexit Party candidates who describe themselves as writers, he is the fucking worst.
He has written books complaining about the welfare state, trying to argue that social housing, food stamps and the NHS are the devil (link). He has written books and articles about how to destroy the NHS, and has been quoted as saying “The NHS is not a national treasure. It is the cause of great suffering” (link).
He is a former writer for journalistic cesspit The Daily Mail. He has also written frequently for The Telegraph, wailing about socialism, while trumpeting about Brexit as a self-serving investment opportunity. While he admits Brexit is “in turmoil”, is “gut-wrenching”, “truly miserable”, and “uncertain”, and that shares are falling “largely brought about by Brexit”, he nevertheless offers tips to Premium subscribers of The Telegraph on how to exploit and capitalise from its “money-making opportunities”. However, he admits to personally having some “pretty awful losses” and to having to sell his shares in a hurry due to his bigger holdings continuing to disappoint, both of which are due to the very thing he is campaigning for — Brexit (link).
He also proudly invented the meaningless rightwing buzzword phrase ‘virtue signalling’, which he uses to — on encountering conscientious people with a moral code — make himself feel better about being an amoral, vacuous cunt (link).
A senior official and National Party Agent for The Brexit Party, and a former UKIP member, Noel Matthews has expressed support for far-right former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson, mocked the concept of Islamophobia as something that doesn’t exist, and sided with Donald Trump when Trump refused to condemn neo-Nazi rallies in Charlottesville (link).
He wrote an article called ‘Fracking Must Be Welcomed’, which raves about how it is “the next chapter in the success story of fossil fuels” (link).
Michael Heaver is a co-founder of Westmonster with Arron Banks, a website moaning about foreign students studying in the UK, that reports a lot on Tommy Robinson and Russia, and has a whole entire news category devoted to bashing immigration, with 100% favouritist reporting on the Brexit Party and a huge bias towards bashing Islam. The website doesn’t have an About page, but it’s painfully clear what it’s about (link).
Has written nine times for neo-Nazi website Breitbart (and also the Daily Express and Telegraph), where he incessantly links crime with immigration, ranting about Romanians, Bulgarians, Polish, and Lithuanians, in particular focusing on portraying Romanians as beggars and car thieves, prompting his followers to chime in about “3rd world scum” (link).
He has expressed doubt about climate change (link) and expressed worry about green movements.
Heaver’s Twitter page is Farage-obsessed (link), and he has written about Douglas Carswell’s ‘niceness’ — Douglas Carswell will come up again later. It is worth mentioning here that Carswell is a man famous for fiddling his expenses, voting consistently against gay rights, voting against welfare, voting for lowering taxes, arguing with a scientist about what causes the tides, voting against measures to reduce tax avoidance, and voting against measures against climate change).
So much niceness.
Alexandra Phillips was UKIP’s head of media, filming them as a student for three years. She was the former aide/spokeswoman to Farage on £80,000 a year. Was chosen by him as an MEP candidate for SE England, possibly because they were fucking. Is claimed that Farage’s then-wife in 2015, Kirsten, ‘erupted in fury’ after finding Phillips and her husband on the sofa together, and she left her job soon after, defecting for the Tories (link), where she then idolised Theresa May (link).
She describes Farage’s approach as “slightly more alt-right”. She has written for the Selous Foundation (its website has a number of pro-Trump articles, and smears of Islam), where she wrote about how she is an Enoch Powell fan (see above), gushing over how “brilliant” he was, and making excuses for his history of racism and tenuously trying to paint him as ‘a victim’ (link).
She also wrote for Brexit Central (which is edited by Jonathan Isaby — former Chief Exec of The TaxPayers Alliance). She is miffed about pesky carbon reduction initiatives, but really into fossil fuels like shale gas. She is pro-grammar schools (link).
There’s not much on Robert Rowland via Google. Comparing names and photos, it seems he worked at Bowdon Capital Limited in investment management, was an MD & hedge fund manager at Cheyne Capital, and the MD for Impala Asset Management and Lazard Asset Management. (I might have this wrong, if so, blame Rob for having sweet F.A. about himself online.)
One thing is for sure —Rowland is into climate change denial and anti-environmentalism. A Twitter post of Robert Rowland sides with a Martin Durkin appearance on a Brendan O’Neill radio show which is pro-Thatcher and denies climate change. Rowland calls it “compulsory listening… Superb analysis”, and mentions how Durkin calls global warming a “swindle” and “propaganda”, and “an ideology that doesn’t stack up”, while bashing environmentalism as “totalitarian” (link). Hmm. Has 92 followers on Twitter.
Belinda De Lucy (McKeeve)
Amusingly, her promotional videos carry banners humbly portraying herself as a “mum of four” (link). More tellingly, she could have instead wrote that she is exceedingly wealthy and her ‘minted’ husband works in private equity, and that she is a close personal friend of the aristocratic Spencer family (link). She is frequently pictured at the polo club, and hobnobbing with royalty.
She is chums with Liam Fox, and “the director of [his] charity… which was investigated for not actually giving out £400,000 of government grants to ex-serviceman’s families”. On a side note, Liam Fox was one of the MPs in the 2009 expenses scandal to have the largest over-claim, of £22,476, and forced to repay the money. He resigned as Defence Secretary when he gave close lobbyist friends inappropriate access to the MOD, excused climate change denial, voted for the war on Iraq, supported the war in Afghanistan, and been against gay marriage (link).
She seems to hides her actual (husband’s) name from party material. Her husband is Mr Raymond Mckeeve, a private equity specialist advising in acquisitions, disposals and restructurings, who works at Jones Day (whose partners and attorneys served as counsel for the Trump campaign) (link), and is linked to Lord Levene, who advised Thatcher (link). It has been suggested that her husband has “taken a financial position that depends on Brexit and is hoping to make even more money out of a failing pound and stock market.”
Fittingly, Belinda is also apparently “an actress with an empty page on IMDB”. It’s like a metaphor or something… She is also director of Black Art Media with a net worth of £274k (link).
John Tennant once praised his colleague Godfrey Bloom with “you are a legend!”, for heckling a Nazi slogan in the European parliament at a German MP (“Ein Volk, ein Reich, ein Fuehrer”) (link).
It is also said that he has a history of using obscene language about women on Twitter, and joked about sex with young girls (link).
Rupert Lowe worked for Morgan Grenfell and Deutsche Bank, and was described as an “alarming and inconsistent” manager with a string of failures behind him (link).
Brian Monteith is a proud Thatcherite who used to work for a Thatcherite think tank. He then set up a PR company that went bust in a crisis owing £50,000 to creditors (link).
He is an acquaintance of indicted American lobbyist Jack Abramoff — who was at the centre of a corruption investigation, jailed for conspiracy and fraud, is the member of a foundation allegedly financed by apartheid South Africa, and ‘a PR puppet’ of apartheid SA, and a lobbyist for the Bush administration (link).
He is a critic of environmentalists and a denier of climate change (link).
A former Tory, and boarding school-educated. Despite the whole Tory thing, he is an author (link) and doctor, and doesn’t seem like too bad a bloke.
Curiously, David Bull appeared on Most Haunted Live! featuring paranormal investigations. He once says he saw an apparition on a ghost hunt, which would be neat, but he concedes it could have been an optical illusion (link).
A former UKIP member, and a sacked Welsh councillor (link). Locals where he worked as a councillor describe him as “a waste of space… he gives and takes more back handers than the mafia allegedly” (link).
He has sided with Donald Trump and criticised protestors for demonstrating against him, saying “I don’t see why people in this country are protesting against him” (link). Who knows…
His Twitter page swoons over Farage, and childishly encourages spoiling ballot papers (link).
A grammar school-educated businessman, who seems to think he’s fighting the establishment (link), despite the fact he co-founded Leave Means Leave with tycoons Richard Price and Arron Banks (see above).
On Twitter he has a habit of retweeting racist serial-liar troll Katie Hopkins, along with various scumbags in politics, and thinks people should spoil local election ballot papers if The Brexit Party haven’t bothered to field a candidate (link). A Telegraph writer.
Gary (Walter) Harvey
Allegedly not a fan of his own party’s leader, admitting on Twitter “I really don’t like Farage”. Is an entrepreneur in aviation and military defence, the missiles industry, and is CEO of the MEL Group (link).
Is against teaching kids about homosexuality (link).
Worst of all, he wears an awful yellow suit and tie to rallies. Like, really awful (link).
Opera singer and Brexit activist. Apparently works in ‘political communications’, by which she presumably means her online wheezing about Brexit.
Has written for the deplorable Spiked Magazine (see above) on four occasions, where she tells Remainers to stop being mean to Brexiters and smearing them, while simultaneously smearing remainers as “crap” and “lousy” and saying they all live in ivory towers (link).
Recently got annoyed on Twitter by Led By Donkeys putting up billboards directly quoting Nigel Farage on his views on privatising the NHS, saying “I’m pretty sure they can’t do this” (link), without stating why. Bless.
Ajay Jagota is a former Tory and Cameron supporter, and businessman. Resigned from the Tories due to the Islamophobia he experienced (link). Out of the frying pan, and into the fire, he joined The Brexit Party.
A property expert and letting / sales agent, he seems to have a vested interest in falling house prices. He is the founder of KIS (Keep It Simple property management firm), and deals with 700 landlords (link).
On Twitter also seems to be a fan of spoiling ballot papers. Obsessed with Fudge chocolate bars for some ostensibly hilarious reason (link).
Laura (Mann) Kevehazi
Laura Kevehazi worked in property. Also apparently as an inventor and dental surgeon.
Her Twitter feed refers to “our great Mrs THATCHER” (link), and sides with Noah Carl — who wrote papers on why British stereotypes about immigrants are “largely accurate”, and was accused by 200 academics of pseudoscience and discredited scientific racism, who was fired after evidence showed he had collaborated with far-right extremists (link).
She complains on Twitter about people pointing out the racist tendencies of certain Brexit Party members, while incessantly trying to portray other parties as racist and retweeting far right commentator Candace Owens (link) and gushing over her bigoted leader Farage.
Amazingly, she seems surprised at France freezing the UK out of >EU< defence contracts after we voted in a referendum to leave the EU (link). Some people just wanna have their cake and eat it…
Nikki Page has had a lot of press for being an ex-model back in the day (for one year). She was also an ex-Tory (for 45 years).
Page is seemingly a Thatcher fan, and was a researcher for Eurosceptic Thatcherite Tory MP John Redwood, with whom she had a 5 year relationship, having an affair with him when she was his chief of staff and both of their marriages were collapsing (link). It’s worth mentioning that Redwood was a champion of privatisation, voted consistently against LGBT issues such as gay marriage and equal age of consent, and wanted to reintroduce capital punishment. He also wrote an investment column, and worked for NM Rothschild (link).
Page doesn’t have a Wiki page or Twitter page.
Paul (Joseph) Hearn
Paul Hearn is described as a “serial boss”, who wants to “challenge prevailing thinking and practice” in business. I couldn’t find any info about his business experience and positions on Google — but he seems to view Brexit as a money making opportunity (for everyone in the country, I hope?).
Nothing came up on Google, but Hearn does have a Twitter page with 67 followers (link). He awkwardly admits in a Brexit Party rally video that he voted to remain in 2016 (prompting boos) while shouting at the crowd like a maniac (link).
A former Tory supporter who stood for the party. Had worked as account manager for the British Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. Was involved in small business management, and is a ‘self-employed stock trader and private investor’. He co-founded the Boxing Acadamy charity with business parter, in which he seems to do good work for the community.
However, he moved into rightwing politics when he says he “realised utopia and perfection weren’t going to happen” (link). He has written articles in the Spectator bashing transgender ‘ideology’, implying that being transgender should be treated as a mental health crisis (link), and objected to a House of Commons motion to recognise a Palestinian State, and keeps trying to associate socialism with mass murder (link).
Marcus denies claims that Farage is an anti-semite (link).
Doesn’t seem to have a Twitter page.
A former UKIP member, Tracy Knowles is Senior partner at KPMG Bahamas, which seems to specialise in the kind of tax avoidance you might expect from such a name (link). The Bahamas’ tax haven status is famous for being a neat way of avoiding corporation tax and so much more (link), and KPMG have been found to help its clients dodge taxes using offshore bank accounts in such tax havens, for which it has been under investigation (link).
However, I’m positive that none of this line of work has nothing whatsoever to do with Tracy Knowles’ attitude towards the EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive…
Sally Bate is still listed on the website as a candidate, but in a wise move she quit over Claire Fox’s previous support for the IRA (link).
Didn’t find much except, when I last checked she has 24 Twitter followers and three of her five original tweets were about finding a baby sparrow (link). Which sure gets my vote.
Matt Taylor is hard to find via Google; it’s hard to find even a picture of him, but I eventually identified him as the monobrowed guy on Twitter.
He posted a link to a batshit crazy article on Twitter, which describes things that ‘don’t exist’, including: race, exploitation (which is typed in inverted commas), and business monopolies (link). OK… Bafflingly, Taylor also doesn’t like people identifying as part of a group (link).
He also raves about capitalism. Is a fan of Douglas Carswell (see above), and retweets Jacob Rees-Mogg. Big fan of Margaret Thatcher too (link).
Julie (Anne) Price
Hardly anything via Google, seemingly no Twitter page, very hard to read up on. However, her name comes up in an article, as an insurance broker who doesn’t like EU regulations that give people sick pay, maternity pay and grievance pay, as this makes it ‘difficult’ for her as an employer (link). Please spare a thought for Julie.
Stedman-Bryce is a property investor and entrepreneur. He is also the host of Glasgow Property Investors network, which helps people build large property portfolios.
James Wells formerly worked for the Office for National Statistics, and was a former civil servant. He took part in Farage’s ill-fated 300 mile march. Before that he says he spent his time ‘shouting at the TV’ (link).
Admitted on a BBC show that he wasn’t a fan of his party leader Farage’s Nazi-esque ‘breaking point’ poster and wouldn’t “personally endorse” them (link).
Not easy to find much else about his beliefs online.
Businessman and entrepreneur. Worked in aviation, and as a sporting agent. Also worked for Holland Mountain, consulting in private equity, debt and real estate (link).
However, there is scant info via Google or on his Twitter page about what he actually believes in (link). Has been described by Twitter users as ‘someone else who wants to deny other people of the opportunities he was given’.
An Inverness businessman, who worked as a director at Inverness Chamber of Commerce, CDS Scotland, The Castle Group Northern Ltd and more.
He waxes lyrical about lawbreaking, but while at Castle Security Group Northern Ltd, he pleaded guilty to supplying unlicensed security operatives, for which he was fined (link).
Seems he was mocked for the Brexit Party charging £2.50 for people to attend their rallies in Edinburgh (link).
Hard to find anything about his views or policies on Google. Couldn’t find a Twitter profile.
Describes herself as a ‘political scientist’ and as a ‘Russophile’ (a fan of the Russian political system) (link). She euphemistically describes Russia’s political system as a ‘managed democracy’ (see Russian censorship, and um, their arguably flawed habit of assassinating people) (link).
On her Twitter page she whines about UKIP MEPs being ordered by the mean EU to hand back £200,000 of funds they innocently misused (link), and seems to think that chlorinated chicken is a good thing that the EU should frigging let us have (link).
A decorated veteran who was in the Royal Marines and Special Boat service, and served in the war in Afghanistan, which he describes as “questionable”. Does some good work in wildlife preservation and awareness.
Aileen Quinton is a former senior civil servant. She now works in risk management, which incidentally makes money from preparing for financial shitstorms. Or as she puts it, she has concerns about leaving the EU but her occupation is about “taking advantages of opportunities” and “managing threats” (link). Either way, she believes “she has no serious chance of personally taking a seat in London” (link).
She doesn’t seem to like the word ‘extremism’, saying “I totally reject the idea that extremism is totally bad” (link), weirdly equating extremism with eating mushrooms. No, I haven’t figured this one out yet either…
She campaigned against the IRA after her mother was murdered by them, with some observing it to be noteworthy that Quinton stands alongside Claire Fox, who has supported and refused to condemned the IRA (see above) (link) while simultaneously criticising Jeremy Corbyn — who condemns terrorism — for holding meetings with the IRA (link).
June Mummery is a member of Lowestoft Fish Market Alliance, the MD of BFP Eastern, and the East Coast fishing industry hub. Its seems she wants more fishing trawlers in our seas after Brexit, and seems angry at EU catch limits based on scientific advice. She seems angry at the EU trying to combat unsustainable and illegal fishing and create “relative stability” (link), and is angry at the Dutch fishing in the same seas as the UK, as she would rather we be selling all the fish to them instead (link). She wants to fight decline and double the number of ships in the sea, while her critics argue that “The east coast fishing industry declined because of over fishing” (link).
She once applied for The Apprentice, “whose researchers failed to shortlist her business plan to invest in a fishing boat” (link).
Mummery is also managing director of BFP Eastern Ltd, which offers fuel supplies to the fishing industry, and consultancy in oil and gas sectors. If you vote for her Brexit Party, June Mummery’s business can increase its profits (link).
Apparently, “Nobody else is going to fight for the fishing industry as hard as she does”. She has a Twitter page with no photo, three tweets and 41 followers (link).
Is a partner in charge of Corporate Finance and Capital Markets in the UK for McMillan Woods (link), who are accountants and business advisors in areas such as tax planning services, who state on their website: “Everyone feels they are paying too much tax, usually because they are paying too much tax! This is often true… we identify many opportunities to save money through astute tax planning… tax is a “business” cost. Our goal is to minimise their tax liabilities.” (link)
However, I’m sure that the EU’s Anti Tax Avoidance Directive is no factor in his reasons for fighting for Brexit.
Someone online claims that “Mehrtash A’zami operates in circles that would benefit from deregulation and red tape. He’s fond of setting up Ltd companies, at least one compulsory strike off. Set up a charity that’s filed no financial info. Seem’s Farage’s type” (link).
Not much on the internet about his views.
Sean (Robert John) Lever
Describes himself as an ‘information security specialist’. A former security engineer (Tenable — IT vulnerability), sales engineer (SonicWALLinc), and sales consultant (link).
A former Tory, he calls Ann Widdecombe “fantastic”, admits he’s “not a professional politician”, and wears a really terrible tie at rallies (link).
Seems eager to side with Trump, judging by a Twitter post (link)
Not much else on Lever’s views via Google, but he admits that after all his years with the Tories, they are actually really really shit, whereas The Brexit Party is really, really good.
CEO and owner of I.T. Company.
Otherwise, very little info about him online. His Twitter page is all predictably about one thing, that one thing being awesome, and everything else being rubbish. Retweets Spiked Magazine articles, Margaret Thatcher posts, and Piers Morgan tweets, and is smitten with Farage (link).
He appears at a Brexit rally, where the most notable thing about his waffling speech is the microphone being at the wrong height (link).
Seems to wheeze about Brexit for The Telegraph.
As one Twitter user complains, the Brexit Party makes no information available about him other than his name (link).
Describes herself on Twitter as a “mum, wife, lawyer”, and is the daughter of two judges. Much attention has been drawn to the fact she is Nigerian-born, though one person observes “she’s listed 6 out of 7 for the NW constituency and will not win. The top listings are rich, white, ex-Tory, City or right-wing media” (link).
Seems she might have been director of Adam & Ashley Consulting Ltd (link), but I couldn’t find much on this company.
Seems like a fairly pleasant person, even if she retweets Lance Forman a lot and seems defensive of Margaret Thatcher (link).
Senior business director, charity chief, and frowny Twitter man. Was a former Tory councillor, and a former chief executive of The Mayor’s Fund.
Pretty predictable sentiments and there is very little on his other views. Retweets Spiked Magazine articles. (link)
Ex-UKIP, and confusingly still seems to be appearing in photos with them, as if he forgot he changed political parties (link). It happens to the best of us.
Not much on Twitter page, where he has 56 followers and 8 tweets (link), though he has retweeted David Coburn’s pestilence comment, and retweeted an article from The Sun that Nigel Farage found about how Donald Trump is apparently complaining that a statue of Winston Churchill in the Oval Office was replaced with one of Martin Luther King (link). I can see why that might bother Trump. And Farage.
Hard to find online, is a total non-entity. Only mentioned as a ‘businessman’, with no Twitter page, and only one photo of him seems to crop up on Google. Not to be confused with John F. Kennedy.
Next to nothing on Google and Twitter. Another non-entity online. Zero. Zilch. Nada.
Karina (K) Walker
Scottish. Half-Polish and Russian. Spent 28 years working for brands, but it’s a mystery which ones. I couldn’t find any more about her business/political experience.
Not clear what she believes in on Twitter. Has retweeted rightwing blog Guido Fawkes, The Telegraph and Richard Tice (link).
A businessman apparently, but hard to find his credentials anywhere. Not a lot via Google.
Has 23 followers on Twitter. His Twitter page is pretty unenlightening, but suggests he is against climate change environmentalism, and has retweets of Telegraph articles (link).
Former nurse and assistant director of Community Service Office (CSO), who immigrated from Malaysia to the UK in 1985. Describes herself as a community leader.
She says in party videos shared on social media that she wants to connect globally outside of the EU, prompting scores Twitter users to comment that we already do, ask what Jordan’s actual policies are, and observe that “As a member of EU we are already a global trading nation with many countries outside of the EU”, and to ask, “Shifting the balance of UK trade to countries that are physically further away… Will that make UK trade cheaper or more expensive?” (link)
It’s unclear what she does now, or what other political stances she has. Doesn’t seem to have a Twitter page or website.
Former Scottish Tory, and seems to have been UKIP before that. Was/is a solicitor in property conveyancing and contracts.
Apparently when he was a Tory councillor, he refused to give up his seat when he controversially quit the party and “refused to face voters” (link). An SNP councillor said in response to the news: “No sooner has he been elected than Councillor Aitken is distancing himself from the Tory brand, presumably having seen how toxic the Tory party really is. Councillor Aitken stood for election on a platform he now disavows but appears to have no intention of stepping aside, leaving locals with a councillor whose views are a mystery to them” (link). Nothing’s changed there, then.
One Twitter user claims that he is the author of an Islamophobic tweet (link), with a Twitter bio that reads “leave leave leave leave leave…” but there’s no proof of this. Very little else online. No official Twitter page or website comes up.
Doesn’t seem to exist on the internet. Non-entity via Google, no Twitter page, no comments below his party’s social media videos he features in. WHO ARE YOU???
His website explains he works in financial services, consulting in capital markets, and makes money from future markets and regulatory reform (link). So you might imagine that Brexit would help his business profit, basically.
His Twitter page seems to rejoice in spoilt ballot papers and retweets Katie Hopkins and Douglas Carswell posts and pro-Trump articles (link).
Chair of the British dental association. An NHS dentist standing alongside candidates who want to privatise it. He says he speaks from personal opinion and doesn’t represent the BDA.
Danish-born, curiously, with commentators arguing he has “used his freedom of movement as an EU citizen to come here and work” (link).
He says his reasons for voting Brexit are that he thinks lots of languages being spoken are annoying, and that — hypocritically for The Brexit Party — he doesn’t like that EU Presidents apparently don’t publish manifestos, and also something about the shape of fruit (link).
Very little else on his other political views online. His Twitter page is another that celebrates spoiled ballot papers, and features retweets of his anti-NHS leader Farage, Douglas Carswell and Claire Fox, articles by Guido Fawkes, and articles and interviews by Spiked Magazine assistant editor Ella Whelan (link).
Despite all of my efforts to find out anything substantial about her political experience or policies, I managed to find out that she is a yoga teacher for the exciting sounding Turbo Zen. No Twitter page it seems.
Doesn’t exist on Twitter. Nothing on Google.
A possible former UKIP member? Who possibly worked at Kelly’s Turkeys?? F*** knows…