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Apprentice villain Katie Hopkins standing for Euro election

By This is Somerset  |  Posted: May 11, 2009

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THEY say politics makes for strange bedfellows but the South West list of candidates for next month's European elections is as eclectic as it comes.

From a notorious former Apprentice who got on the wrong side of Sir Alan Sugar to Cornish separatists via the mainstream parties, 89 candidates are after the six seats representing the region in Brussels.

High profile reality TV star Katie Hopkins is a surprise candidate, standing as an independent.

The outspoken business woman told the Mercury she likes to tell it like it is and her approach to politics is equally as straightforward.

She said: "Party politics no longer really exists. They all look the same, sound the same and share the same middle ground.

"Although many of our politicians seem to have scandals to hide, my personal life is no longer private.

"Quite frankly, all my skeletons left the closet a long time ago. What you see is what you get."

Though Ms Hopkins first came to public attention on the BBC show The Apprentice, her failure to win the six-figure job with Sir Alan hasn't kept her out of the headlines since, with a series of tabloid revelations about her love life.

While Ms Hopkins might be a familiar name, few of the other candidates will be known to all but the most dedicated of political anoraks.

The Christian Party 'proclaiming Christ's lordship'; Mebyon Kernow - The Party for Cornwall; the Pensioners Party; No2EU; the BNP; and the Fair Pay, Fair Trade Party are among those competing against the more established political parties.

Two candidates who will be known to Mercury readers are Portishead Pool campaigner Roger Whitfield, standing for new party The Jury Team, and former Congresbury GP, Dr Richard Lawson, standing for the Green Party.

Four of the MEPs who have represented the South West for past five years are standing for re-election.

They are Lib Dem Graham Watson, Tory Giles Chichester, Labour's Glyn Ford and UKIP's Trevor Colman.

Long-standing Bridgwater-based MEP Neil Parish is standing down after 10 years as he is the Tory prospective parliamentary candidate for Tiverton and Honiton at the next General Election.

Due to the EU's enlargement, the South West region, which for administrative purposes also includes Gibraltar, will elect only six MEPs on June 4, compared to seven in 2004.

Since 1999, voters in Britain have elected MEPs under a proportional representation system.

The European Parliamentary Elections Act of that year introduced a regional list system, with seats allocated to parties in proportion to their share of the vote.

Let us know what you think and who you'll be voting for at www.thisissomerset.co.uk

Candidates by party

British National Party

1. Jeremy Edward Wotherspoon

2. Barry John Sinclair Bennett

3. Adrian Llewellyn Romilly

4. Sean Derrick Twitchin

5. Lawrence Reginald West

6. Peryn Walter Parsons

Christian Party

1. William Patrick Capstick

2. Katherine Susan Mills

3. Diana Ama Ofori

4. Larna Jane Martin

5. Peter Vickers

6. Adenike Williams

Conservative Party

1. Giles Bryan Chichester

2. Julie McCulloch Girling

3. Ashley Peter Fox

4. Michael John Edward Dolley

5. Donald John Collier

6. Syeda Zehra Zaidi

English Democrats Party

1. Michael John Turner

2. Sara Shelley Box

3. Keith Robert Riley

4. Stephen Michael Wright

5. Raymond Christopher Carr

6. Lee Pickering

Fair Pay Fair Trade Party

1. David Michael

2. Judy Foster

Green Party

1. Richard Antony Knight

2. Roger Michael Creagh-Osborne

3. David Ronald Moore Taylor

4. Sarah Margaret Scott-Cato

5. Chloe Alice Somers

6. Richard Hugh Lawson


Katie Olivia Hopkins

Jury Team

1. Sally Dorothea Smith

2. Martin Thomas Paley

3. Michael Andrew Clayton

4. Brian Gordon Underwood

5. Roger Whitfield

6. William Christopher Barnett

Labour Party

1. James Glyn Ford

2. Isabel Martha Owen

3. Keir Dhillon

4. Dorothea Hodge

5. Dafydd Emlyn Williams

6. Elizabeth Susan Lisgo

Liberal Democrats

1. Graham Robert Watson

2. Kay Barnard

3. Justine McGuinness

4. Humphrey Peter Neville Temperley

5. Paul Stephen Massey

6. Jonathan Stagnetto

Mebyon Kernow - Party for Cornwall

1. Dick Cole

2. Conan James Trevenen Jenkin

3. Loveday Elizabeth Trevenen Jenkin

4. Simon John Reed

5. Glenn Renshaw

6. Joanie Mary Anne Willett

No2EU: Yes To Democracy

1. Alexander Fraser Gordon

2. Roger Alexander Davey

3. Rachael Lynch

4. Nicholas James David Quirk

5. John Howard Chambers

6. Paul Charles Dyer

Pensioners' Party

1. Jonathan McQueen

2. Barry Hodgson

3. Derek Francis Wharton

4. Roger Leslie Edwards

5. Stuart Baker

6. Barry Reginald Egerton


1. Robin Charles Matthews

2. Peter Charles Albert Morgan-Barnes

3. Chloe Gwynne

4. Christopher Charnock

5. Nicholas Carlton

6. Nicholas Charles

Socialist Labour Party

1. Robert James Hawkins

2. Brian Andrew Corbett

3. Alison Mary Entwistle

4. David Terence Marchesi

5. Robert Oliver Hawkins

6. James William Bannister


1. Bernard Trevor Colman Westerly

2. William Dartmouth

3. Gawain Howard Wilkinson Towler

4. Julia Reid

5. Alan Stephen Wood

6. Stephanie McWilliam


1. Nicola Guagliardo

2. Joy Margaret Skey

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    Jonathan Cockburn, Bath  |  May 31 2009, 9:42PM

    The only party worth voting for is The Pesnioners' Party, because I will be giving away £20,000 of my salary per annum to charity. Pensioners have been very poorly treated by both Tory and Labour governments and it is our intention to get pensions in the UK brought into line with the rest of Europe. Pensioners get only 20% of average earnings in the UK and they get 57% in the rest of Europe. The Pensioners' Party will campaign vigorously in Europe and the UK for abolition of the means test, increased interest on savings, sensible controls on immigration and stricter controls on MP and MEPs expenses. Jonathan Cockburn Deputy Leader Pensioners' Party Prospective MEP and Lead Candidate for South West region.

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    Mick Haslam, Poole  |  May 28 2009, 7:32PM

    Stella is wrong, Katie Hopkins would make a great MEP and free from any expenses scandle. Independent MEP's are more reliant on the public and so should be more accountable . I'm tired of voting Conservative.. now that I see what they have been up to, I want to try something NEW

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    Ernest Hartland, Congresbury  |  May 17 2009, 5:08PM

    My opinion for what it is worth is that we should leave the EU, so my vote will be going to Bernard Trevor Colman

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    stella, frome  |  May 14 2009, 12:14PM

    One I will not vote for is Katie Hopkins - sour faced loudmouth that she is. Katie has nothing good to say about anything but herself and I certainly hope she will not end up representing me! Stella