Who is new UKIP Deputy Leader Margot Parker?
Despite Henry Bolton indicating that David Kurten would be his deputy during a hustings in the leadership election, the new UKIP Deputy Leader was announced yesterday as Margot Parker MEP. She said:
“I was both delighted and honoured to be asked by Henry to become the party’s deputy leader. It is time for everyone in UKIP to pull together and drive the party forward over the next few years. I will continue my work as an MEP to ensure a clean Brexit and to fight for what is best for the country. I will also be working closely with our new leader and his team over the next 18 months or so – a crucial period which will help shape the future of the UK.”
However, many members are unfamiliar with Margot and who she is – so we’ve summed it all up in a short article. How nice of us!
A group buyer for a South African lingerie company from the late 80s through to the mid-90s, the sales & merchandise expert rose in the ranks of her industry, before being elected as a Fellow of the British Promotional Merchandise Association in 2007.
First entering the political sphere in 2009, Margot stood in the European elections – but her name wasn’t next to a purple pound sign this time around. No, she was standing for the Libertas party, which had only formed earlier that very year.
However, she defected to UKIP in July 2009 and has been an active member ever since, standing in the 2010 general election in Sherwood and campaigning in countless elections & by-elections, making media appearances and even addressing party conferences to fight for UKIP & what she believes in.
In 2012, Margot stood as UKIP’s candidate in the high-profile Corby and East Northamptonshire by-election, achieving the highest vote share of any UKIP candidate, anywhere, ever and managed to achieve 3rd place. In 2015, she stood in that seat again and managed to gain 2,600 more votes than in the by-election.
Later, in 2014, she was selected as the 2nd candidate on UKIP’s party list for the East Midlands European elections, where she now sits as an MEP. Interestingly, she chose not to stand in the 2017 general election, for unclear reasons.
In July of that year, Margot was appointed to the new position of UKIP Small Business Spokesman, a role which she kept until she was promoted to Equalities and Womens’ Issues Spokesman by new leader Paul Nuttall in December last year.
As well as Deputy leader, Margot is now the party’s Aid and International Development Spokesman.
What do you think of her appointment? Let us know in the comments!