SOLIHULL finds itself well-represented after the European elections. Two of the six West Midlands MEPs live in the borough: Conservative Malcolm Harbour and UKIP’s Nikki Sinclaire.
Malcolm Harbour has been an MEP since 1999, and is heavily involved in both software licensing and the automotive industry, having spent 32 years working in it.
“I’m very pleased to be re-elected,” Malcolm said. “The results are a future foundation for us to gain seats [in the general election] such as Solihull.”
When asked about the two UKIP MEPs elected, Mr Harbour said he still regarded UKIP as a protest party.
“It will be hard work, with two out of the six West Midlands MEPs not interested in Europe. I still regard UKIP as a protest vote, Labour protest votes went to UKIP.”
Mr Harbour said he wanted to make sure “the benefits of a single market are delivered” to work on “new market openings, and to stimulate much bigger investment in research and development across Europe.” He also said he would “continue the work I’ve done in the automotive industries and in particular with Jaguar Land Rover.”
Nikki Sinclaire is a newcomer to the European Parliament, joining UKIP’s 13 strong team of MEPs. The Shirley resident said she was “absolutely delighted with the people of the West Midlands.”
“Anger has resonated across the region, there is realisation that people have been lied to,” she said.
The MEP said she was focusing on exposing the “sham” of the European Parliament. “It’s an expensive club and an absolute joke, why do we have to be small Europeans?”
“I’m going to do my best to spend as little time there as possible. I’ll be campaigning for my own redundancy.”