Solihull’s Nikki Sinclaire has expressed her disappointment after failing to be re-elected as MEP for the West Midlands in last week’s European Election.
The former We Demand a Referendum MEP said she was proud of her campaign and community work over the past five years.
Sinclaire lost her seat alongside Mike Nattrass, both of whom were former UKIP MEPs before leaving to run as independents by setting up their own parties.
UKIP won three out of the seven votes in the West Midlands, with the party topping the polls in the UK.
In a statement, Nikki said: “My supporters will be disappointed, and naturally I am too.
“It has been an honour and a pleasure to represent 5.2 million constituents over the past five years.
“I have met thousands of people in my role, getting involved in community projects and giving a voice to the voiceless, and lending an ear when
others simply wouldn’t listen.
“I’m also proud of the campaign we ran here in the West Midlands, far larger than anybody had ever seen before, and many thanks to those who spent time talking to me and the team on the campaign trail.
“More importantly, thank you to everybody who took the time to vote for me on Thursday and for those who have stood by me.
“As a conviction politician, I gave it my all and did the best I could. If you liked me or not, I stuck by my beliefs and gave an independent voice in a sea of party politics.
“I will always be proud that it was our campaign that re-ignited the referendum debate and brought the Prime Minister to the despatch box.
“I am also proud of 20 years of effort, campaigning for independence from the EU, which is now mainstream opinion.
“I’d like to congratulate the successful candidates and hope that they truly stand up for our region, and keep their promises to the people.”