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Question mark over future of MEP Nikki

MEP Nikki Sinclaire will meet with UKIP officials on Monday to discuss whether she stays with the party.

MEP Nikki Sinclaire will meet with UKIP officials on Monday to discuss whether she stays with the party.

The Solihull-based MEP recently announced that she was quitting the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group - a coalition of eurosceptic groups of which UKIP is a member. In response, UKIP has told her she can no longer use the party’s name or logo and banned her from meetings. But she has not been formally thrown out.

Yesterday, Ms Sinclaire told the Solihull News that she would be meeting with the party’s National Executive Committee on Monday.

“I want to continue with UKIP, I’ve been with them 16 years, but it’s not a unilateral decision,” she said.

However, she also confirmed she would not be returning to the EFD. In a statement earlier this month, she hit out at the “extremist views” of some members. “I have found it increasingly difficult to justify sitting alongside one or two of the European parties within the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group who have a variety of extremist views which includes anti-Semitism, violence and the espousal of a single European policy on immigration.”

Ms Sinclaire was elected in June last year - becoming UKIP’s second representative in the West Midlands. It was a major breakthrough for the party - who finished ahead of Labour and the Lib Dems in the region.

She had also been due to stand as the party’s candidate in Meriden, but the recent row has thrown this into doubt.

A UKIP spokesman said: “In effect, Ms Sinclaire is currently an independent MEP.”

 

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