Diane James

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Diane James
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Personal details
Born (1959-11-20) 20 November 1959 (age 55)
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater Thames Valley University

Diane Martine James (born 20 November 1959) is one of four UKIP Members of the European Parliament for South East England,[1] and a Councillor on Waverley Borough Council.[2]


James was educated at Rochester Grammar School and Thames Valley University.[3] She previously worked in the healthcare sector for more than 30 years, setting up her own international consultancy business.

Political career[edit]

James came second in the Eastleigh by-election, 2013 receiving 27.8% of the vote, an increase of 24.2% on the 2010 figure.[4] She was elected to the European Parliament in 2014. Currently the party's Home Affairs spokesperson, she has represented UKIP on the BBC's Question Time, and has taken part in debates at the Cambridge Union Society.

James was selected by North West Hampshire UKIP to be their candidate in December 2014.[5] after being predicted a 1.2% chance of winning.[6] However, a few hours after making a speech at the UKIP Spring Conference in Margate, Kent, she stepped down from the Westminster candidacy "for personal reasons".[7]