|Member of the European Parliament
for West Midlands
1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Phil Bennion|
|Born||15 August 1969|
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
James Carver (born 15 August 1969) is a Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands region for the UK Independence Party. He was elected in 2014, second on the list for the region, being elected together with Jill Seymour and Bill Etheridge. He was educated at Orpington College.
Carver runs a family umbrella business. He stood in three general elections for UKIP: Orpington in 1997 (5th, 526 votes), Cheltenham in 2001 (6th, 482 votes), and Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005 (5th, 498 votes). He was also sixth on the party list for London in the 1999 European election.
Carver is of Romanichal descent on his grandmother's side, giving rise to his interest in fostering better relationships with traveller communities, and is believed to be the only British Parliamentarian from a Romany background. He has also helped raise both money and awareness for the Scleroderma Society following the death of his first wife from scleroderma in 2009, including his greatest personal achievement to date; running the 2012 London Marathon. He has a lifelong commitment to raise awareness of this relatively unknown connective tissue disease.
UK Parliament elections
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||Percentage of votes||Result|
|1997 general election||Orpington||UKIP||526||0.9||Not elected|
|2001 general election||Cheltenham||UKIP||482||1.2||Not elected|
|2005 general election||Preseli Pembrokeshire||UKIP||498||1.3||Not elected|
|2015 general election||Stourbridge||UKIP|
European Parliament elections (Multi-member constituency; party list)
|Date of election||Region||Party||Votes||Percentage of votes||Result|
|1999 European election||London||UKIP||61,741||5.4||Not elected|
|2014 European election||West Midlands||UKIP||428,010||31.5||Elected|
Member of the European Parliament
Carver was first elected to the European Parliament in 2014.
In the current term, he serves on the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Topics Raised In The European Parliament
Carver raises a number of topics covering:
- EU expansionism and military confrontation
- Economic issues and hardships arising from the eurozone 
- The role of the EU operating outside of international law either at home and abroad
He also supports:
- Fostering better understanding of the gypsy communities and how to integrate with mainstream society
- The banning of legal highs
- Recognition of Somaliland
- Addressing the rise of extremism in the Middle East and Europe
- "Margot Parker: ‘The bishops must meet with Ukip’". Catholic Herald. Retrieved 8 October 2014.
- "vote 2014 - West Midlands". BBC. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
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