Jane Collins (politician)
Collins stood for UKIP in the March 2011 Barnsley Central by-election triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Eric Illsley over the UK parliamentary expenses scandal. She came second to Labour's Dan Jarvis, winning 12% of the vote.
She again stood for UKIP in the November 2012 Rotherham by-election triggered by the resignation of Labour MP Dennis MacShane, also over the expenses scandal. She came second to Labour's Sarah Champion, winning almost 22% of the vote, UKIP's best result in a by-election. During the by-election campaign a row emerged after Rotherham's Labour council removed three foster children from the care of their foster parents because they were members of UKIP.
She was selected to top the party's regional list for Yorkshire and the Humber in the 2014 European Parliament elections. Former UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom stated that he gave her his "wholehearted support" and that she "is almost certainly going to be the next UKIP MEP".
Collins stated that the policy proposed in the European Parliament of gender targets for non-executive directors of companies "undermines women and our abilities. We do not want to be seen as tokenistic appointments and imposing quotas could have the reverse effect of appointing the wrong type of women".
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