Steven Woolfe

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Steven Woolfe
MEP
Steven Woolfe UKIPNEC.jpg
Migration & Financial Affairs Spokesman
Incumbent
Assumed office
24 July 2014
Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
Incumbent
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Sir Robert Atkins
Economics Spokesman of the UK Independence Party
Preceded by Tim Congdon
Succeeded by Patrick O'Flynn
Personal details
Born (1967-10-06) 6 October 1967 (age 46)
Moss Side, Lancashire, England
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater Aberystwyth University

Steven Marcus Woolfe (born 6 October 1967) is a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region for the UK Independence Party.[1] He is the PPC for Stockport ahead of the 2015 General Election for the UK Independence Party. He was elected in 2014. He was educated at Aberystwyth University (LLB, 1990) and the Inns of Court School of Law.

Background[edit]

After finishing university, Woolfe went into a career first as a criminal barrister and then became a  general counsel  for an international  hedge fund manager.

Steven Woolfe is the half brother of Nathan Woolfe, the former Bolton Wanderers football player and current Stockport County striker.[2]

Politics[edit]

Woolfe was introduced into UKIP by the Lord Pearson of Rannoch and made his debut speech at UKIP's 2010 annual conference in Torquay.

When Nigel Farage announced that he would be contesting the UKIP leadership election, 2010, he announced a team of senior spokesman that he would have behind him. Woolfe was appointed by Farage to the team as the Financial Affairs and City of London spokesman, later as Economics Spokesman following Professor Tim Congdon stepping down from the post.

In 2011, Woolfe contested UKIP's NEC elections and was one of the 6 members elected to the committee. He came second, under Neil Hamilton who topped the poll.

Woolfe believes in a simplified and lower tax regime for all. He thinks that the middle class have been squeezed with the 40% tax band and has called for the 45% tax band to be abolished and replaced with a higher threshold for 40% band at £45,000. He has also echoed calls made by UKIP leader Nigel Farage to take those on minimum wage out of paying tax altogether.[3]

On 8 May 2014, Woolfe opened and chaired a public meeting in Westminster that was aimed at promoting UKIP's Black, Mixed and Ethnic candidates (BME). Candidates such as Amjad Bashir and Winston McKenzie spoke alongside Woolfe. During the proceedings, Woolfe and other candidates were racially abused by members of opposition protest groups who had managed to plant themselves in the audience. Woolfe himself was called a "fake", a "coconut" and an "Uncle Tom" in reference to his mixed race ethnicity. He then replied while on stage in front on the audience and press, saying: "I am a proud Englishman, I am a proud Briton, I am a proud mixed race person and I am a proud member of UKIP. A five-year-old child having to go home and tell his mum he was called a n****r all day at school – that's not a fake." The latter part of his response was in reference to his old childhood experiences of racial abuse.[4]

On 24 July 2014, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has a reshuffle of his frontline spokesman team. Woolfe's Economics brief was split into two, with the macro policy and taxation being given to Patrick O'Flynn and Woolfe retaining Financial Affairs and City of London. He was also given the role of Migration Spokesman.[5]

On announcement of getting the Migration role, Woolfe called for a fair and ethical stance on migration, saying that migraton should be based on merit, not on race, religion, colour or creed.[6]

Within days David Cameron had announced that the Conservative Party would limit the amount of time that EU migrants could claim benefits for. As UKIP's new migration spokesman, Woolfe responded calling it "cynical and vacuous" attempt to fool the public over immigration. He also said that Cameron was running scared since UKIP won the European Parliamentary Elections.[7]

Greater London Assembly Elections[edit]

Woolfe was selected as the lead candidate for UKIP on the list system for the  Greater London Authority. He also stood as the GLA candidate for the City and East.

Police and Crime Commissioner Elections[edit]

In November 2012, after a hustings of potential candidates, Woolfe won UKIP's nomination as their candidate to contest the  Greater Manchester  Police and Crime Commissioner elections. Woolfe's campaign message was one of tough on crime and the support of community policing. He polled 23256 votes (8.55%).[8]

European Elections 2014[edit]

On 25 May 2014, Steven Woolfe was elected as an MEP for the North West of England having been number 3 on the UKIP list in the region.

Lead Up to the 2015 General Election[edit]

On 4 September 2014, Woolfe was chosen as UKIP's Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Stockport.[9]

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