James Carver

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James Carver
James Carver MEP.jpeg
Member of the European Parliament
for West Midlands
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Phil Bennion
Personal details
Born (1969-08-15) 15 August 1969 (age 45)
Political party UK Independence Party
Religion Roman Catholicism[1]

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,[2] 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 four general elections for UKIP: Orpington in 1997 (5th, 526 votes), Cheltenham in 2001 (6th, 482 votes), Preseli Pembrokeshire in 2005 (5th, 498 votes), and Stourbridge in 2015 (3rd, 7,774 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[citation needed]. 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.

Elections contested[edit]

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 7,774 16.9 Not elected

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[edit]

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[edit]

Carver raises a number of topics covering:

  • EU expansionism and military confrontation[3][4][5][6][7]
  • Economic issues and hardships arising from the eurozone [8]
  • The role of the EU operating outside of international law either at home and abroad[9]

He also supports:

  • Fostering better understanding of the gypsy communities and how to integrate with mainstream society[10]
  • The banning of legal highs[11]
  • Recognition of Somaliland[12][13]
  • Addressing the rise of extremism in the Middle East and Europe[14]


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