James Wells (British politician)
|Member of the European Parliament|
2 July 2019 – 31 January 2020
|Preceded by||Kay Swinburne|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|Political party||Independent (since 2021)|
|Reform UK (2019–2021)|
|Alma mater||University of Liverpool|
James Freeman Wells is a British politician. He was elected as a Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Wales constituency in the 2019 election serving until January 2020. He was second on his party's list after Nathan Gill (former UKIP MEP).
Early life and education
Wells left formal education at the age of 16. He returned to full-time education twelve years later and studied psychology at the University of Liverpool and later a Masters in the same subject at Cranfield University.
Prior to joining politics, he was head of the UK trade team at the Office for National Statistics. Wells quit the role and his membership to the Conservative Party in order to run as a candidate for the Brexit Party in the Wales constituency in the 2019 European Parliament election. He had only joined the Conservatives in 2018 with the purpose of being able to vote if a leadership election was called. In the election, Wells became an MEP alongside fellow Brexit Party candidate Nathan Gill.
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