|Economics Spokesman of the UK Independence Party|
22 February 2014 – 24 July 2014
|Preceded by||Tim Congdon|
|Succeeded by||Patrick O'Flynn|
|Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Robert Atkins|
6 October 1967 |
Moss Side, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
|Alma mater||Aberystwyth University
City Law School
Steven Marcus Woolfe (born 6 October 1967) is a British politician and barrister. Since his election in the 2014, he has been a Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region for the UK Independence Party. He is the UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Stockport in the 2015 General Election.
Woolfe was born in Moss Side, an inner city urban area of Manchester in North West England, and grew up in Burnage, a suburb of Manchester. He is the eldest of a family of four. He is the half brother of Nathan Woolfe, the former Bolton Wanderers football player and current Stockport County striker.
Woolfe was educated at St Bernard's Roman Catholic Primary School, a voluntary aided state-maintained school in Burnage in Manchester, followed by St Bede's College, a Roman Catholic independent school in Whalley Range, a suburb of Manchester, to which he won a scholarship. He studied law at Aberystwyth University and graduated with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in 1990. He completed further study at the Inns of Court School of Law in London.
Woolfe began his career at chambers in Inner Temple, becoming a lawyer in the City of London as a criminal barrister. He then spent several years as general counsel for hedge fund managers. He now acts as a legal and regulatory consultant to financial institutions.
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.
On 8 May 2014, Woolfe opened and chaired a public meeting in Westminster that was aimed at promoting UKIP's Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) candidates. During the proceedings, Woolfe and other candidates were racially abused by members of opposition protest groups.
On 24 July 2014, UKIP leader Nigel Farage reshuffled 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. On announcement of this role, Woolfe called for a fair and ethical stance on migration, saying that migration should be based on merit, not on race, religion, colour or creed.
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.
Greater London Assembly Elections
Police and Crime Commissioner Elections
In November 2012, Woolfe won UKIP's nomination 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 lost, polling 23256 votes (8.55%).
European Elections 2014
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
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