I was born in Manchester in 1967 and grew up initially in Moss Side, then Burnage finally settling in Withington when my mother, after years on the Council waiting, list finally was granted our first. home. She was the daughter of my Irish born grandmother and English grandfather. My father left at an early age abandoning two sons and a wife. He too was abandoned by his parents a black American and mother of Jewish ancestry.
In 2007, I became interested again in politics, particular the impact on the freedom of people to elect politicians on mandates that were set out by what they do and they must do it. In my opinion this peoples mandate had been eroded by our membership of the European Union and that our own British politicians were disguising this.
So in 2010 I joined the UK Independence Party (UKIP), the only party then campaigning for the British people to have a referendum on our membership of that political organisation. I served the party as a front bench Spokesman in three roles of City of London Spokesman, Financial Affairs and also the key immigration portfolio as Migration Spokesman for 2 years. I was elected to the NEC, Policy Team and in 2014 elected as a Member of the European Parliament for the North West of England.
In October 2016, I resigned my membership and sit as an Independent MEP and have remained an Independent since then.
During the momentous 2016 United Kingdom Referendum on leaving the European Union I fortunately played a key role in the debate, and in particular, helped lead the debate on the crucial issue of Immigration and sovereignty.