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The unorthodox candidates who are headed to Brussels as MEPs 

The European elections earthquake will deliver an extraordinary array of new British MEPs to Brussels including Jacob Rees-Mogg’s sister Annunziata who quit the Tories after 32 years.

The Brexit Party will also be represented by a war hero, a former communist and an ex-NHS worker after Nigel Farage’s men and women humbled the Tories and Labour.

James Glancy, a retired Captain in the Royal Marines awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross for fighting in Afghanistan, was elected in the south-west alongside former nurse Christina Jordan, who came to Britain as an immigrant in 1985.

As Labour lost votes to remain parties Magid Magid – whose election slogan was ‘immigrants make Britain great’ having banned Trump from Sheffield when he was Lord Mayor – was elected as a Green MEP in Yorkshire and Humber. 

New Green Party MEP candidate, former Sheffield Lord Mayor Magid Magid, has been elected in the Yorkshire and Humber regio

Mr Magid tweeted today: ‘We did it. Today is about a Green Wave cascading through Europe & landing on the shores of Yorkshire for the first time. We’re just getting started.

‘This’ll be more than a fleeting midsummer night’s dream in Brussels. We’re going to turn the tide of history!’ 

But it was the Brexit Party and its band of candidates formed just six weeks ago who were the biggest winners. 

Annunziata Rees-Mogg, younger sister of Brexit hardliner Jacob was the Brexit Party’s first star star candidate.

The 40-year-old married mother of one last appeared on the political stage in 2010 as the Tory candidate in Somerton and Froome, losing the Somerset seat to the Lib Dems by less than 2,000 votes.

But because she lives in Lincolnshire she was elected in the East Midlands overnight. 

Ahead of the poll it was claimed David Cameron asked her to shorten her name to Nancy Mogg – but she refused and later claimed ‘I think it’s phoney to pretend to be someone you’re not’. 

Annunziata married former soldier Matthew Glanville in 2010 and they have a daughter, Isadora. 

Ms Rees-Mogg, 40, and her brother Jacob, 49, are the youngest of five children born to Lord Rees-Mogg, who edited The Times from 1967 to 1981, and his wife Lady Gillian. They grew up together at the grand Ston Easton Park estate near Wells in Somerset, which has since been turned into a luxury hotel. 

In the south-west Ann Widdecombe was the biggest name to win, but second on the list was veteran James Glancy.

He was a Captain in the elite British Royal Marines and Special Boat Service, serving in three combat tours of Afghanistan.

In 2012, he was awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross (CGC) for leadership and bravery on the frontline.

He is now a Director of a conservation charity, Veterans 4 Wildlife, where he focuses on the preservation of African wildlife and combating the global trade in shark fins.

James is currently a host on Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. He says Brexit has made Britain an international laughing stock.   

Third on the list is Christina Johnson, a former NHS nurse turned community leader who is now an MEP.

She came to the UK from Malaysia in 1985 after starting her career as a secretary at Turkish Embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

She completed her Registered General Nurse training at Winchester General Hospital and went on to work as a staff nurse.

Now she lives in Salisbury after a long career in nursing.

She said: ‘I love this country. I want to stand up for the 17.4 million’.

Former Communist Party member Claire Fox turned Brexit Party candidate was elected in the the north-west, where Tommy Robinson lost his deposit.

Ms Fox said last night’s results were a ‘cry for freedom’.  

She is a panelist on BBC Radio 4’s The Moral Maze and is frequently invited to comment on developments in culture, education, media and free speech issues on TV and radio programmes in the UK such as Newsnight and Any Questions?

She said ahead of Thursday’s vote: ‘Don’t get me wrong, I’m from the left. If you sat Nigel and I down, I am not going to agree with them on any range of questions. But the question now is whether we are going to let democracy be overturned’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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