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Nikki Sinclaire expelled from UKIP

Friday, 22 January 2010
A West Midlands MEP has been expelled from the UK Independence Party after refusing to be part of the multi-national group it has joined within the European Parliament.

Nikki Sinclaire, left, had the party whip removed after she refused to sit with her own party members in parliamentary meetings for weeks citing that some of UKIP's allies in the Europe of Freedom and Democracy (EFD) grouping had "extreme views".

In a video posted on her blog she said her plans to stand as a candidate for the party in the upcoming general election may not now go ahead, but she was not quitting the party: “I promise my future to UKIP, if UKIP will have me”. She also spoke of a breakdown of her relationship with UKIP leader in Europe Nigel Farage, whom she says “begged me at the last moment to sign up to the group in the first place”.

A UKIP statement released on Thursday said that "Nikki Sinclaire says that her political views are incompatible with those of some members of the EFD Group in the European Parliament, of which the UKIP MEPs form part. So she has been sitting as an unattached MEP since 18 January 2010.

The EFD group was formed in the aftermath of last summer's European elections and was made up of 32 right-wing MEPs from nine national political parties. Following Ms Sinclaire’s expulsion, the UKIP team within this grouping now numbers 12.

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