Margaret Lucille Jeanne Parker (born 24 July 1943) is an English politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East Midlands region between 2014 and 2019. She was born in Grantham and educated at Kesteven and Grantham Girls' School and De Montfort University where she read Law.
|Deputy Chair of the UK Independence Party & Spokesperson for Home Affairs|
27 February 2018 – 15 April 2019
|Preceded by||The Earl of Dartmouth (Deputy Chair)|
Richard Bingley (Home Affairs)
|Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party|
18 October 2017 – 22 January 2018
|Preceded by||Peter Whittle|
|Succeeded by||Mike Hookem|
|UKIP Spokesperson for Women and Equalities|
2 December 2016 – 18 October 2017
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Star Anderton|
|UKIP Spokesperson for Small Business|
24 July 2014 – 1 December 2016
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||Ernie Warrender|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for East Midlands
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Derek Clark|
|Succeeded by||Annunziata Rees-Mogg|
|Born||24 July 1943|
Grantham, England, UK
|Political party||UK Independence Party (2010–2019)|
|Brexit Party (April–May 2019)|
|Alma mater||De Montfort University|
By 2010, she had defected to the UK Independence Party (UKIP). She stood in Sherwood in the 2010 general election, finishing 5th (1,490 votes, 3%). In 2012, she stood in the Corby by-election, finishing third with 5,108 votes (14.3%).
In 2014, Parker was nominated as the second candidate on the East Midlands list for UKIP in preparation for the 2014 European Parliament election. She was subsequently elected alongside Roger Helmer as a UKIP MEP for the East Midlands constituency.
Following the election of Henry Bolton as leader of UKIP in 2017, Parker was appointed deputy leader. After Bolton refused to stand down following a vote of no confidence from UKIP's National Executive Committee, Parker resigned as deputy leader.
During the leadership of Gerard Batten, Parker served as Shadow Home Secretary and Deputy Chair of the UK Independence Party, but resigned her post and membership of the party in April 2019, defecting to the Brexit Party, alongside Jane Collins & Jill Seymour, citing Batten's defence of Carl Benjamin's 2016 tweet saying he "wouldn't even rape" Labour MP Jess Phillips.
Despite her defection, Parker was not selected as a Brexit Party candidate for the 2019 European Parliament elections, and ceased to be a Member of the European Parliament on 26 May 2019.
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- "Margot Parker: 8th parliamentary term". www.europarl.europa.eu. Brussels: European Parliament. 2019. Archived from the original on 9 June 2019. Retrieved 9 June 2019.
- "Nigel Farage reshuffle: Who are Ukip's women?". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
- "2010 Election - Sherwood". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 January 2017.
- Walker, Peter (18 October 2017). "New Ukip leader Henry Bolton reveals frontbench lineup". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
- "UKIP deputy leader Margot Parker resigns over Henry Bolton". BBC News. 22 January 2018. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
- "Ukip MEPs quit to join Farage's new Brexit Party - AOL". www.aol.co.uk. Retrieved 15 April 2019.