I’m Roger Helmer, UKIP Member of the European Parliament for the East Midlands. Here you can find links to my recent speeches & articles and news about my work in the European Parliament. As the UKIP Spokesman on Industry and Energy, I often blog about our common-sense policies on energy and climate change, and the folly of the Brussels-driven climate change agenda.
I was first elected to the European Parliament in 1999 following my selection as the #1 candidate for the Conservative Party in the East Midlands, and was subsequently re-elected in 2004 and 2009. Before entering Parliament, I had an extensive business career starting in 1965 with Procter & Gamble, going on to hold senior marketing and general management appointments in a range of companies including well-known multinationals. My career led me to live and work across Asia, notably in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Korea, and I have found my decades of business experience invaluable in the European Parliament, especially since taking on my new rôle as Spokesman on Industry and Energy.
After 12 years as a Conservative MEP, and a great deal of thought and soul-searching, I recently made the decision to join the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). This was not a decision I made lightly, and I have explained it in full here. I decided to join UKIP because I believe the values I have always stood for – the values on which I was elected three times – are now better represented by UKIP than by the Conservative Party, which has repeatedly denied the British people the referendum they were promised on Continue reading