Jake Pugh


Edward Francis Pugh (born 20 October 1960) is a British politician, and businessman. He was elected as a Brexit Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the Yorkshire and Humber constituency in the 2019 European parliamentary election.

Jake Pugh
Member of the European Parliament
for Yorkshire and the Humber
In office
2 July 2019[1]  31 January 2020
Preceded byMike Hookem
Succeeded byConstituency abolished
Personal details
Born (1960-10-20) 20 October 1960 (age 60)
Pembury, Kent, England
NationalityBritish
Political partyBrexit
Other political
affiliations
Referendum
EducationRugby School
Alma materDurham University
OccupationPolitician, Businessman
Websitejakepughview.com

Early life and career


Edward Francis Pugh was born on 20 October 1960 in Pembury, Kent, England.[2][3] Both his parents were Conservative Party activists. His older brother, businessman Henry Pugh, died in 2013. His early education was at the independent Rugby School.[4] Pugh studied Economics and Politics at Durham University (Hatfield College).[5][6] As a student he played cricket alongside Tim Curtis and Steve Henderson and later played for the 2nd XI at Warwickshire.[7]

He started his financial career as a broker for the former American investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1983, and later worked in the wealth management division for six years for the British investment bank Barclays.[8] Pugh has also worked as the managing director for the futures division of ICAP.[9]

He is the director of PughView Ltd, an independent strategy consultancy.[2][10]

Political career


In the 1997 general election, he contested the Richmond Park constituency on behalf of the Eurosceptic Referendum Party. Pugh was fourth in the election with 1,467 votes (2.6%).[11] He voted for Jeremy Corbyn in the 2015 Labour Party leadership election.[12]

Pugh voted for Brexit in the 2016 United Kingdom European Union membership referendum. He supports Brexit as he felt that the European Union was undemocratic, and protectionist.[13] In the 2019 European parliamentary election, Pugh stood as a candidate for the Brexit Party in the Yorkshire and Humber constituency. He was third on his party's list, and was elected as one of its three MEPs in the constituency.[14][15]

In the European parliament, Pugh was a member of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs.[3]

In August 2020, Pugh argued that the UK should change its foreign policy towards the EU by "doing everything we can to undermine the EU economically, militarily and politically." [16]

References


  1. "European elections results". European Parliament. 3 July 2019. Archived from the original on 26 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  2. "Pughview Limited". Companies House. Archived from the original on 11 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  3. "Jake Pugh". European Parliament. Archived from the original on 17 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  4. "E-Floreat Summer 2013". Rugby School. p. 31. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  5. Daly, Patrick (3 June 2019). "Meet your new MEPs for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire". Grimsby Telegraph. Archived from the original on 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  6. Young, Angus (28 May 2019). "Meet Yorkshire and the Humber's new Brexit Party MEPs". Hull Daily Mail. Archived from the original on 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  7. Moyes, Arthur (2007). Be The Best You Can Be: A History of Sport in Hatfield College, Durham University. Durham: Hatfield College Trust. p. 101.
  8. "The Pugh View". Finance Dublin. Archived from the original on 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  9. Cave, Tim (4 September 2014). "Clearing expert exits LSE futures project". Financial News. Archived from the original on 10 August 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  10. "Consulting services". PughView. Archived from the original on 1 June 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  11. "Richmond Park". BBC News. Archived from the original on 19 November 2015. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  12. "Just voted for Jeremy Corbyn as next leader of the Labour Party". Jake Pugh (Twitter). 8 September 2015. Archived from the original on 25 May 2019. Retrieved 16 August 2019.
  13. The Future of British Steel. Brexit Party. Event occurs at 34 minutes. Archived from the original on 4 June 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  14. "2019 European elections: List of candidates for Yorkshire and the Humber". BBC News. 28 April 2019. Archived from the original on 19 June 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  15. Blow, John (27 May 2019). "Yorkshire and the Humber backs the Brexit Party at European elections – but Labour, Lib Dems and Green also win seats". The Yorkshire Post. Archived from the original on 8 July 2019. Retrieved 10 August 2019.
  16. @jake_pugh (23 August 2020). "Now is the moment for the UK to change its fundamental foreign policy position wrt EU. There is no logic in finding the 'Project' flawed in every sense and standing benignly by. We should be doing everything we can to undermine the EU economically, militarily and politically" (Tweet) via Twitter.