Ray Finch


Raymond Finch (born 2 June 1963) is a British politician who served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for South East England between 2014 and 2019.

Ray Finch
Member of the European Parliament
for South East England
In office
1 July 2014  1 July 2019[1][2]
LeaderPaul Nuttall
Steve Crowther (Acting)
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Preceded byJames Elles
Succeeded byRobert Rowland
Personal details
Born (1963-06-02) 2 June 1963 (age 58)
Liverpool
Political partyUK Independence Party (until April 2019)
Brexit Party (April–May 2019)
Other UKIP offices
UKIP Spokesperson for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
In office
6 December 2016  16 April 2019
Succeeded byVacant
UKIP Spokesperson for Defence
In office
17 February 2018  17 April 2019
LeaderGerard Batten
Preceded byHenry Bolton
Succeeded byMike Hookem
Leader of UKIP in the European Parliament
In office
7 January 2017  14 April 2018
Deputy Leader: 14 April 2018 - 16 April 2019
Preceded byPaul Nuttall
Succeeded byGerard Batten (Leader)
Stuart Agnew (Deputy)
UKIP Spokesperson for Housing
In office
6 December 2016  14 April 2018
Preceded byAndrew Charalambous
Succeeded byAndrew Charalambous
UKIP Spokesperson for Fisheries
In office
24 July 2014  29 November 2016
Preceded byOffice established
Succeeded byMike Hookem

The fourth named candidate on the UK Independence Party (UKIP) list for the South East England constituency, he was elected as a Member of the European Parliament after the 2014 European Parliamentary Election.

Finch was the leader of the UKIP group on Hampshire County Council, standing down on election to the European Parliament.[3] He resigned as a councillor in January 2017 following his appointment as head of the UK Europe of Freedom and Direct Democracy delegation in the European Parliament.[4]

On 17 April 2019, Finch left UKIP to join the Brexit Party.[5] He was not selected as a Brexit Party candidate for the 2019 European Parliamentary election, and ceased to sit as a Brexit Party MEP on 26 May 2019.

References


  1. "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. "Vote2014 - South East". BBC News. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. Carr, Michael (12 January 2017). "'I am unable to continue': Hampshire UKIP councillor Ray Finch quits". Daily Echo. Retrieved 5 December 2017.
  5. "Raymond Finch - 8th parliamentary erm". European Parliament. Retrieved 18 April 2019.