Rupert Oliver Matthews (born 5 December 1961) is a British Conservative Party politician serving as the Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner since 2021. He previously served as a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East Midlands from June 2017 until his term ended on 1 July 2019, and has authored books on the paranormal.
|Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner|
|Assumed office |
8 May 2021
|Preceded by||The Lord Bach|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for East Midlands
29 June 2017 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Andrew Lewer|
|Succeeded by||Bill Newton Dunn|
|Born||5 December 1961|
|Education||Esher Grammar School|
Matthews was educated at Esher Grammar School and worked as a freelance writer and journalist. He has written over 170 books on history, ghosts, cryptozoology, UFOs, paranormal activity, guides to the UK and children's stories. Matthews is the editorial director and a shareholder of Bretwalda Books.
On 12 October 2011, Roger Helmer, an MEP for the East Midlands constituency, announced that he would resign from the European Parliament at the end of the year. He expected to be replaced by Matthews, who was in next position on the Conservative party list in the East Midlands. However, after uncertainty was expressed as to whether the Conservative Party would approve Matthews as the new MEP, Helmer announced he would delay standing down until the position was clarified and Matthews confirmed as his successor. The Conservative Party was reported to be looking into the fact that golliwog dolls featured on the front cover of a book on political correctness published by Bretwalda Books. It was later reported that Matthews was not personally involved in publishing the book. In March 2012, Helmer defected to UKIP and remained an MEP; he was re-elected in 2014.
For the 2014 European Parliament election Matthews was again placed third on the Conservative party list for the East Midlands and, again, missed being elected.
In 2014, Matthews took up a position as National Campaigns Director at Better Off Out. He led Better Off Out's campaign for Britain to Leave the European Union, liaising with the official campaign (Vote Leave) as well as with Leave.EU and Grassroots Out. During this time, he supervised the production of leaflets, posters and other campaign materials as well as organising their distribution to the public in the run-up to the 2016 European Union membership referendum.
He finally became an MEP for the East Midlands on 29 June 2017, replacing Andrew Lewer after Lewer was elected to the House of Commons. Matthews was not elected in the 2019 European Parliament election.
He reportedly believed at one time that the Treaty of Lisbon could have enabled the European Commission to invade Britain were the country ever to attempt to leave the European Union, or have enabled the Commission to request a German panzer (tank) division be sent to London were the situation to warrant it.
- Monster Mysteries with Bernard Long (Hove, England: Wayland, 1988 ISBN 1-85210-354-X)
- The First Settlements with Bernard Long (Hove, England: Wayland, 1990 ISBN 1-85210-769-3)
- Alien Encounters (Chartwell Books, Inc., 2009 ISBN 978-0-7858-2355-1)
- Chris Cook "Paranormal expert set to become Tory MEP", Financial Times, 28 October 2011
- Times Guide to the House of Commons, 1997
- International Metaphysical University page; includes a comprehensive list of books by Matthews currently in print.
- Michael Crick "Unconventional Tory and his paranormal activities", Channel 4 News, 24 January 2012
- Council Election 1998 Surrey Comet 9 May 1998
- Barrett, Matthew (12 October 2011). "Roger Helmer MEP to resign from the European Parliament". ConservativeHome.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 21 October 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Kredittkort test". Rogerhelmer.com. Retrieved 16 February 2019.
- "Conservative MEP Roger Helmer delays resignation", BBC News, 31 December 2011
- "Conservative MEP Roger Helmer joins UKIP". BBC News. 3 March 2012.
- Quinn, Ben (3 March 2012). "Conservative MEP switches to Ukip". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
- "Rupert Matthews MEP, Author at BrexitCentral". BrexitCentral. Retrieved 9 September 2018.
- 'Bagehot' "The newest Conservative member of the European Parliament, and his fears of German invasion", The Economist, 14 October 2011
- Martin, Dan (2 March 2019). "MEP Rupert Matthews becomes Conservative Leicestershire police and crime commissioner election candidate". Leicester Mercury. Retrieved 29 May 2019.
- "Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner election result". Leicester Mercury. 8 May 2021. Retrieved 8 May 2021.