An Article written by Brexit Party Candidate – James Wells
I have lived in Wales for the past 12 years with my wife and two children. I holidayed in Llandudno as a child and I love the Welsh countryside where I spend a fair bit of my spare time mountain biking around the hills and valleys of South Wales.
For the past six years I have worked on key economic indicators at the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in Newport and for the past 18 months I have been Head of UK Trade, helping to deliver a multi-million-pound transformation of the Government’s Official trade statistics.
I haven’t always had a good job. I struggled at school and left with only two GCSEs, spending the next 12 years doing various jobs, including waiting on tables, working in petrol stations and even peeling potatoes. However, at 28 I decided to try and improve my life by going back to college and after much hard work I was offered a place at the University of Liverpool to study Psychology. I graduated from Liverpool in 2002 and went on to complete a master’s degree, also in Psychology.
ONS has done a great job improving the UKs trade statistics in preparation for us leaving the European Union, but I have watched in despair as our parliament has betrayed the hard work that many ordinary Civil Servants have done to prepare our country for leaving. So, angry and frustrated, I joined the March to Leave six weeks ago to vent my frustration. I met lots of amazing people, some who had marched 300 miles from Sunderland to London because they had also had enough, and this really inspired me to want to do more.
So two weeks ago I resigned from the ONS so that I could stand as a MEP candidate for the Brexit Party in Wales, because the people of Wales and the UK deserve better. Like England, Wales voted to leave the European Union and it is not good enough for politicians to simply ignore this after voting overwhelmingly to put the decision to the people.
This is the first time I have been politically active. I joined the conservative party last year so that I could vote in a leadership contest if one was called, but that is it, and I have watched in despair as Tory MPs have bottled it every time they had an opportunity to remove Theresa May.
Last week I shared a stage with Ann Widdecombe and Nigel Farage at a rally in Newport and I have since campaigned in Monmouth and Cardiff where I have had a fantastic reception. I will be campaigning in towns across Wales over the next two weeks so please come and say hello if you see me.
Democracy matters. Generations have fought hard for it, some giving their life to protect it and we should also be prepared to fight for it, because it belongs to us and not the politicians. MPs in Westminster have ignored and pushed us around for too long and it is now time to fight back.
Like many, I believe our two-party political system is broken and vulnerable and that this is our opportunity to change it, so if you have also had enough, stand with me and fight back. I am not sure where my decision to resign will take me, but I have been on many journeys in my life and I will give my all to stand up for the people of Wales. For those that can, please join us by becoming a registered supporter, but most importantly, stand with me and vote for the Brexit Party on the 23rd May.