Diane James - UKIP

Diane James - UKIP

Diane James - UKIP

First published in News

SHE has worked in the healthcare sector for more than 30 years.

Now UKIP candidate Diane James is hoping to inject some new life into Eastleigh by becoming its new MP.

Born in Cambridgeshire Mrs James was the third daughter of an engineer father and a devoted housewife.

The couple had been trying for years to have a family, but Mrs James two older sisters died before she was born.

The 53-year-old has looked up to her mother ever since, heaping praise on her determination to overcome adversity.

“My sisters were both older than me so I’ve got no real say on that. All I do know is that it affected my mum,” Mrs James said.

“She and my dad have done an absolutely fantastic job in terms of bringing my sister and I up. She is a very brave and courageous lady to continue having children until they got there and had a family.”

Having had two happy and healthy daughters the family moved to the Medway towns in Kent when Mrs James was four.

She attended a small village school before achieving a place at Rochester Girls Grammar School and going on to read business studies and tourism with languages at Thames Valley University.

Graduating with a distinction and becoming fluent in French and German Mrs James made full use of her multilingual talents by taking up a role with a German pharmaceutical company.

After jobs at two other firms in the health care industry she moved into the healthcare agency field in the 1980s.

A three-month stint living in Boston, USA, followed, where she learned about the American healthcare system.

Mrs James said: “That was a fantastic opportunity from the point of view of really getting to grips with the US health care model and very valuable to me in that a lot of what I saw there, both the good aspects and the negatives, are very slowly being rolled out here in the UK.

“I had a very good feel for why the US model is quite frankly failing and the pitfalls that are there if the UK doesn’t get it right.”

Mrs James eventually set up her own international consultancy business, interpreting healthcare policy across the world to help companies make their products successful.

But politics soon came calling.

After supporting the Conservatives her entire life Mrs James became “totally disillusioned”

by the way the party was being run.

When a by-election was called in her current home village of Yewhurst in Surrey in 2006 Mrs James stood as an independent.

As she recalls, she came “from nowhere”

to take a seat that had been held by the Tories for 18 years, winning a berth in Waverley Borough Council.

She retained the seat a year later, before standing again for election in 2011, romping to victory with 74 per cent of the vote.

Mrs James said: “I’ve been involved in politics for seven years now and I’ve learned a hell of a lot.

“I’d made this point to a number of people who had questioned me: did I want to be an MP? And it finally came home to me in a big way last year that I did want to try and follow that as an ambition.

“I did a lot of soul searching and I decided that UKIP was the only party that I could perceive as credible and see where I would fit.”

Owner of two rescue dogs, a deaf white border cross, Casper, and collie-retriever cross, Skye, Mrs James likes nothing better than a walk in the park.

But she knows the Eastleigh by-election will be anything but that come Thursday.

Diane James factfile:

  • Date of birth 20/11/1959
  • Place of birth Bedford
  • Favourite TV show Spooks
  • Favourite band Simple Minds
  • Favourite sport Rugby
  • Favourite rugby team Gillingham
  • Hobbies/interests Dancing – enjoys ceroc and leroc. She also spends around two and a half hours on a “normal” day walking her dogs.
  • Interesting fact Diana has completed three half-marathons in the time of 1 hour, 36 minutes. She stopped running seriously in 2001.

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4:13pm Sun 24 Feb 13

Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham says...

There is no such place in Surrey as "Yewhurst", Echo. There is somewhere called Ewhurst, though. LOL!
There is no such place in Surrey as "Yewhurst", Echo. There is somewhere called Ewhurst, though. LOL! Mr-La-De-Da-Gunner-Graham
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9:08pm Sun 24 Feb 13

sungie1$ says...

WELCOME TO EASTLEIGH , DIANE JAMES . An EXCELLENT Choice to represent the Town on behalf of U.K.I.P. A change of direction is Long overdue in our country. I was no different than a great many of my fellow country men. Voting for the same party? Believing their promises, and trusting them to Govern the U. K.. for the benefit of all, its' citizens'. The record's of the Tory. Labour & Lib/dems'? speak ,for themselves' ? Broken promises ? Deceit? Greed ? and Lies' Top the List ?Bankers' Bonuses' still flourish, These Greedy people live in the lap of Luxury? While Millions' struggle to pay their Bill's? M Ps'.expenses. etc ,are not as Transparent as they would have us believe? The Common Market.Voted IN FAVOUR of for Trade purposes'? Has now become the most Despicable act of betrayal in the History of our Country.We shall fight them , on the Beaches .in the fields' and in the streets' .We shall Never Surrender??? Said the Great Winston Churchill.:" We will Give it all away "??? SAY' The Leaders? of today? compliments' of Cameron Clegg ? Blair? &. Brown? Voting for any of these parties who have no control .or say in how our country is run, Will be the end of Democracy? WE ARE CONTROLLED BY EUROPE? Only one party is100% in Favour of a Genuine Referendum ? U. K. I. P. Diane James) D.Cameron said IF? re. elected in 2015. he might do the same? IN 2014. Thousands of Bulgarian.& Rumainian. Immigrants will be Flooding our Towns &Cities . All entitled to Vote in Davids' Referendum? This may be the last chance you will Get ? For a Wake up call? Think about It? Dont Waste IT? Vote for freedom and Democracy/ Vote For U. K. I. P. Vote for Diane James. X
WELCOME TO EASTLEIGH , DIANE JAMES . An EXCELLENT Choice to represent the Town on behalf of U.K.I.P. A change of direction is Long overdue in our country. I was no different than a great many of my fellow country men. Voting for the same party? Believing their promises, and trusting them to Govern the U. K.. for the benefit of all, its' citizens'. The record's of the Tory. Labour & Lib/dems'? speak ,for themselves' ? Broken promises ? Deceit? Greed ? and Lies' Top the List ?Bankers' Bonuses' still flourish, These Greedy people live in the lap of Luxury? While Millions' struggle to pay their Bill's? M Ps'.expenses. etc ,are not as Transparent as they would have us believe? The Common Market.Voted IN FAVOUR of for Trade purposes'? Has now become the most Despicable act of betrayal in the History of our Country.We shall fight them , on the Beaches .in the fields' and in the streets' .We shall Never Surrender??? Said the Great Winston Churchill.:" We will Give it all away "??? SAY' The Leaders? of today? compliments' of Cameron Clegg ? Blair? &. Brown? Voting for any of these parties who have no control .or say in how our country is run, Will be the end of Democracy? WE ARE CONTROLLED BY EUROPE? Only one party is100% in Favour of a Genuine Referendum ? U. K. I. P. Diane James) D.Cameron said IF? re. elected in 2015. he might do the same? IN 2014. Thousands of Bulgarian.& Rumainian. Immigrants will be Flooding our Towns &Cities . All entitled to Vote in Davids' Referendum? This may be the last chance you will Get ? For a Wake up call? Think about It? Dont Waste IT? Vote for freedom and Democracy/ Vote For U. K. I. P. Vote for Diane James. X sungie1$
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9:32pm Sun 24 Feb 13

sungie1$ says...

Diane James
You can vote for the Tories? or Labour you can Vote for THE lib/dems' too. The promises' they make, they usually Break ? They dont really care about You? So now you know. How to DO iT? Now you know the Way? IF you want a Referendum on Europe? Vote FOR Diane TODAY? 28th, Vote, Vote Vote. Vote the U. K. I. P. Way? and Have an Enjoyable Day. X
Diane James You can vote for the Tories? or Labour you can Vote for THE lib/dems' too. The promises' they make, they usually Break ? They dont really care about You? So now you know. How to DO iT? Now you know the Way? IF you want a Referendum on Europe? Vote FOR Diane TODAY? 28th, Vote, Vote Vote. Vote the U. K. I. P. Way? and Have an Enjoyable Day. X sungie1$
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4:43pm Mon 25 Feb 13

Sandy! says...

Diane James

I am not sure if i will vote or not, but if i do, it will be for you.

However, please if you get in, unlike the other parties, remember the things you promised and stood for, and stick to them. There are many millions the length and breadth of this country who are sick tired of politicians lying to us time and time again. Mind you, if you make the others buck up, that will be more than enough to be worth my vote.
Diane James I am not sure if i will vote or not, but if i do, it will be for you. However, please if you get in, unlike the other parties, remember the things you promised and stood for, and stick to them. There are many millions the length and breadth of this country who are sick tired of politicians lying to us time and time again. Mind you, if you make the others buck up, that will be more than enough to be worth my vote. Sandy!
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3:40pm Tue 26 Feb 13

Poppy22 says...

Certainly looking the best candidate of the "main 4" and would have the confidence to stand up to Cameron in Parliament, no doubt!
Certainly looking the best candidate of the "main 4" and would have the confidence to stand up to Cameron in Parliament, no doubt! Poppy22
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