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MEP Nikki Sinclaire holds roadshow in Stoke-on-Trent
Nikki Sinclaire in Hanley
Nikki Sinclaire is determined to continue representing the West Midlands

Elizabeth Glinka
Political Reporter

One of the West Midlands' six MEPs was in Stoke-on-Trent to collect signatures for a petition calling for a referendum on the UK's membership of the EU.

Former UKIP member Nikki Sinclaire was elected in the 2008, but subsequently left the party.

She lost the whip after refusing to sit alongside UKIP's allies the EDF (Europe of Freedom and Democracy) group.

Ms Sinclaire has described members of the EDF as holding "a variety of extremist views".

Despite no longer having the support of her party the Euro MP said she was "determined to continue representing the people of the West Midlands".

In the meantime her brightly decorated campaign van will be travelling the six counties of the region in an effort to generate publicity for her petition.

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