Janice Atkinson’s mother was a Tory and her father was an old-fashioned Socialist, so she never felt coerced down any route. She became a UKIP MEP because she feels we have to stand up for the things that we believe in and hold true. Janice also wants her country back and to return decision-making to Parliament.
She campaigned for Margaret Thatcher, although she was too young to vote, and marched with the anti-Nazi league and Rock Against Racism. She started my first business in her early 20s and has been successful.
Janice’s business life entailed working in marketing communications for FTSE 100 companies. She am now involved in a business called gotradelive.com which is similar to Amazon and eBay, but has a reverse auction and cataloguing facility and is free. Unlike Amazon and eBay, gotradelive.com pay our UK taxes, employ UK nationals and campaign against corporatism and to return to good old-fashioned capitalism.
gotradelive.com has a charitable arm, headed up by Janice, which will enable third world countries to trade with mobile devices. Trade, not aid and encouraging small businesses is the way out of poverty and being ruled by despot regimes.
In politics she has campaigned for proportional representation; ran MP David Davis’s by-election campaign against 42 days’ detention; is credited in MP Douglas Carswell’s book The Plan – twelve months to renew Britain and now plans to stand for Parliament to restore democracy at Westminster.
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"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student