Diane James is one of 10 elected Members of the European Parliament (MEP) representing the South East region of the United Kingdom.
Diane sits as an independent with no party affiliation.
Diane first became involved in politics after her election in 2006 to the Waverley Borough Council in Surrey. She served for 9 years in this role and during that time she was a member of a Council Planning committee and Chair of an Overview and Scrutiny committee.
During that 9 year period, she saw how disruptive and inappropriate the UK’s adherence to EU rules and directives was and this led her to becoming Eurosceptic.
Having joined UKIP, she fought the Eastleigh, Hampshire parliamentary by-election in 2013 and only narrowly missed winning the constituency.
Subsequently, she was selected to be a UKIP candidate in the 2014 European Parliament elections was duly elected as an MEP for the South East.
Diane played a prominent role in the June 2016 EU Referendum campaign with regular media appearances.
Prior to politics, Diane’s career spanned over 30 years in the UK and international healthcare sector, initially working for major pharmaceutical companies, followed by consultancy firms, including establishing her own in 1997.
Her new business venture focused on the response to the then UK Government’s healthcare reforms; reforms which have continued under all UK Governments since then. Diane’s work included interaction with various government departments, including HM Treasury, Ministry of Defence and Department of Health.
In recent years Diane has become involved in various organisations supporting healthcare innovation in the UK, including Board Chair of a regional NHS innovation and transformation body and a Board Member of Venture Capital Trust health fund.
Currently Diane is a member of various key European Parliament committees and takes an active interest in the ENVI and IMCO committees which include the remits of public health and the EU’s Digital Single Market.
Diane’s priority, however, is the AFCO committee, which has responsibility to oversee the European Parliament’s contribution to the EU’s Brexit negotiation strategy.