An MEP has revealed she is Britain’s first sex-change parliamentarian after undergoing gender reassignment surgery more than 20 years ago.
In a new autobiography about her political career, Nikki Sinclaire has spoken for the first time about her ‘great secret’ of growing up as a boy.
The 45-year-old was elected as a UKIP MEP for the West Midlands in June 2009, but was expelled from the party in 2010 after a row over policy.
As long term readers will know I worked on the campaign that led to her election (I was part of the national campaign, not the local) and one of the things that interested me about it all was that Nikki was simply never an issue. Not bad for a party that outsiders see as being solely composed of intolerant bigots.
Yes, the same party that got Godfrey Bloom into the EU Parliament also put Nikki Sinclaire there.
My takeaway from all of this is that the Great British Public just don’t care about many things quite as much as the standard political classes think they should. A 6 foot 6 transgender giant?* Hmm, but what does she think about Europe, eh? That’s the important thing.
*I am not a doctor etc but she certainly appears to me to have certain attributes of “giantism.” Which may not be the correct word but still.