Michelle Brown

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Michelle Brown
AM
Michelle Brown AM.png
Member of the Welsh Assembly
for North Wales
Assumed office
5 May 2016
Personal details
Born (1969-12-30) 30 December 1969 (age 48)
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater Staffordshire University

Michelle Margaret Freda Brown (née Baxendale; born 30 December 1969) is a British politician who has been a UK Independence Party Member of the National Assembly for Wales for North Wales since the 2016 election.

Brown grew up in Mostyn and was educated at St Richard Gwyn Catholic High School, Flint, and at convents in Holywell and Holyhead.[1] She graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree in Law and a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Staffordshire University.[2] In May 2016, she voted for Neil Hamilton as leader of the UKIP group in the Welsh Assembly and against Nathan Gill AM. Since that time, she has been the victim of a concerted attempt by an ex-employee and supporters of Nathan Gill to remove her. [3]

It was revealed in July 2017 that the UKIP branch in Delyn had called for her de-selection, accusing her of "abrasive and discourteous" behaviour towards local members.[4]

Controversy

In February 2017 Future Inns, a hotel in Cardiff Bay accused Brown of smoking "recreational drugs" in her hotel room. The hotel stated the room could not be used for 24 hours and issued a £250 bill to Brown for the cleaning cost.[5]

In July 2017, a recording of a telephone conversation emerged, in which Brown was heard describing the Labour MP for Streatham, Chuka Umunna, as a "fucking coconut". The call was recorded in May 2016 to her then senior adviser Nigel Williams, whom she sacked later that month. Brown said her language was "inappropriate" and apologised, although also stating that she "was using language that friends and colleagues often do when chatting to each other". However, Brown stated that she stood by her comments that Umunna had "as much understanding of an ordinary black man’s experience as I have". Brown was also recorded referring to Tristram Hunt, who was then Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central as a twat. Brown's comments were referred to the assembly's standards commissioner and Labour, Conservative, and Plaid Cymru members called for Brown to be sanctioned.[6] Nathan Gill, UKIP MEP for Wales, called on the party to expel her for the comments. Neil Hamilton, leader of the UKIP AM group in the assembly, refused to comment.

References

  1. ^ "Welsh Election 2016: Labour just short as UKIP wins seats". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "Michelle Brown". UKIP Wales. Retrieved 6 May 2016. 
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-40656402
  4. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-40656402
  5. ^ https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-politics-38756037
  6. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-politics-40688367
National Assembly for Wales
Preceded by
Janet Haworth
Assembly Member for North Wales
2016 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent


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