York Union event
From a kid on a council estate in Moss Side, Manchester to a successful lawyer in the City of London, Steven Woolfe is not your average politician. Influenced by his upbringing in a working class Labour-supporting household, and disaffected following the lost opportunities of New Labour's early years, Woolfe went on to explore Tory politics. Ultimately, he chose UKIP.
In his youth, Woolfe faced abuse and prejudice for being mixed race. At a press conference where he was mounting a spirited attack on claims that UKIP are racist, he was heckled by a protester for being a 'faker'. He retorted, "a five-year-old child having to go home and tell his mum he was called a n***** all day at school - that's not a fake." In his time speaking on immigration policy, Woolfe has been noted by commentators for his calm, measured tone as well as propounding a more balanced, 'ethical' approach where non-EU migrants are not discriminated against.
Woolfe was elected as a Member of the European Parliament for North West England in May 2014. A high profile member of the UKIP leadership team, Woolfe handles the financial affairs brief alongside his role as spokesman for migration. He stood for the seat of Stockport at the 2015 general election, achieving a vote swing of over 10 per cent.
Articulate, authentic and non-divisive, Steven Woolfe stands out from the sea of suits. He is a figure analysts consider well positioned to take on from Nigel Farage, someone capable of broadening the appeal of UKIP into a mass party. Book your free tickets now to see Woolfe speak to the York Union on a host of issues, including the case for Brexit, UKIP's success, how he got involved in politics and why his party are here to stay.
(To cover the expenses of hosting this event, we have a suggested donation of £2 from students and £4 from members of the public. The York Union is a strictly not-for-profit organisation run by a small group of volunteers.)
Please note the change of room from that originally advertised.