Meet James McMurdock, the fifth Reform MP that no person anticipated | EUROtoday

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Reform UK’s fifth MP James McMurdock is about to take one of many greatest pay cuts in Westminster to take his seat in parliament.

The shock late entry to “Reform bridgehead” within the Commons was working for a giant monetary agency within the City of London when he put his title ahead as a paper candidate for the seat of South Basildon and East Thurrock.

Then on Friday, simply after 5am, lengthy after most candidates had gone to mattress for a protracted sleep, Mr McMurdock was declared because the 650th and remaining MP elected within the 2024 basic election.

James McMurdock enjoys a pint with Nigel Farage
James McMurdock enjoys a pint with Nigel Farage (PA)

The outcome was so shut that counting was suspended at 6am for the method to begin once more at 2pm, after Labour demanded a 3rd recount.

But ultimately, McMurdock was declared to have gained by 98 votes; down from the unique 127 in his first depend.

The 38-year-old, who has beforehand labored for Barclays Capital, Goldman Sachs and Lehman Brothers, specialising in power, infrastructure, and manufacturing, revealed he acquired a textual content from his boss shortly after.

It stated: “I guess I’ll be getting your resignation letter soon.”

Mr McMurdock admitted to nonetheless being in shock and getting over the exhaustion.

He advised The Independent: “I feel l have been on a long drive in the dark and the petrol light is flashing.”

But, regardless of giving up a really effectively paid job within the City, he stated he’s “up for it” to be an MP and take the wage hit within the subsequent 5 years.

Mr McMurdock spoke to The Independent on the East Thurrock Community Football Club in his constituency, the place he was joined by his social gathering chief Nigel Farage. The membership, which was having its first sport as a relaunched entity, has a md who was once a Ukip councillor.

McMurdock meets The Independent’s David Maddox
McMurdock meets The Independent’s David Maddox (Stuart Mitchell)

Farage and his crew had been packing up on Friday afternoon when information that they may get a fifth MP got here via.

It was Farage’s communications man Dan Jukes who warned the crew that they may have greater than 4 MPs.

Mr Farage stated: “I called James and asked what help he had. It turned out it was just him and his parents.”

After being hit with a variety of candidate scandals which harm them within the remaining days of the election, the Reform UK chief was relieved that the shock MP “is such a solid decent guy who is going to be really good for us”.

Mr McMurdock stated he needs to make politics extra accountable to taxpayers.

He stated: “I am obviously a small state, low tax person. I want government out of people’s lives.

“I just want decisions and spending to be accountable to taxpayers and that’s what I hope I can do in the next five years.”

He is some ways the kind of one that would have beforehand voted Conservative however has switched to Farage’ Reform UK.

“It’s really incredible what has happened,” he stated. “I didn’t expect it but I am certainly up for the challenge.”