UKIP has today completed a mini reshuffle, with Mark Reckless being confirmed as the Party's Economic Spokesman.
The former MP was a City Economist and his past publications include 'The Euro: Bad for Business', 'The Drivers of Regulation' and Euromoney 'Guide to the London financial markets'.
Mr Reckless said, "I am delighted to take up the economics role for the party. It is an exciting time with the European referendum now firmly on the horizon. One of the most important roles in that campaign will be to show to the British public the economic opportunities and advantages for British business and the wider economy when we leave the European Union."
Other roles being announced today include:
• Christopher Mills who will be taking up the business brief (to complement Margot Parker MEP who holds the Small Business brief)
Mills, who is also Deputy Treasurer of the Party, is a highly successful businessman in his own right, having been Chief Investment Officer of J.O. Hambro, amongst other senior roles.
• Nathan Gill MEP, is appointed International Development Spokesman, on the back of his membership of the European Parliament's Development Committee.
• Dr Julia Reid MEP, is appointed Science Spokesman.
Dr Reid's career before joining politics was as a research biochemist, latterly in academic research (diabetes/lipid research) at the Royal United Hospital in Bath.
UKIP Leader Nigel Farage said, "This brings real world experience into our top team. Each is an expert in his or her field and will be able to explain how their own sectors will benefit from EU exit.
"It all shows how the UKIP story has many more chapters to run".