MEP resigns

ROGER Helmer, Conservative MEP for the East Midlands, whose patch includes Belper, has quit his seat in the European Parliament, saying he is “disillusioned with the direction of his party”.

His colleague, East Midlands MEP Emma McClarkin, said: “Roger has been a colourful character in East Midlands politics.

“Over his 12 years’ service as a Conservative Member of the European Parliament he has represented the East Midlands and its constituents with great passion.

“I wish him well and hope he enjoys his well-deserved retirement.”