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Former Brexit MEP dies in diving accident in The Bahamas

A former Brexit Party MEP has died in a diving accident near his home in The Bahamas.

Robert Rowland, 54, represented the South East of England at the European Parliament from July 2019 until December.

Nigel Farage announced the death of the father-of-four, who was born in Bowdon, Greater Manchester, on the website of the Reform Party, the new name for the Brexit Party.

Robert Rowland, 54, represented the South East of England at the European Parliament from July 2019 until December 2020 

He said: 'It is with great sadness that I have to announce the death of Robert Rowland, after a diving accident near his home in the Bahamas.

'Following a successful career in the City, Robert was an enthusiastic Brexit Party MEP and larger than life character. He leaves a wife, Lisa Marie, and four children.

'On behalf of myself, and all those who were involved with the Brexit Party, I extend our sincerest condolences to his family.'

Nigel Farage announced the death of the father-of-four, who was born in Bowdon, Greater Manchester, on the website of the Reform Party, the new name for the Brexit Party. They are pictured together watching the UK results of the European elections in 2019, which the Brexit Party won

Among colleagues who paid tribute to him online was Christina Jordan, former Brexit Party MEP representing the South West and Gibraltar.

She wrote online: 'I'm heartbroken and sad at the loss of our dear, wonderful friend and colleague.

'Robert Rowland was kind, funny, generous, intelligent, patriotic and so supportive. 

'My deepest sympathies to his wife and children. We'll miss you so very much RR7. Rest in Peace Robert'.

Robert Rowland is seen above with Nigel Farage and Alexandra Phillips in the run up to the European Parliament elections in May 2019

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