Anne Marie Waters

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Anne Marie Waters - June 2016

Anne Marie Waters is a British political activist who is the director of Sharia Watch UK, an organisation launched in the UK on the 24 April 2014.[1][2] In January 2016, Waters launched Pegida UK in conjunction with activist Tommy Robinson and politician Paul Weston.[3]

Political career

Waters has made two unsuccessful attempts to be selected as a Labour candidate, first seeking selection for South Swindon, for which she gave a member of the Central Committee of the Worker-communist Party of Iran as her personal reference.[4] Later, she was shortlisted to be Labour's candidate in Brighton Pavilion.[5] She was initially chosen to stand as a UKIP candidate in the London Assembly election, 2016, but was de-selected when her role in Pegida UK became public.[6]

Waters contested the 2014 Lambeth Council election for UKIP, where she finished in 9th place.

At the 2015 general election, Waters stood as the UKIP candidate in the seat of Lewisham East in South-east London, finishing in third place with 9.1% of the vote.

Waters was again chosen to be the UKIP candidate for Lewisham East in the 2017 General Election but was de-selected after party leader Paul Nuttall described her views as "way above and beyond party policy".[7]

Waters has announced her intention to stand in the 2017 UKIP Leadership election, during which Bill Etheridge called for her expulsion from the party over her inflammatory comments about Islam.[8]

Political views

Waters has been described as hard-right.[8]

She has been criticised for her association with far-right politicians and organisations, including her praise of Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen.[9] She was a member of the senior management of the anti-Islam group Pegida UK alongside former leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson and leader of Liberty GB Paul Weston.[10]

She has criticised the Catholic Church for its stances on contraception, abortion, and LGBT rights.[11]


  1. Kassam, Raheem (24 April 2014). "UK Lawyers, Human Rights Activists Launch 'Sharia Watch' Org to Monitor UK Islamism". Breitbart News. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  2. Deacon, Liam (4 January 2016). "IN PICTURES: Anti-Islamisation ‘PEGIDA’ Group Launches UK Chapter". Breitbart News. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 
  3. Douglas Murray. "Cologne exposes a crisis in our continent, yet parliament is debating Donald Trump". The Spectator. 
  6. Niall Flynn. "Pegida member says ‘there’s still time for Ireland’". The Irish Times. 
  7. Evening Standard 28 April 2017 Ukip leader Paul Nuttall to investigate anti-Islam election candidate for Lewisham
  8. 8.0 8.1 Mikey Smith (2017-06-19). "Hard-right Ukip leadership candidate slammed for blaming Islam for the Finsbury Park attack". The Mirror (UK). Retrieved 2017-06-25. "Anne Marie Waters, who was a senior member of far-right anti-Islam organisation Pegida UK, alongside Tommy Robinson, announced she would stand to succeed former leader Paul Nuttall shortly after his election drubbing." 
  9. Peter Walker Political correspondent (2017-04-27). "Ukip under fire for choosing candidate who called Islam evil: Selection of Anne Marie Waters, ex-deupty leader of far-right group Pegida, reveals ‘grubby, true face’ of party, says Tim Farron". The Guardian (UK). Retrieved 2017-06-25. "Anne Marie Waters, an activist from the anti-Islam Pegida movement, has also praised the far-right leaders Marine Le Pen and Geert Wilders." 
  10. Adam Parris-Long (2016-01-04). "Tommy Robinson hands over Pegida UK leadership to former Luton South parliamentary candidate Paul Weston". The Mirror (UK). Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  11. "Harsh judgments on the pope and religion". The Guardian. 14 September 2010. Retrieved 6 March 2016. 

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