He describes himself as coming from “working class roots” and was “born into the fishing community”.
A former RAF serviceman, Hookem also had a career with the Royal Engineers.
A statement on his website reads: “After leaving school at 15, I had several low paid jobs, but I craved more, and at the age of 17 enlisted in the Royal Air Force.
“Serving in the armed forces was a revelation to me and I was extremely proud to serve my country.
“My four-year stint kick started my life and by the time I left four years later; I was determined to make a success of myself.
“From there my working life was a mixture of skilled trades and management positions, however, the military life still called to me and I soon joined the Royal Engineers as a Commando Engineer, a position I held for 9 years.”
Hookem described joining Ukip as “like a breath of fresh air”.
Becoming an MEP:
Hookem says in a statement on his website: “As an MEP, I don’t intend to change who I am or where I came from.
“I will not be changing my accent or the way I speak, as I am still a working class lad from the west end of Hull, who calls a spade a spade.
“I do however promise to debunk the rubbish coming out of the EU, and to give the public the opportunity to understand what is being done in Europe in your name.
“I will also strive to help anyone who approaches me and give 100% of myself to this region.
“Thing are changing in British politics and I aim to be at the forefront of the People’s Army. (sic)”
Article source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2016/10/06/mike-hookem-mep-who-is-ukips-defence-spokesman_n_12374880.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-politics&ir=UK+Politics