The 800th anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta has a particularly special significance for people in the West Midlands.
For King John, who signed this historic document, is buried in Worcester Cathedral, a magnificent edifice which I am lucky enough to be able to see from my garden.
Magna Carta has proved a cornerstone for the rights of the British people and established the principle that everybody is subject to the law. The pace of civilisation is ever increasing but that essential tenet remains true and must always be safeguarded.
Thinking of the Magna Carta also reminds me of the Air Forces Memorial which is at Runnymede where, of course, it was signed.
I am always moved by this particular memorial as it bears the names of 20,456 Commonwealth servicemen who gave their lives for us in the Second World War but have no graves. My uncle is one amongst those many names.
They died upholding our precious freedoms which we must fight to maintain so their sacrifice was not in vain.
James Carver, West Midlands UKIP MEP
For further reading on the Magna Carta, visit its wikipedia page below.