|Member of the London Assembly
for One London (London-wide)
10 June 2004 – 1 May 2008
|Political party||United Kingdom Independence Party (2004 - January 2005), Veritas (January 2005 - September 2005), One London (September 2005 - November 2008)|
Originally a member of the Conservative Party, Hockney contested the constituency of Pendle for the Referendum Party at the 1997 General Election, narrowly losing his deposit. He then moved to UKIP, for which he stood in Kensington and Chelsea at the 1999 by-election and the 2001 General Election. He was the UKIP London Mayoral candidate in 2000, and in June 2004 he was elected as a London-wide Member of the London Assembly for UKIP.
On 30 January 2005 he announced that he was defecting to Veritas, the new party founded by ex-UKIP MEP Robert Kilroy-Silk. It was subsequently announced that he would serve as deputy leader of Veritas. On 29 July 2005, following the resignation of Kilroy-Silk, Hockney announced his resignation as deputy leader.
In February 2008 the One London Party announced that Hockney would be its candidate in the 2008 Mayoral election. However, on 27 March 2008, Hockney announced that he was pulling out of the race to become the mayor of London. He cited a lack of media opportunities for the candidates representing smaller parties as the reason, but confirmed that the party would still contest the Assembly election.
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