Gerard Batten

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Gerard Batten
Batten with protesters outside parliament
Member of the European Parliament
for London
Assumed office
10 June 2004
Preceded by Lord Bethell
Personal details
Born (1954-03-27) 27 March 1954 (age 61)
London, United Kingdom
Nationality British
Political party UK Independence Party
Residence Forest Gate, London (private)
Website Gerard Batten MEP

Gerard Joseph Batten[1] (born 27 March 1954 in London) is a Member of the European Parliament for London for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004.

He was a founding member of UKIP in September 1993. He was the first Party Secretary from 1994 to 1997. He has fought local elections, a by-election, a European election, and two general elections as a UKIP candidate. As well as his seat in the European Parliament he is a member of UKIP's National Executive Committee.[citation needed]

Batten was appointed a member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence in July 2004, and shortly afterwards was also appointed UKIP's official spokesman on Security and Defence. In this role, he has attacked the Labour government's plans to introduce Identity Cards.[2] He has been a vocal opponent of the European Arrest Warrant.[3]

Before becoming an MEP he was a salesman for British Telecom for 28 years. At the 2007 UK Independence Party conference, he was selected as the party's candidate to contest the London mayoral election, 2008.[4] He stood in the 2009 UKIP leadership election,[5] coming second.

Prodi controversy[edit]

In April 2006, Batten stated that a London constituent and former FSB agent, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, had been told that Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, had been the KGB's "man in Italy", demanding an inquiry into the allegations. Batten told the European Parliament that Litvinenko had been warned by FSB deputy chief General Anatoly Trofimov that there were numerous KGB agents among Italian politicians, and that "Romano Prodi is our man in Italy". According to the Brussels-based newspaper EU Reporter on 3 April 2006, "another high-level source, a former KGB operative in London, has confirmed the story."[6] Among the most serious claims, by Batten's account, is that Prodi assisted in the protection of KGB operatives allegedly involved in the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981. The Guzzanti Commission, an Italian parliamentary commission, later concluded that KGB and GRU (Soviet military intelligence) did attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II.[citation needed]

On 26 April 2006, Batten repeated his call for a parliamentary inquiry, stating that: "Former, senior members of the KGB are willing to testify in such an investigation, under the right conditions... It is not acceptable that this situation is unresolved, given the importance of Russia's relations with the European Union."[citation needed]

On 11 November 2006, Lt Col Litvinenko was admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning after eating at a London restaurant and died on 23 November 2006. The police later concluded he had been poisoned with polonium, a small dose of which is lethal. Anatoly Trofimov was assassinated by unknown gunmen in April 2005.[citation needed]

On 22 January 2007, the BBC and ITV News released documents and video footage, from February 2006, in which Litvinenko made the same allegations against Prodi.[7][8]

Speech on the Bilderberg Group[edit]

On 12 September 2011, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, Batten made a one-minute speech questioning why the media do not report on the annual Bilderberg Group meetings of some of the world's most powerful people:[9]

"Thank you, Mr. President. The [European] Commission have recently replied to my written question confirming that Commissioners [Joaquin] Almunia and [Neelie] Kroes attended the Bilderberg meeting in St. Moritz in June. The Commission cannot tell me details of what was discussed, but that surely the Bilderberg meetings do not take decisions.

"If Bilderberg meetings are just talking shops, why do the most powerful figures from around the world, including George Osborne, the [British] Chancellor of the Exchequer, bother to attend? What other summit of world leaders in politics, finance and business would go completely unreported in the mainstream media such as the BBC?

"It’s impossible not to reach the conclusion that the non-reporting of these events is anything other than a conspiracy between the [Bilderberg] organizers and the media.

"It merely confirms the belief of many that the hidden agenda and purpose of the Bilderberg Group is to bring about undemocratic world government. It’s a disgrace that the European Commission is colluding in that."


  1. ^ "Notice of result". Kingston Council. Retrieved 2010-03-04. 
  2. ^ UKIP opposition to identity cards
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Interview: Mayoral candidate wants London free of the EU". Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  5. ^ "UKIP leadership: Runners and riders", BBC News, 19 November 2009
  6. ^ Donnelly, Cillian (3 April 2006). "Prodi Accused Of Being Former Soviet Agent". EU Reporter. Archived from the original on 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2006-11-21. 
  7. ^ "'Multiple attempts' on Litvinenko". BBC. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  8. ^ "Litvinenko footage emerges". ITV News. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01. 
  9. ^ Video on YouTube

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