|General Secretary of the UK Independence Party|
8 September 2008
|Preceded by||Geoffrey Kingscott|
|Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
1 July 2014
|Preceded by||Martin Callanan|
12 January 1981 |
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
|Alma mater||University of Sheffield|
Jonathan William Arnott (born 12 January 1981) is a Member of the European Parliament for the North East England region for the United Kingdom Independence Party. He was elected in 2014. He is also General Secretary of the UK Independence Party.
Early life and career
Before taking on the roll of General Secretary with UKIP, Arnott was Head of Mathematics at an independent Sheffield school. He is known for his belief that those in politics should keep doing a real-world job, and therefore he continued to teach on a part-time basis.
Arnott joined the UKIP in 2001, and stood in the 2004 and 2009 European elections, being UKIP's No.2 list candidate in the Yorkshire and the Humber region on both occasions. Until 2008 he was the part-time local elections co-ordinator for UKIP, working with 300 candidates to increase the number of UKIP councillors. At the 2008 UKIP conference, Arnott was unveiled as the new General Secretary for the party.
In the general election of 2005 he stood as a UKIP candidate for the Sheffield Attercliffe constituency, coming fourth overall with 4.5% of the vote, losing his deposit. Arnott was then selected to contest the Sheffield South East constituency for the 2010 general election. Just before the election, he took part in the second half of a Radio 5 Live debate on crime with Alan Johnstone, Chris Grayling and Chris Huhne. He spoke 4 times, calling for a reduction in police bureaucracy, abolition of jail sentence remission and rehabilitation of offenders. Arnott came 5th with 4.6% of the vote, losing his deposit but increasing the UKIP vote by 0.2%.
In the 2011 local elections Arnott came second in the Woodhouse ward with 13.1% of the vote, behind the Labour party with 62.9%. He then led UKIP in the 2012 local elections, the party coming fourth overall with 10.25% of votes, up from 1.6% in the comparable 2008 local elections. Arnott himself finished second in Woodhouse ward with 22.1%, behind the Labour party with 60.2% of votes.
Police and Crime Commissioner election
Arnott is a chess enthusiast who is a Candidate Master, former member of the England Under-21 squad  and captained the Yorkshire county side from 2002-2004. He regularly competes in the 4NCL international chess league  and the Gibraltar International chess festival. He represented White Rose in the European Club Cup in 2010 and 2011, with the team finishing as the top British side by 20 places in 2011. His highest rating is 2188 giving him an England ranking of 179 and a world ranking of 11510.
He has also represented Great Britain at the board game Stratego, helping the British team to the bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships.
For the past 15 years, Arnott has been part of a team on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio, broadcasting the home games of Scunthorpe United.
Jonathan married Charlotte Schofield in October 2003.
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