Jonathan Arnott

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Jonathan Arnott
Jonathan Arnott.jpg
UKIP General Secretary
In office
8 September 2008 – August 2014
Preceded by Geoffrey Kingscott
Succeeded by Roger Bird
Member of the European Parliament
for North East England
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Martin Callanan
Personal details
Born (1981-01-12) 12 January 1981 (age 34)
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.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Sheffield, Arnott took his GCSEs and A-Levels three years early. At the age of 15 he enrolled at the University of Sheffield, graduating with a MMath in mathematics.

Arnott was Head of Mathematics at a 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 until his election as an MEP.[1] His first major role in UKIP was as the party's General Secretary; he left the position after six years in August 2014.

Political career[edit]

Arnott joined 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.[2] Until 2008 he was the part-time local elections co-ordinator for UKIP, working with 300 candidates to increase the number of UKIP councillors.[3] At the 2008 UKIP conference, Arnott was unveiled as the new General Secretary for the party. Arnott resigned as General Secretary of UKIP after six years in the position in August 2014.

Following Arnott's election to the European Parliament, it was announced that he was to represent the EFDD group on both the 'budgets' and 'budgetary control' committees. Arnott's maiden speech was in Strasbourg in a debate on youth unemployment, where he highlighted how the North East of England had the highest rate of youth unemployment in the UK, with at least one in four young people unemployed. In the speech he criticised Labour's support of the EU's flagship 'youth guarantee scheme' labelling it as a 'guaranteed failure'; highlighting previous criticisms from the International Labour Organisation.

Following his election, during the rest of 2014 Arnott spoke more than any other British MEP in the European Parliament.[4] In the North East, figures from Independent site MEPRanking also highlighted that Arnott had asked more questions to the European Commission on behalf of his constituents than the other two Labour MEPs in the region combined.[5]

General elections[edit]

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,[6] 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 Johnson, 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,[7] losing his deposit but increasing the UKIP vote by 0.2%.

On Friday 9 January 2015, it was announced that UKIP branch members had selected Arnott to stand in the Easington Constituency – the constituency in which he lives – in the 2015 general election.

Local elections[edit]

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[edit]

On 12 October 2012, Arnott was announced as the UKIP candidate for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections in South Yorkshire[8] coming 4th with 11.54% of the vote.[8]

European Election 2014[edit]

On Sunday 25 May 2014 it was announced that Arnott had been elected as UKIP's first ever MEP for the North East of England. Arnott used his acceptance speech on election night to highlight what he described as an election campaign that had been "marred by a campaign of hate, waged against UKIP by those who fear a realignment of British politics".

Personal life[edit]

Arnott is a chess enthusiast who is a Candidate Master,[9] former member of the England Under-21 squad[10] and captained the Yorkshire county side from 2002–04.[11] He regularly competes in the 4NCL international chess league[12] and the Gibraltar International chess festival.[13] 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.[14][15] His highest rating of 2191 was achieved in 2012[16] and his rating of 2166 in March 2015 gives him a world ranking of 27353.[17]
He has also represented Great Britain at the board game Stratego, helping the British team to the bronze medal at the 2012 World Championships.[18]

For the past 15 years, Arnott has been part of a team on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio, broadcasting the home games of Scunthorpe United.[19]

Jonathan married Charlotte Schofield in October 2003.


  1. ^ "Bio". Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "European election candidates: Yorks. and the Humber". BBC News. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "UKIP launches local poll campaign". BBC News. 28 March 2006. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  4. ^ "MEP By State: United Kingdom". 
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  6. ^ "Jonathan Arnott: Electoral History and Profile". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS – Election 2010 – Sheffield South East". BBC News. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Arnott to stand for Police Commissioner « UKIP Sheffield". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Arnott, Jonathan W FIDE Chess Profile - Players Arbiters Trainers". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Coaching". SASCA. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Players". White Rose Chess. 13 November 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "Four Nations Chess League". 22 November 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  13. ^ S. Rottman, James Humphreys / Blue Pawn (19 January 2011). "2011 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival: Competitors". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
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  16. ^ "ratings progress Chart Arnott, Jonathan W (ENG)". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 11 March 2015. 
  17. ^ "FIDE chess profile Arnott, Jonathan W". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  18. ^ "British Stratego Association". Retrieved 2 February 2014. 
  19. ^,,10442~567667,00.html[dead link]

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