|Leader of the UK Independence Party|
5 October 2002 – 27 September 2006
|Preceded by||Jeffrey Titford|
|Succeeded by||Nigel Farage|
|Government Whip for the Conservative Party|
23 July 1996 – 1 May 1997
|Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Armed Forces Minister|
28 November 1990 – 14 April 1992
|Member of the European Parliament for the South West England|
10 June 2004 – 4 June 2009
|Preceded by||Earl of Stockton|
|Succeeded by||Earl of Dartmouth|
|Member of Parliament
11 June 1987 – 1 May 1997
|Preceded by||Sir Anthony Kershaw|
|Succeeded by||David Drew|
20 February 1944 |
Crediton, Devon, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party, formerly Conservative|
|Spouse(s)||Carolyn Knapman |
|Alma mater||Royal Agricultural College|
As a member of the Conservative Party, he was elected MP for Stroud in 1987. Between 1990 and 1992, he served as Parliamentary Private Secretary to the armed forces minister, Archie Hamilton. He resigned from this position in order to oppose the Maastricht Treaty. He successfully defended his seat in the 1992 general election. In 1995 he became a government whip. In 1997, however, he lost his seat to the Labour candidate, David Drew.
From 2000, he was UKIP's political advisor, and in 2002 he was elected unopposed as party leader. In 2004 he was elected a Member of the European Parliament for the South West England constituency. As leader of the only British party in the European Parliament to vote against the expansion of the EU in 2004 (and publicly opposing immigration), there was some amusement in May 2006 when it was revealed that he had employed a team of Polish builders to renovate his Grade II listed home in Devon, claiming there were no suitable local workers – a claim denied by local builders.
He announced in 2006 that he had no intention of seeking re-election as party leader; the leadership contest was won in September of that year by Nigel Farage MEP. Knapman was the only leader of UKIP to have succeeded in completing a full four-year term until Farage successfully did so in 2014 after returning to the role in 2010.
- Culture (2005-05-03). "A quiet life on the fringes of power". Telegraph. Retrieved 2014-05-20.
- "Anti-migrant party leader hires Poles". Times Online. Archived from the original on 28 June 2006.
- "Anti-immigrant UKIP leader hires Polish builders". The Independent. Archived from the original on 28 June 2006.
- Hansard 1803–2005: contributions in Parliament by Roger Knapman
- Official website
- Profile at European Parliament website
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Member of Parliament for Stroud
|Party political offices|
|Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party