UK Independence Party leadership election, 2006

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United Kingdom Independence Party leadership election, 2009
United Kingdom
2002 ←
2006 → 2009

  Nigel Farage MEP 1, Strasbourg - Diliff.jpg No image.png
Candidate Nigel Farage Richard Suchorzewski
Popular vote 3,329 1,782
Percentage 44.0 23.5

  David Campbell-Bannerman.jpg No image.png
Candidate David Campbell-Bannerman David Noakes
Popular vote 1,443 1,092
Percentage 19.1 11.0

Leader before election

Roger Knapman

Elected Leader

Nigel Farage

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) held a leadership election in September 2006.

The Eurosceptic party had been led since 2002 by Roger Knapman. Although he was entitled to stand for second term of office on the expiry of his four-year term, he decided not to, claiming that he was too old for the post.[1]

Candidates[edit]

Four candidates stood in the election:

  • Richard Suchorzewski, the Chair of UKIP Wales,[1] had defected from the Conservative Party in 2004, and called for the party to develop greater internal democracy, with the formation of a governing committee who would liaise with members on policy initiatives. He also wanted to prioritise the recruitment of more members under 40 and for party leaders to be based permanently in the UK. He attracted the backing of former chairman Petrina Holdsworth.[3]
  • David Campbell-Bannerman was a former Conservative Party councillor and former Chairman of the Bow Group, who had joined UKIP in 2002, and became its Chairman in early 2006. He also called for the party to broaden its policies, and wanted to focus on democracy and freedom from government interference. If elected, he wanted to work alongside Farage, who he hoped would remain the party's leader in the European Parliament.[4]
  • David Noakes, a computer consultant, called for the party to strengthen its focus on anti-EU campaigning. He stressed his belief that the European Union was equivalent to a police state. He called for co-operation with trade unions to organise an anti-EU general strike and for creating a permanent protest outside the British Houses of Parliament with a van broadcasting the party's message.[5]

Result[edit]

Farage was elected, with 44% of the votes cast.[1]

Candidate Votes % share
Nigel Farage 3,329 44.0
Richard Suchorzewski 1,782 23.5
David Campbell-Bannerman 1,443 19.1
David Noakes 851 11.2
Spoiled votes 169 2.2
Turnout 7,574

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