William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth
|The Right Honourable
The Earl of Dartmouth
|Member of the European Parliament
for South West England
14 July 2009
|Born||23 September 1949|
|Political party||UK Independence|
|Conservative (until 2007); European Parliament|
|Relations||Diana, Princess of Wales (stepsister)|
|Alma mater||Christ Church, Oxford
Harvard Business School
William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth MEP (born 23 September 1949), is a British politician and hereditary peer. Legge is a Member of the European Parliament (M.E.P.) for South West England, representing the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He now prefers to be known as William Dartmouth.
Dartmouth was educated at Eton College before going up to Christ Church, Oxford, where he became an officer of the Oxford University Conservative Association and later of the Oxford Union Society. He also attended Harvard Business School, from which he further graduated as M.B.A.
Life and career
He succeeded as Earl of Dartmouth in 1997. As Lord Dartmouth he sat in the House of Lords until 1999, when the Labour Party attempted to remove the hereditary principle from Parliament. In January 2007, Dartmouth announced he was leaving the Conservative Party in favour of UKIP citing concerns about Conservative Leader David Cameron's policies.
Dartmouth was elected as the second UKIP candidate for the South West England region in the European Parliament election, 2009. In the European Parliament he sits with the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group and is a Member of the Committee on International Trade.
Lord Dartmouth has a son (Gerald Glen Legge, born 2005) from a previous relationship with the socialite, Claire Kavanagh. His son, being born out of wedlock, cannot be heir to the earldom. Only the eldest legitimate son of the Earl of Dartmouth would be able to use the courtesy title of Viscount Lewisham.
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|Peerage of Great Britain|
Gerald Humphry Legge
|Earl of Dartmouth
1997 – present
Member of the House of Lords
(1997 – 1999)