David Kurten

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David Kurten

UKIP Spokesperson for Education
In office
30 November 2016 – 05 December 2018
LeaderPaul Nuttall
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Preceded byPaul Nuttall
Succeeded byvacant
Member of the London Assembly
as the 11th Additional Member
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byMurad Qureshi
Personal details
Born (1971-03-22) 22 March 1971 (age 47)
Littlehampton, United Kingdom
Political partyUK Independence Party
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
University of Bath
University of Southampton

David Michael Kurten AM (born 22 March 1971) is a British politician who has been a UK Independence Party Member of the London Assembly since the London Assembly election, 2016.[1][2] He took the final Additional Member seat under the d'Hont allocation system, ahead of the Liberal Democrats who needed an additional 5,490 votes and the Conservatives who needed an additional 5,581 votes to secure it.


Born to a white mother and black father, he graduated with a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews in 1993, a PGCE from the University of Bath in 1995, and completed a MRes in Chemistry at the University of Southampton in 1998.[3]

In October 2016, Kurten announced his intention to stand for UKIP leader following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days.[4] He was seen as a front-runner to lead the party in 2017.[5] Kurten said in August 2017 during the leadership campaign that he opposes same-sex marriage.[6] Kurten faced criticism when he claimed that gay people are more likely to be abused as children. Peter Whittle retorted: "Neither I, nor any of the gay friends and colleagues I have known over 35 years, were sexually abused."[7]

When Henry Bolton was elected as leader in October 2017, Kurten finished in third place. Appointed as Education spokesman on 30 November 2016,[8] Kurten resigned from this role on 22 January 2018 following Bolton's refusal to stand down as leader after he received a vote of no confidence from UKIP's National Executive Committee the previous day.[9]

Kurten resumed his role as UKIP Spokesman for Education when Gerard Batten took over as Leader in February 2018.[citation needed]

Kurten unsuccessfully stood as UKIP's candidate in the Lewisham East by-election on 14 June 2018,[10] getting 380 votes (1.7%) and coming 6th.[11]

Kurten has been characterised[by whom?] as being on the social conservative faction of the United Kingdom Independence Party.[citation needed]

In December 2018, he resigned from his position as UKIP's Education Spokesman on account of leader Gerard Batten's appointment of Tommy Robinson as advisor.[12]


  1. ^ "Results 2016". London Elects. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "London Mayoral Election 2016: Labour dominate vote". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ ‘KURTEN, David Michael’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  4. ^ Kurten, David (18 October 2016). "I am pleased to announce my intention to stand in the UKIP leadership election". Twitter. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ "An anti-Islam campaigner vies to lead Britain's populist right-wing party". The Economist. 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ "UKIP leadership hopefuls includes 3 LGBT people and 2 anti-LGBT candidates". Pink News. 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ "UKIP leadership candidate sparks backlash by suggesting gay people were more likely to be abused as kids". Mirror. 9 August 2017.
  8. ^ "David Kurten AM appointed as Education and Apprenticeships Spokesman". UKIP. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ Maidment, Jack (22 January 2018). "Henry Bolton under intense pressure to quit as Ukip leader after eight senior figures resign from frontbench roles". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ @GerardBattenMEP (14 May 2018). "I am very pleased that David Kurten AM has been selected as the UKIP candidate for the Lewisham East By-Election on 14th June" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Labour hold Lewisham East in by-election". BBC News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.davidkurten.net/

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