Batten with protesters outside parliament
|Member of the European Parliament
10 June 2004
|Preceded by||Lord Bethell|
27 March 1954 |
London, United Kingdom
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
|Residence||Forest Gate, London (private)|
He was a founding member of UKIP in September 1993. He was the first Party Secretary from 1994 to 1997. He has fought local elections, a by-election, a European election, and two general elections as a UKIP candidate. As well as his seat in the European Parliament he is a member of UKIP's National Executive Committee.
Batten was appointed a member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence in July 2004, and shortly afterwards was also appointed UKIP's official spokesman on Security and Defence. In this role, he has attacked the Labour government's plans to introduce Identity Cards. He has been a vocal opponent of the European Arrest Warrant.
Before becoming an MEP he was a salesman for British Telecom for 28 years. At the 2007 UK Independence Party conference, he was selected as the party's candidate to contest the London mayoral election, 2008. He stood in the 2009 UKIP leadership election, coming second.
In April 2006, Batten stated that a London constituent and former FSB agent, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, had been told that Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, had been the KGB's "man in Italy", demanding an inquiry into the allegations. Batten told the European Parliament that Litvinenko had been warned by FSB deputy chief General Anatoly Trofimov that there were numerous KGB agents among Italian politicians, and that "Romano Prodi is our man in Italy". According to the Brussels-based newspaper EU Reporter on 3 April 2006, "another high-level source, a former KGB operative in London, has confirmed the story." Among the most serious claims, by Batten's account, is that Prodi assisted in the protection of KGB operatives allegedly involved in the assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in 1981. The Guzzanti Commission, an Italian parliamentary commission, later concluded that KGB and GRU (Soviet military intelligence) did attempt to assassinate Pope John Paul II.
On 26 April 2006, Batten repeated his call for a parliamentary inquiry, stating that: "Former, senior members of the KGB are willing to testify in such an investigation, under the right conditions... It is not acceptable that this situation is unresolved, given the importance of Russia's relations with the European Union."
On 11 November 2006, Lt Col Litvinenko was admitted to hospital with suspected poisoning after eating at a London restaurant and died on 23 November 2006. The police later concluded he had been poisoned with polonium, a small dose of which is lethal. Anatoly Trofimov was assassinated by unknown gunmen in April 2005.
- "Notice of result" (PDF). Kingston Council. Retrieved 2010-03-04.
- UKIP opposition to identity cards
- "Interview: Mayoral candidate wants London free of the EU". Retrieved 2008-02-21.
- "UKIP leadership: Runners and riders", BBC News, 19 November 2009
- Donnelly, Cillian (3 April 2006). "Prodi Accused Of Being Former Soviet Agent". EU Reporter. Archived from the original on 2006-05-24. Retrieved 2006-11-21.
- "'Multiple attempts' on Litvinenko". BBC. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
- "Litvinenko footage emerges". ITV News. 22 January 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-01.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Gerard Batten.|
- Official website
- Profile on European Parliament website
- Islamic fundamentalism is incompatible with freedom and Western liberal democracy, by Gerard Batten, Freedom Today, November/December 2006
- Video Interview with Gerard Batten MEP Video Interview made on 16 February 2010