Tim Aker

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Tim Aker
Member of the European Parliament
for the East of England
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Andrew Duff
Personal details
Born (1985-05-23) 23 May 1985 (age 30)
Orsett, England
Political party UK Independence Party
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Tim Mark Aker (born 23 May 1985) is a British politician and a Member of the European Parliament for the East of England region for the UK Independence Party. He was elected in 2014. He was head of UKIP's Policy Unit from August 2013 to January 2015, and was UKIP's candidate for the Thurrock constituency in the 2015 general election, coming third in a close 3-way election.

Early life[edit]

Aker was born in Orsett and grew up in Aveley.[1] He attended Havering Sixth Form College.[2] He went on to study at the University of Nottingham. He graduated with a BA in History and Politics.[3]

He was previously campaign director for Get Britain Out and a coordinator for the TaxPayers' Alliance.

Aker is half-Turkish, his father emigrated from Turkey.[4]

Political career[edit]

Referred to by The Spectator[5] as one of UKIP's most recognisable figures, Aker will stand in the constituency of Thurrock in the next general election. On 20 January 2015, Aker quit as UKIP's Head of Policy, with some press reporting that he was sacked for failing to complete the party's manifesto on time,[6] a claim which the party denied.[7]

Elections contested[edit]

European Parliament elections (Multi-member constituency; party list)

Date of election Region Party Votes Percentage of votes Result
2014 European election East of England UKIP 542,812 34.5 Elected

Thurrock Borough Council By-Election (Single-member ward)

Date of election Ward Party Votes Percentage of votes Result
2014 Thurrock Borough Council By-Election Aveley & Uplands UKIP 747[8] 40.9 Elected