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 31)
Orsett, England
Political party Conservative Party (UK) 2005 UK Independence Party
Alma mater University of Nottingham

Councillor Timür '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 stood unsuccessfully in the constituency of Thurrock in the 2015 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

United Kingdom general elections (Single-member constituencies)

Date of election Region Party Votes Percentage of votes Result
2015 General Election Thurrock UKIP 15,718 31.7 Unelected

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


  1. ^ Neil Hawkins (2015-03-31). "ELECTION 2015: Thurrock". Echo-news.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  2. ^ Nezhati, Natalie (26 November 2014). "Ukip MEP Fails to Charm Young Voters". The Huffington Post UK. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  3. ^ "East England Euro Candidates 2014". UKPollingReport. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Watt, Nicolas (2 December 2014). "Tories resort to 'cheap tactics' by calling Ukip's Tim Aker by Turkish name Timür". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Read. "Mini Election: Tim Aker on Ukip's election strategy and winning in Thurrock". Blogs.spectator.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  6. ^ "Ukip sacks policy chief after he fails to deliver manifesto". The Times. 2015-01-20. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  7. ^ Association, Press (2015-01-20). "Ukip policy chief 'sacking' denied". Dailymail.co.uk. Retrieved 2016-07-15. 
  8. ^ https://www.thurrock.gov.uk/sites/default/files/assets/documents/election_20141204_result.pdf