UKIP Frontbench Team

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The UK Independence Party (UKIP) is a political party in the United Kingdom. The front bench team is divided into departmental sub-units, the principal ones being the economy, foreign policy and immigration. Sometimes the front bench team consists of more than just the principal positions.

Braine front bench team August-October 2019[edit]

Richard Braine, elected leader 10 August 2019, was suspended from the party on 12 October 2019 and resigned as leader on 30 October 2019; he was yet to announce his full front bench team. After Paul Oakley's resignation as General Secretary, Braine appointed Jeff Armstrong. Armstrong was suspended from the party, along with Braine, over allegations of data theft.[1] On 27 October 2019, Lord Pearson of Rannoch resigned from UKIP to sit as a non-affiliated life peer, leaving the party with no representatives in the House of Lords.[2]

Department Spokesperson
Leader Richard Braine

(disputed from 12 October 2019; resigned 30 October 2019)

Deputy Leader Vacant
Chairman Kirstan Herriot
Deputy Chairman Vacant
General Secretary Jeff Armstrong (disputed from October 2019)
Treasurer Mark Harland
Leader of UKIP in Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader of UKIP in Scotland Donald MacKay
Leader of UKIP in Northern Ireland Robert Hill
Leader of UKIP in the House of Lords Lord Pearson of Rannoch

Position abolished (from 27 October 2019)

Leader of UKIP in the Welsh Assembly Gareth Bennett AM
Small Business Ernie Warrender

Batten front bench team 2018-2019[edit]

Gerard Batten was appointed UKIP's interim leader on 17 February 2018 and announced his front bench team in March 2018. He was elected unopposed as UKIP's leader on 14 April 2018, and promised to serve for a 12-month period. By the end of his term there had been some changes, particularly resignations towards the end of the year. Some posts remained vacant after members left the party or at least the post in question.

Department Spokesperson
Leader Gerard Batten
Deputy Leader Mike Hookem MEP (Until 24 May 2019)
Vacant (From 24 May 2019)
Veterans Affairs, Fisheries Mike Hookem MEP
Chairman Tony McIntyre (Until 7 October 2018)
Kirstan Herriot (From 7 October 2018)
Deputy Chairman, Home Affairs Margot Parker MEP (Until 15 April 2019)
Vacant (From 15 April 2019)
General Secretary Paul Oakley
Treasurer Sebastian Fairweather [3]
Leader of UKIP in Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader of UKIP in Scotland Donald MacKay
Spokesman for Northern Ireland Robert Hill [4]
Families and Children Alan Craig
Education David Kurten AM (until 5 December 2018)

Vacant (from 5 December 2018)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Ray Finch MEP (until 17 April 2019)
Vacant (from 17 April 2019)
Defence Ray Finch MEP (until 17 April 2019)
Mike Hookem (from 17 April 2019)
Exiting the European Union, Leader in the European Parliament Gerard Batten MEP
Energy vacant
Health and Social Care vacant
Transport Stephen Lee
Agriculture and Rural Affairs Stuart Agnew MEP
Business, Trade & Industrial Strategy Christopher Mills
Small Business Ernie Warrender
Work and Pensions Andrew Charalambous

Bolton front bench team 2017-2018[edit]

Henry Bolton, elected leader 29 September 2017, announced his front bench on 18 October 2017.[5] Following revelations about Henry Bolton's affair with a woman accused of racism a number of his spokespeople resigned.[6]

Department Spokesperson
Leader Henry Bolton
Chairman Paul Oakden
Deputy Chair William Dartmouth MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Deputy Leader Margot Parker MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Assistant Deputy Leader James Carver MEP
Assistant Deputy Leader Mike Hookem MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Leader in the European Parliament Ray Finch MEP
Leader in the Assembly for Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader in the London Assembly Peter Whittle (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Treasury Jonathan Arnott MEP (Until 19 January 2018)
vacant (From 19 January 2018)[7]
Leader of UKIP in Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader of UKIP in Scotland David Coburn MEP
Home Affairs Richard Bingley
Justice vacant[6]
Immigration vacant[6]
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Ray Finch MEP
Exiting the European Union vacant[6]
Defence Henry Bolton
International Development vacant[6]
Veterans Affairs Mike Hookem MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Christopher Mills
Small Business Ernie Warrender
International Trade vacant[6]
Education David Kurten (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Work and Pensions Andrew Charalambous
Welfare and Social Policy David Sprason (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Energy and Climate Change vacant[6]
Health and Social Care Dr Julia Reid MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Transport Jill Seymour MEP
Women and Equalities vacant[6]
Housing, Communities and Local Government vacant[6]
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Dr Julia Reid MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Agriculture Stuart Agnew MEP
Fisheries Mike Hookem MEP (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Digital, Culture, Media and Sport David Meacock (Until 22 January 2018)
vacant (From 22 January 2018)[6]
Electoral Reform David Allen

Nuttall and Crowther front bench team 2016-2017[edit]

Paul Nuttall formed his front bench team following his election as leader. This was following a period of turmoil in the party which resulted in former migration spokesman Steven Woolfe and leader-elect Diane James leaving UKIP to sit as independents in the European Parliament. The position of deputy leader was given to Peter Whittle. Nuttall resigned following a poor election campaign, and was succeeded in an acting capacity by Steve Crowther.

Department Spokesperson
Chairman Paul Oakden
Co-deputy Chairwoman Suzanne Evans
Co-deputy Chairman William Dartmouth
Leader Paul Nuttall
Steve Crowther (acting)
Deputy Leader Peter Whittle AM
Leader in the European Parliament Ray Finch MEP
Leader in the Assembly for Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader in the London Assembly Peter Whittle AM
General Secretary Jonathan Arnott MEP
Key Seats co-ordinator Cllr. Tim Aker MEP
Treasurer John Bickley
Head of Policy Suzanne Evans
Head of UKIP Wales Neil Hamilton
Head of UKIP Scotland David Coburn MEP
Head of UKIP Northern Ireland Regional committee
Economy Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn 2017

Mark Reckless 2016-2017

Home Affairs and Justice Spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP
Immigration Spokesman John Bickley
Constitutional Affairs Spokesman Jonathan Arnott MEP 2016-2017
Foreign and Commonwealth Spokesman James Carver MEP 2016-2017

Ray Finch MEP

Defence Spokesman Cllr. Bill Etheridge MEP
Veterans Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP
Education and Apprenticeships Spokesman David Kurten AM
Brexit Spokesman Gerard Batten MEP
International Trade Spokesman William Dartmouth
Business Spokesman Christopher Mills
Small Business Spokesman Ernie Warrender
Energy Spokesman Roger Helmer
Health Spokeswoman Suzanne Evans
Disability Spokeswoman Star Anderton
Work and Pensions Spokesman Andrew Charalambous
Welfare and Social Policy Spokesman David Sprason
Transportation Spokeswoman Jill Seymour MEP
Equalities and Womens Issues Spokeswoman Margot Parker MEP
Justice Spokesman Peter Jewell
Local Government Spokesman Cllr. Peter Reeve
Housing Spokesman Ray Finch MEP
Environment Spokeswoman Dr. Julia Reid MEP
Agriculture Spokesman Stuart Agnew MEP
Fisheries Spokesman Mike Hookem MEP
Special Assistant to the leader Roger Bird[8]
Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle AM
Media and Sport Spokesman Patrick O'Flynn MEP 2016-2017
Tourism Spokeswoman Cllr. Victoria Ayling 2016-2017

Jonathan Bullock MEP

Foreign Aid Spokeswoman Cllr. Lisa Duffy
Party Policy Committee Suzanne Evans
  • Mark Reckless left the party in April 2017, meaning his position as Economy Spokesman went to Patrick O'Flynn AM.
  • James Carver resigned from his position as Foreign Affairs Spokesman due to the policy differences over Islamic integration.
  • Paul Nuttall announced his resignation as leader following disappointing election results.
  • Jonathan Arnott left his role following the poor general election result.
  • Victoria Ayling resigned from her role as tourism spokeswoman following the resignation of Paul Nuttall, she also quit the party.
  • Suzanne Evans announced she was taking a break from politics due to health issues.
  • Patrick O'Flynn announced his resignation on 27 July due policy differences with leadership candidates.

Farage and James front bench team 2014-2016[edit]

This was the front bench team of Nigel Farage from June 2014 till September 2016, briefly that of Diane James from September to October 2016, and Farage again in an acting capacity from October to November 2016.

Name Portfolio
Paul Oakden Chairman of UKIP
Diane James Deputy Chair of UKIP

Home Affairs and Justice

Nigel Farage
Diane James (elect)
Leader of UKIP
Paul Nuttall Deputy leader of UKIP

Education, Life Skills and Training

Lord Pearson Leader of UKIP in the House of Lords
William Dartmouth Deputy Chair of UKIP

Trade Spokesperson

Mark Reckless Economics Spokesperson

Head of UKIP Policy

James Carver Commonwealth Spokesperson
Mike Hookem Defence Spokesperson
Margot Parker Small Business Spokesperson
Jane Collins Employment Spokesperson
Star Anderton Disability Spokesperson
Louise Bours Health Spokesperon
Roger Helmer Energy Spokesperson
Stuart Agnew Agriculture Spokesperson
Ray Finch Fisheries Spokesperson
Julia Reid Science Spokesperson
Jill Seymour Transport Spokesperson
Steven Woolfe Immigration Spokesperson
Jonathan Arnott EU Budget Spokesperson
Nathan Gill International Development Spokesperson

Leader of UKIP Wales

David McNarry Leader of UKIP Northern Ireland
David Coburn Leader of UKIP Scotland
Peter Whittle Leader of UKIP in the London Assembly

Culture and Communities Spokesperson

Andrew Charalambous Housing and Environment Spokesperson
Peter Reeve Local Government Spokesperson

References[edit]

  1. ^ "UKIP leader suspended over data theft allegations". 21 October 2019. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  2. ^ PoliticsHome.com (4 November 2019). "New appointments this week in UK politics, the civil service and public affairs". PoliticsHome.com. Retrieved 10 November 2019.
  3. ^ http://www.ukip.org/people_key. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ https://ukipnorthernireland.uk/archives/972. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Evans, Vivian (18 October 2017). "Henry Bolton announces his new team". UKIP Daily. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t Walker, Pete (22 January 2018). "Ukip leader under more pressure to step down as top party figures quit". the Guardian. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  7. ^ "UKIP loses another MEP as Jonathan Arnott quits party". BBC News. 19 January 2018. Retrieved 18 February 2018.
  8. ^ UKIP [@UKIP] (7 January 2017). "Roger Bird appointed as Special Assistant to UKIP Leader" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 February 2018 – via Twitter.