UK Independence Party leadership election, 2009

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UK Independence Party leadership election, 2009
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  Malcolm Pearson (Headshot).jpg Gerard Batten.jpg Nicole Sinclaire.JPG
Candidate Lord Pearson Gerard Batten Nikki Sinclaire
Popular vote 4,743 2,571 1,214
Percentage 47.7% 25.9% 12.2%

  Mike Nattrass.jpg
Candidate Mike Nattrass Alan Wood
Popular vote 1,092 315
Percentage 11.0% 3.2%

Leader before election

Nigel Farage

Elected Leader

Lord Pearson

The United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) held a leadership election in 2009, with ballots closing on 26 November.[1] The election was won by Malcolm Pearson, Baron Pearson of Rannoch.[2]

The Eurosceptic party had been led by Nigel Farage since he won the 2006 leadership election. He announced his resignation from the post in September 2009, stating that he wanted to devote more time to his campaign for a seat in the United Kingdom House of Commons.[3]


There were five candidates for the election.

Gerard Batten was a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and stood unsuccessfully in the London mayoral election, 2008. His main policies were to broaden the party's policies beyond Euroscepticism, and to focus on winning representation at Westminster.[4]

Mike Nattrass was also an MEP. His main policies were to focus on the upcoming general election, opposition to the Conservative Party, and to reject a merger with similar parties elsewhere in Europe.[4]

Lord Pearson was a member of the House of Lords. Originally appointed as a Conservative Party peer, he joined UKIP in 2007. His main policies included a focus on direct democracy and on opposition to Islamism.[4] He had the support of Farage, who declared that Pearson was the only "serious, credible" candidate.[5] He also had the support of the party's deputy leader, David Campbell-Bannerman, who had been expected to stand in the election. The Daily Telegraph declared in September that Pearson was the favourite to win the election.[6]

Nikki Sinclaire was another MEP. Her main policies were to professionalise the party, introducing a shadow cabinet, and to focus on communication through the media.[4]

Alan Wood was UKIP's nominating officer and a district councillor. His main policy was to focus on an alliance with other Eurosceptic parties, although not with the British National Party. He was also opposed to Pearson's policy of prioritising anti-Islamism.[4]


Pearson was elected, taking almost half of the votes cast.[2]

UK Independence Party leadership election, 2009
Candidate Votes %
Lord Pearson 4,743 47.7
Gerard Batten 2,571 25.9
Nikki Sinclaire 1,214 12.2
Mike Nattrass 1,092 11.0
Alan Wood 315 3.2
Turnout 9,935[7]


  1. ^ Farage accused of UKIP 'insult'", BBC News, 12 November 2009
  2. ^ a b "Lord Pearson elected leader of UK Independence Party", BBC News, 27 November 2009
  3. ^ "Farage to quit as leader of UKIP", BBC News, 4 September 2009
  4. ^ a b c d e "UKIP leadership: Runners and riders", BBC News, 19 November 2009
  5. ^ "Farage backs peer for UKIP leader", BBC News, 11 November 2008
  6. ^ Andrew Porter, "Former Tory peer favourite for Ukip leadership", Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2009
  7. ^ This figure includes only votes for the candidates, and does not include any spoilt or void ballots.