UK Independence Party leadership election, 2010

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UK Independence Party leadership election, 2010
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  Nigel Farage MEP 1, Strasbourg - Diliff.jpg TimPicture.jpeg
Candidate Nigel Farage Tim Congdon
Popular vote 6,085 2,037
Percentage 60.5% 20.2%

  Campbell Bannerman, David-1700.jpg Winstonmckenzie.jpg
Candidate David Campbell Bannerman Winston McKenzie
Popular vote 1,404 530
Percentage 14.0% 5.3%

Leader before election

Jeffrey Titford (acting);
Previously Lord Pearson

Elected Leader

Nigel Farage

The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leadership election of 2010 was triggered on 17 August 2010 with the resignation of the incumbent leader, Lord Pearson of Rannoch, following difficulties during the 2010 general election campaign,[1] with the result announced on 5 November 2010.[2][3] Lord Pearson of Rannoch had been leader of the party since the previous leadership election, less than a year earlier. Jeffrey Titford was appointed interim leader during the summer by the UKIP National Executive Committee. Nigel Farage won the election with over 60% of the vote.


All candidates required support from 51 members of UKIP in order to appear on the ballot.[4] The following candidates were confirmed as standing in the election:

MEP Nikki Sinclaire originally announced she had hoped to stand for the leadership, as did MEP Godfrey Bloom who stated he would stand if Nigel Farage decided not to do so.[4] Gerard Batten initially intended to stand, but withdrew and gave his support to Congdon.[5] Lord Monckton also was considering standing but decided not to run.


Nigel Farage won with 60.5% of the vote.[6][7]

UK Independence Party Leadership election, 2010
Candidate Votes %
Green tickY Nigel Farage 6,085
Tim Congdon 2,037
David Campbell Bannerman 1,404
Winston McKenzie 530
Turnout 10,056 65.1%
Nigel Farage elected as Leader Green tickY


  1. ^ a b "UKIP leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch standing down". BBC News. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Four men to fight it out for UKIP leadership". BBC News. 27 September 2010.
  3. ^ a b "Ex-leader Nigel Farage to contest UKIP election". BBC News. 3 September 2010. Retrieved 3 September 2010.
  4. ^ a b Ross Hawkins, "UKIP considers leadership hopefuls", BBC News, 3 September 2010
  5. ^ a b c "Four men to fight it out for UKIP leadership". BBC News. 27 September 2010. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 24, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2013.
  7. ^ "UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY (UKIP) LEADERSHIP ELECTIONS 2002-2016". Tom Quinn, Senior Lecturer in Government, University of Essex.

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