Gerard Batten - UK Independence Party
2:18pm Tuesday 5th February 2008 in News
A founding member of the UK Independence Party, Gerard Batten has also represented London in the European Parliament since June 2004.
Born in Harold Hill, Essex 1954, he has lived in London all his life and worked as a salesman with BT for almost 30 years.
He joined the Anti-Federalist League in March 1992 and became the first UKIP Party Secretary in 1994. He has also served as a member of UKIP's National Executive Committee for two terms.
He is a member of the European Parliament's Security and Defence Committee, and is UKIP's spokesman on security and defence issues.As an MEP he has written pamphlets on a variety of subjects, including immigration.
He has also published a study, How Much Does the EU Cost Britain, in which his figures claim that membership of the European Union cost Britain in the region of £50bn per year.
Batten has pledged to provide "radical" solutions to the capital's social and economic problems. "I have become increasingly dismayed over the last few years at the declining quality of life presided over by the unreconstructed socialist Ken Livingstone, presiding over an administration that reeks of corruption," he says.
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