David Kurten
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David Kurten

David Kurten

David Kurten in London City Hall.jpg
Kurten at City Hall in 2018
UKIP Spokesperson for Education

30 November 2016 - 5 December 2018
LeaderPaul Nuttall
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Paul Nuttall
Member of the London Assembly
as the 11th Additional Member

6 May 2016
Murad Qureshi
Personal details
Born (1971-03-22) 22 March 1971 (age 48)
Littlehampton, Sussex, England
Political partyUK Independence Party
Other political
Brexit Alliance
Alma materUniversity of St Andrews
University of Bath
University of Southampton

David Michael Kurten AM (born 22 March 1971) is a British politician and former teacher who has been a UK Independence Party (UKIP) member of the London Assembly since the 2016 London Assembly election. He characterises himself as a social conservative.[1]

Early life

Born to a British mother and Jamaican father, Kurten graduated with a first-class BSc in Chemistry from the University of St Andrews in 1993, a PGCE from the University of Bath in 1995, and completed a MRes in Chemistry at the University of Southampton in 1998.[2]

Before entering politics, Kurten had taught the subject for over 15 years in both private and state schools in the UK, Bermuda, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana and the USA.[3]

Political career

Kurten was second on the UK Independence Party additional member list in the 2016 London Assembly election and succeeded in being elected to the London Assembly.[4][5]

In October 2016, Kurten announced his intention to stand for UKIP leader following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days.[6] However, he withdrew from the contest and joined fellow London Assembly Member Peter Whittle in endorsing Paul Nuttall.[7] Following the contest, Nuttall appointed Kurten as UKIP Education spokesperson on 30 November 2016.[8]

Kurten was seen as a front-runner to lead the party in the 2017 UKIP leadership election.[9] When Henry Bolton was elected as leader in October 2017, Kurten finished in third place.

Kurten stepped down from the UKIP frontbench on 22 January 2018 in protest at Bolton's refusal to stand down as leader after he received a vote of no confidence from UKIP's National Executive Committee the previous day.[10] He returned after Gerard Batten became leader on 14 April.

In the May 2018 local elections, Kurten contested his local Sidcup ward in the London Borough of Bexley but he failed to be elected.[11] He then unsuccessfully stood as UKIP's candidate in the Lewisham East by-election on 14 June 2018,[12] getting 380 votes (1.7%) and coming sixth.[13]

In December 2018, Kurten again resigned from the UKIP frontbench, this time on account of the anti-Islam direction of UKIP under the party's then-leader Gerard Batten, most significantly Batten's appointment of far-right activist Tommy Robinson as an "advisor".[14] He remained a member of the party, but disbanded the UKIP group on the London Assembly forming the Brexit Alliance group with Peter Whittle, who had resigned his UKIP membership altogether following Robinson's appointment.[15]

In October 2019, Kurten announced his intention to stand as a UKIP candidate in the constituency of Bognor Regis and Littlehampton in the 2019 general election after the Brexit Party announced they would not be contesting seats won by the Conservative Party in the 2017 election.[16]


  1. ^ David Kurten - Social Conservatism, YouTube, retrieved 2019
  2. ^ 'KURTEN, David Michael', Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  3. ^ 22: David Kurten on why he joined UKIP and the party's role in Britain's future, retrieved 2019
  4. ^ "Results 2016". London Elects. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "London Mayoral Election 2016: Labour dominate vote". BBC News. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Kurten, David (18 October 2016). "I am pleased to announce my intention to stand in the UKIP leadership election". Twitter. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ Bloom, Dan (28 November 2016). "Who will be the next Ukip leader and who dropped out?". mirror. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "David Kurten AM appointed as Education and Apprenticeships Spokesman". UKIP. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 2018.
  9. ^ "An anti-Islam campaigner vies to lead Britain's populist right-wing party". The Economist. 17 August 2018.
  10. ^ Maidment, Jack (22 January 2018). "Henry Bolton under intense pressure to quit as Ukip leader after eight senior figures resign from frontbench roles". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2018.
  11. ^ "2018 Election Results for Sidcup". democracy.bexley.gov.uk. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ @GerardBattenMEP (14 May 2018). "I am very pleased that David Kurten AM has been selected as the UKIP candidate for the Lewisham East By-Election on 14th June" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ "Labour hold Lewisham East in by-election". BBC News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ "David Kurten". David Kurten.
  15. ^ "Ukip London Assembly members form new Brexit Alliance group". Evening Standard. 13 December 2018. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Kurten, David (12 November 2019). "I am delighted to announce: I will be standing in the general election for @UKIP in Bognor Regis and Littlehampton. I will be the only Brexiteer standing against a Tory Remainer". @davidkurten. Retrieved 2019.

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