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Gerard Batten

Gerard Joseph Batten is a Member of the European Parliament for London for the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). He was first elected in 2004. He sits as a member of the Independence and Democracy Group.
He was a founder member of UKIP in September 1993. He was the first Party Secretary from 1994 to 1997. He has fought local elections, a by-election, a European election, and two general elections as a UKIP candidate. As well as his seat in the European Parliament he is a member of UKIP's National Executive Committee.
Batten was appointed a member of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence in July 2004, and shortly afterwards was also appointed UKIP's official spokesman on Security and Defence. In this role, he has attacked the Labour government's plans to introduce Identity Cards.
Before becoming an MEP he was a salesman for British Telecom for 28 years.
At the 2007 UK Independence Party conference, he was selected as the party's candidate to contest the London mayoral election, 2008.
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EU flag flying sparks controversy in Barking and Dagenham
2014-07-08
Ukip MEP Gerard Batten, who spotted the flag during a recent visit to the borough, said: “It's an insult to the people of Barking and Dagenham. “I think it's an absolute outrage that the council should fly a foreign flag – which is what it is. We ...
(Barking and Dagenham Post)

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    Exclusive: Half-empty planes used to fly illegal immigrants home cost ...
    2014-06-03
    Dia Chakravarty, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: “This is a joke – but taxpayers footing the bill won't be laughing. It's ludicrous that countries refuse to take back their citizens. Our diplomats need to do better in challenging these rules.” Euro ...
    (Express.co.uk)
    1. Illegal Immigrants Flying Home on Half-Empty Planes at Taxpayer Expense

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    Un eurodiputado del UKIP defiende que los homosexuales de su partido no ...
    2014-06-01
    Jun Un eurodiputado del UKIP defiende que los homosexuales de su partido no apoyan el matrimonio igualitario Por Alexander Rodríguez Gerard Batten, diputado del Partido de la Independencia del Reino Unido (UKIP) en el Parlamento Europeo, ...
    (Universo Gay)
    1. El ascenso de la extrema derecha en Europa, en clave LGTB

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    Harrow Ukip chairman complains of 'ethnic cleansing' and 'lack of white faces ...
    2014-05-28
    The claims were made after he had attended a meeting with newly re-elected Ukip MEP Gerard Batten, who was the party's only candidate to win in London's European polls last week. Addressing MP for Ilford South, Mike Gapes, Mr Zeid tweeted: "Having just ...
    (Evening Standard)
    1. Ukip branch chairman: 'London is being ethnically cleansed of white people'
    2. London 'ethnically cleansed' of white people says Ukip candidate
    3. Ukip chairman tweets MP Mike Gapes saying he is worried about the “almost ...

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    European elections 2014: Labour rejoices at London victory
    2014-05-26
    Lucy Anderson, Seb Dance, Mary Honeyball and Claude Moraes are London's four Labour MEPs. The two Conservative MEPs are Syed Kamall and Charles Tannock, Gerard Batten is UKIP's MEP and Jean Lambert retained her Green Party seat.
    (Newham Recorder)
    1. Labour rejoices at European elections success in London

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    Ukip's Gerard Batten blames 'extreme left' for attack on his home at Dagenham ...
    2014-05-15
    In an earlier statement, Mr Batten said the incident was the latest in a series of recent attempts to intimidate the party. He said: “We have seen Ukip premises vandalised, billboards destroyed and elected representatives, campaigners and activists ...
    (Barking and Dagenham Post)

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      Ukip's Gerard Batten blames 'extreme left' for attack on his home at Dagenham ...
      2014-05-15
      At the time Mr Batten, 60, who ran in the Barking by-election against Margaret Hodge back in 1994, was at home with his wife and two grown-up sons. He said the impact had been enough to smash through his double-glazed window and had left a ...
      (Barking and Dagenham Post)
      1. Brick thrown through window of Ukip MEP's home in east London

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      UKIP MEP Gerard Batten gets brick through window
      2014-05-14
      UKIP MEP Gerard Batten had a brick thrown through a window at his London home in the early hours of Tuesday. Mr Batten said he suspected it was part of an attempt by political opponents to intimidate UKIP candidates ahead of next Thursday's European ...
      (BBC News)
      1. Ukip's Gerard Batten blames “extreme left” for brick through window of his ...
      2. Ukip MEP Gerard Batten's home is targeted by vandals
      3. 'Extremist thugs' threw a brick at my home, says Ukip MEP Gerard Batten

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      10 good reasons not to vote for Ukip
      2014-04-29
      But what about fellow MEP Gerard Batten, who called for British Muslims to sign a special code of conduct promising not to engage in violent jihad. Farage said that wasn't party policy. But Batten's still there, Ukip MEP for multicultural London. And ...
      (The Guardian)

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