David Campbell Bannerman

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David Campbell Bannerman

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David Campbell Bannerman, 2014
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party
In office
27 September 2006 – 8 November 2010
Leader Nigel Farage
Preceded by Mike Nattrass
Succeeded by Paul Nuttall
Member of the European Parliament
for East of England
Assumed office
20 July 2009
Preceded by Tom Wise
Personal details
Born (1960-05-26) 26 May 1960 (age 58)
Bombay, India
Political party Conservative (1985–2004; 2011–present)
Other political
UK Independence Party (2004–2011)
Alma mater University of Edinburgh
University of Pennsylvania

David Campbell Bannerman MEP (born 28 May 1960 in Bombay, India) is a Conservative Member of the European Parliament for the East of England, having sat for the UK Independence Party until 24 May 2011.[1] He served as UKIP deputy leader from 2006 until 2010, when he was replaced by Paul Nuttall.

Before joining UKIP, he was a Conservative activist who came to prominence as Chairman of the Bow Group. He stood for Parliament as a Conservative at the 1997 election in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick and Leamington. Campbell Bannerman joined UKIP in 2004,[2] and was elected in 2009.

He has been a long-term critic of the European Union, and has had many roles in Pro-Brexit advocacy groups. In 2015, he became co-chairman of a new Eurosceptic pressure group, Conservatives for Britain. In 2016, he joined the political advisory board of Leave Means Leave.[3]

Early life

Campbell Bannerman is a distant relative of former Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman who led the Liberal Party to a landslide victory over the Conservatives in the 1906 General Election.[4]

Campbell Bannerman was educated at Bryanston School, the University of Edinburgh (MA, Economics and Politics) and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[5]


He started work as a trainee accountant with Binder Hamlyn before becoming an account executive with Allen, Brady & Marsh. After working for HDM he became Executive Director of Vantagepoint Communications. Between 1997 and 1999 he was Communications Director/External Affairs Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies, before becoming Head of Communications, United News & Media plc in 2000. Campbell Bannerman currently works for public relations firm Burson Marsteller

Political career

Conservatives: 1992-2004

Campbell Bannerman was a member of the Conservative Party, as a borough councillor in Royal Tunbridge Wells from 1992-1996. He was chairman of the Bow Group from 1993 to 1994 and Special Advisor to Sir Patrick Mayhew (then MP for Tunbridge Wells) from 1996 to 1997 while Sir Patrick was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.[5]

In 1997, he stood for the Conservatives in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick and Leamington where he obtained nearly 38% of the vote in second place.

UKIP: 2004-2011

After joining UKIP in 2004, Campbell Bannerman stood as that party's candidate for North Cornwall in the 2005 General Election and polled 3063 votes. He was appointed Party Chairman in December 2005, following the resignation of Petrina Holdsworth.

Outside party politics, has been a member of the London Safety Camera Partnership Project Board and was involved in the "Save Acton Mainline" Campaign.

In 2006, he stood for the leadership of the UK Independence Party, scoring third place with 1,443 votes, after Richard Suchorzewski who came a clear second. After that election, he was appointed Deputy Leader by Nigel Farage, who had won the election.

During the 2007 Scottish Parliament Elections, he stood as UKIP's Holyrood Regional List candidate for the Highlands and Islands. His campaign gained UKIP 1,287 votes (0.7%), down 0.5% from UKIP's 2003 campaign. In 2009, he was elected to the European Parliament after UKIP won 19.6% of the vote in the East of England region.

Bannerman was the main author of UKIP's 2010 election manifesto.[6] Following the resignation of UKIP leader Lord Pearson, in 2010 Campbell Bannerman announced his intention to stand for the leadership of UKIP for a second time,[7] but came third, behind Nigel Farage and Tim Congdon.

Conservative: 2011-present

Campbell Bannerman returned to the Conservative Party on 24 May 2011, and presently sits with the European Conservatives and Reformists group as a Conservative MEP in the European Parliament. Since 2014 he has served as chairman of the Parliament's delegation to Iraq. In July 2018, while commenting on media suggestions that British fighters for the Islamic State should be tried under treason laws, he additionally suggested that treason laws should cover British citizens with "extreme loyalty" to the European Union.[8] This comment led to widespread criticism, with Labour Party MP Virendra Sharma alleging that he was "suggesting putting the knife into free speech" and European Parliament Brexit representative Guy Verhofstadt calling his comments "insane".[9][10]


  1. ^ Crampton, Caroline (24 May 2011). "David Campbell Bannerman returns to the Tories". Total Politics. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  2. ^ "UKIP MEP Campbell Bannerman defects to Conservatives". BBC News. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  3. ^ "Co-Chairmen - Political Advisory Board - Supporters". Leave Means Leave.
  4. ^ "UKIP contender: David Campbell Bannerman". BBC News. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  5. ^ a b 'CAMPBELL BANNERMAN, David', in Who's Who 2011 (A. & C. Black, 2011)
  6. ^ "Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Wants Handguns To Be Legalised". Huffington Post. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  7. ^ "UKIP leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch standing down". BBC News. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  8. ^ https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/britons-who-show-extreme-eu-loyalty-should-be-tried-for-treason-demands-tory-mep_uk_5b58550ee4b0fd5c73ca6b7a
  9. ^ http://uk.businessinsider.com/conservative-mep-david-campbell-bannerman-british-people-eu-loyalty-tried-for-treason-brexit-2018-7?r=US&IR=T
  10. ^ https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/brexit-latest-guy-verhofstadt-eu-tory-mep-remainers-treason-david-campbell-bannerman-a8463476.html

External links

  • Official website
  • UKIP seeks legal advice on jibes
Party political offices
Preceded by
Petrina Holdsworth
Chairman of the UK Independence Party
Succeeded by
John Whittaker
Preceded by
Mike Nattrass
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party
(with Lord Monckton, 2010)

Succeeded by
Paul Nuttall
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