Mike Hookem

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Mike Hookem
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Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party
Assumed office
27 February 2018
Leader Gerard Batten
Preceded by Margot Parker
UKIP Spokesperson for Fisheries
Assumed office
29 November 2016[a]
Leader Paul Nuttall
Steve Crowther[1] (Acting)
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Preceded by Ray Finch
UKIP Defence Spokesperson
In office
24 July 2014 – 29 November 2016
Leader Nigel Farage
Diane James
Nigel Farage (Acting)
Preceded by Gerard Batten
Succeeded by Bill Etheridge
Member of the European Parliament
for Yorkshire and the Humber
Assumed office
1 July 2014
Preceded by Rebecca Taylor
Personal details
Born Michael Hookem
(1953-10-09) 9 October 1953 (age 65)
Kingston upon Hull, England
Political party UK Independence Party (2008–present)
Other political
Labour Party (1982–2008)
Alma mater a. ^ Hookem briefly resigned as Fisheries spokesman in January 2018 citing opposition to the leadership of Henry Bolton. Following Bolton's removal by the party in February 2018, Hookem reassumed the fisheries brief.[2]

Michael Hookem (born 9 October 1953) is a Member of the European Parliament for the Yorkshire and the Humber region for the UK Independence Party (UKIP). He has served as UKIP's Deputy Leader under Gerard Batten since 2018, as well as the party's Fisheries spokesman since 2016,[3] and previously served as defence spokesman from 2014 to 2016.[4] He was elected in 2014.[5]

Early life

Hookem grew up in the fishing community in the east of Hull, and left school at 15. His father worked on the docks.[6] Hookem enlisted in the Royal Air Force at the age of 17, and served for four years.[6]

After working in various trades he rejoined the military, serving in the Royal Engineers as a TA Commando Engineer for nine years.[6]

UKIP politics

Hookem voted for the Labour Party until he became disillusioned with what he considered "a criminal Labour government".[6] In response to his disillusionment with Labour, Hookem joined UKIP in 2008, after having for years been a Labour member.[6]

He stood as UKIP candidate in Hull East in the 2010 general election, and finished fourth with 2,745 votes (8%).

Hookem was elected in 2014 to the European Parliament.[5] He had served as UKIP's regional chairman for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire until that election. He was replaced as chairman by Judith Morris from July 2014.

He was the running-mate for Bill Etheridge in the first UKIP leadership election of 2016, which ended on 16 September 2016, with Etheridge and Hookem finishing third.

On 6 October 2016, Hookem was reported to have been involved in a fight with fellow UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe during a UKIP meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.[6][7][8] Hookem said he had not punched Woolfe, but did admit to a "scuffle" with him and that he acted in self-defence.[9][10] The altercation was an outgrowth of a party meeting to discuss news reports that Woolfe was in talks about defecting to the Conservative Party.[10] Hookem said Woolfe "took exception" to his comment about Woolfe turning his leadership application paperwork late.[10] Hookem was asked if he would accept a suspension and Hookem said: "If they suspend me, yes. By our rules if they suspend me they have to suspend Steven Woolfe".[10]

Hookem stood as UKIP's candidate for Great Grimsby in the 2017 general election, finishing third with 1,647 votes (4.6%), thus 128 votes short of keeping his deposit.

Hookem resigned his position as UKIP's deputy whip in August 2017, in protest at the party's decision to allow Anne Marie Waters, founder of the anti-Muslim pressure group Sharia Watch UK, to stand as a candidate in the party's upcoming leadership election.[11] Speaking to the BBC, he explained that was "disturbed" by party whip Stuart Agnew's support for Waters, he was not prepared to "turn a blind eye" to extremism and he believed "she should not be in the party and she should not be standing as a candidate." He confirmed that he would not quit the party should Waters be elected, but he would not support her.[12] Following the election of Henry Bolton as leader of UKIP, Hookem was appointed assistant deputy leader as well as UKIP spokesman on fisheries and on veterans issues.[13] He stood down as the party's assistant deputy leader on 22 January 2018 after Bolton refused to resign as leader following a vote of no confidence in him from UKIP's National Executive Committee the previous day.[14]

Elections contested

UK Parliament

Date of election Constituency Party Votes %
2010 general election Hull, East UKIP 2,745 8.0[15]
2015 general election Wentworth and Dearne UKIP 10,733 24.9
2017 general election Great Grimsby UKIP 1,648 4.6

European Parliament elections

Year Region Party Votes % Result Notes
2014 Yorkshire and the Humber UKIP 403,630 31.1 Elected Multi member constituencies; party list


  1. ^ Steve Crowther (statement). "UKIP-Interim leader selected". UKIP-News and Media.
  2. ^ "May has now set out how she will betray the UK fishing industry!". UKIP. 2 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Paul Nuttall builds up UKIP's top team". BBC News. 29 November 2016. Retrieved 29 November 2016.
  4. ^ Allegretti, Aubrey; Waugh, Paul (6 October 2016). "Steven Woolfe Recovering In Hospital After Altercation At Ukip MEPs Meeting". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Mike HOOKEM". European Parliament. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Booth, Robert (6 October 2016). "Mike Hookem: a 'working-class lad' who turned to Ukip". The Guardian. Kings Place, London. Retrieved 9 October 2016. A Labour voter most of his life, Mike Hookem joined Ukip in 2008 and recently became its defence spokesman. His father worked filleting fish on the Humberside docks and Hookem left school at 15, working in low-paid jobs before joining the Royal Air Force at 17. He left after four years but later rejoined the armed forces as commando engineer in the Royal Engineers. He has also worked as a bus and lorry driver, a carpenter and a joiner.
  7. ^ Watts, Joe (6 October 2016). "Steven Woolfe collapse: Ukip leadership favourite in 'serious condition' after altercation at European Parliament". The Independent. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  8. ^ "UKIP's Steven Woolfe in hospital 'after altercation'". BBC News. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  9. ^ "UKIP MEP Mike Hookem denies assaulting Steven Woolfe". BBC News. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b c d "Mike Hookem: 'I acted in self-defence'". ITV. London. 7 October 2016. Retrieved 10 October 2016.
  11. ^ Slawson, Nicola (12 August 2017). "Ukip deputy whip quits over anti-Islam views of leadership candidate". The Guardian.
  12. ^ "UKIP's Mike Hookem quits role over Anne Marie Waters leadership bid". BBC News. 12 August 2017.
  13. ^ Walker, Peter (18 October 2017). "New Ukip leader Henry Bolton reveals frontbench lineup". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 October 2017.
  14. ^ Kentish, Benjamin (22 January 2018). "Mike Hookem: Ukip assistant deputy leader steps down after Henry Bolton refuses to resign". The Independent. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  15. ^ "Hull East". BBC News. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

External links

  • Official website
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