John Whittaker (UKIP politician)

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John Whittaker
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Chairman of the UK Independence Party
In office
27 September 2006 – 8 September 2008
Preceded by David Campbell Bannerman
Succeeded by Paul Nuttall
Member of the European Parliament
for North West England
In office
13 June 2004 – 4 June 2009
Preceded by Richard Fletcher-Vane
Succeeded by Paul Nuttall
Personal details
Born (1945-06-07) 7 June 1945 (age 68)
Oldham, Lancashire
Alma mater Queen Mary, University of London
University of Cape Town

Dr John Whittaker (born 7 June 1945 in Oldham, Lancashire) is a former Member of the European Parliament for the North West England region, for the United Kingdom Independence Party.

He was educated at Queen Mary, University of London (BSc Physics, 1966) and the University of Cape Town (PhD Physics, 1980; BA Economics, 1982). He is a senior lecturer in economics at Lancaster University. His main research and teaching interests are in monetary policy and macroeconomics [1], and recently he has taken a particular interest in the problems associated with the single currency.

Whittaker was the UKIP's lead candidate in the North West for the European Parliament elections in 1999. Though UKIP gained 6.5% of the vote in the region, he fell short of being elected by about 0.5 percent. However, in 2004 he was more successful, being one of 12 UKIP candidates to win a European seat in the big UKIP breakthrough of that year.

He contested the 2005 general election for the constituencies of Ashton under Lyne, Crosby, Heywood and Middleton, Hyndburn, Manchester Central, Rochdale, Stalybridge and Hyde and Wigan.

In 2005 Whittaker became UKIP's official spokesman on Economic and Monetary Affairs. In September 2006, following the election of Nigel Farage as leader of UKIP, Whittaker was appointed party chairman.

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Party political offices
Preceded by
David Campbell-Bannerman
Chairman of the UK Independence Party
2007–2008
Succeeded by
Paul Nuttall
Preceded by
Richard Fletcher-Vane
Member of the European Parliament
for North West England

2004–2009
Succeeded by
Paul Nuttall







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