Kurten in 2017
|UKIP Spokesperson for Education|
30 November 2016 – 5 December 2018
|Preceded by||Paul Nuttall|
|Member of the London Assembly|
as the 11th Additional Member
|Assumed office |
6 May 2016
|Preceded by||Murad Qureshi|
|Born||22 March 1971|
Littlehampton, Sussex, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party|
|Alma mater||University of St Andrews|
University of Bath
University of Southampton
Born to a white mother and black father, he 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.
In October 2016, Kurten announced his intention to stand for UKIP leader following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days. He was seen as a front-runner to lead the party in 2017. Kurten said in August 2017 during the leadership campaign that he opposes same-sex marriage. Kurten faced criticism when he claimed that gay people are more likely to be abused as children. Peter Whittle retorted: "This is so wrong on every level. Neither I, nor any of the gay friends and colleagues I have known over 35 years, were sexually abused."
When Henry Bolton was elected as leader in October 2017, Kurten finished in third place. Appointed as Education spokesman on 30 November 2016, Kurten resigned from this role on 22 January 2018 following 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.
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