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Michael Holmes is a former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) and MEP for South West England.[1] He was educated at Sevenoaks School.[citation needed]

Michael Holmes
Leader of the UK Independence Party
In office
July 1997 – 22 January 2000
DeputyCraig Mackinlay
Graham Booth
Preceded byCraig Mackinlay
Succeeded byJeffrey Titford
Member of the European Parliament
for South West England
In office
15 July 1999 – 15 December 2002
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded byGraham Booth
Personal details
BornUnited Kingdom
Political partyUK Independence Party (until 2000)

At the 1997 general election, Holmes unsuccessfully contested the New Forest West constituency. Later that year he was elected leader of UKIP. In 1999 he and two other UKIP candidates were elected to the European Parliament. The following year, he stepped down from the leadership as a result of a power struggle with UKIP's National Executive Committee.[2] He left the party, but continued to sit as an independent MEP until 2002. He then resigned as an MEP and was replaced by Graham Booth, who had been the next candidate on the UKIP party list for South West England.


  1. ^ "Former UKIP leader quits party". BBC News. 21 March 2000. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006.
  2. ^ "UKIP votes leaders out". BBC News. 22 January 2000. Archived from the original on 16 November 2006.
Party political offices
Preceded by
Craig Mackinlay
Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party
Succeeded by
Jeffrey Titford