David Michael Kurten AM (born 22 March 1971) is a British politician who has been a UK Independence Party (UKIP) Member of the London Assembly since the 2016 London Assembly election.[1][2]

David Kurten

David Kurten (38105907366) (cropped).jpg
Kurten in 2017
UKIP Spokesperson for Education
In office
30 November 2016 – 5 December 2018
LeaderPaul Nuttall
Henry Bolton
Gerard Batten
Preceded byPaul Nuttall
Succeeded byVacant
Member of the London Assembly
as the 11th Additional Member
Assumed office
6 May 2016
Preceded byMurad Qureshi
Personal details
Born (1971-03-22) 22 March 1971 (age 48)
Littlehampton, Sussex, England
Political partyUK Independence Party
Other political
Brexit Alliance
Alma materUniversity 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.[3]

In October 2016, Kurten announced his intention to stand for UKIP leader following the resignation of Diane James after just 18 days.[4] He was seen as a front-runner to lead the party in 2017.[5] Kurten said in August 2017 during the leadership campaign that he opposes same-sex marriage.[6] 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."[7]

When Henry Bolton was elected as leader in October 2017, Kurten finished in third place. Appointed as Education spokesman on 30 November 2016,[8] 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.[9]

Kurten unsuccessfully stood as UKIP's candidate in the Lewisham East by-election on 14 June 2018,[10] getting 380 votes (1.7%) and coming 6th.[11]

Kurten characterises himself as a social conservative.[12]

In December 2018, he resigned from his position as UKIP's Education Spokesman on account of leader Gerard Batten's appointment of Tommy Robinson as advisor.[13]

Kurten lives in Sidcup, in the London Borough of Bexley,[citation needed] and contested the Sidcup ward in the 2018 local elections.[14]


  1. ^ "Results 2016". London Elects. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  2. ^ "London Mayoral Election 2016: Labour dominate vote". BBC News. Retrieved 6 May 2016.
  3. ^ ‘KURTEN, David Michael’, Who's Who 2017, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2017
  4. ^ Kurten, David (18 October 2016). "I am pleased to announce my intention to stand in the UKIP leadership election". Twitter. Retrieved 18 October 2016.
  5. ^ "An anti-Islam campaigner vies to lead Britain's populist right-wing party". The Economist. 17 August 2018.
  6. ^ "UKIP leadership hopefuls includes 3 LGBT people and 2 anti-LGBT candidates". Pink News. 11 August 2017.
  7. ^ Bloom, Dan (9 August 2017). "UKIP leadership candidate sparks backlash by suggesting gay people were more likely to be abused as kids". Daily Mirror.
  8. ^ "David Kurten AM appointed as Education and Apprenticeships Spokesman". UKIP. 30 November 2016. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  9. ^ Maidment, Jack (22 January 2018). "Henry Bolton under intense pressure to quit as Ukip leader after eight senior figures resign from frontbench roles". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  10. ^ @GerardBattenMEP (14 May 2018). "I am very pleased that David Kurten AM has been selected as the UKIP candidate for the Lewisham East By-Election on 14th June" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "Labour hold Lewisham East in by-election". BBC News. 15 June 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  12. ^ David Kurten - Social Conservatism, YouTube, retrieved 13 August 2019
  13. ^ "David Kurten". David Kurten.
  14. ^ "2018 Election Results for Sidcup". democracy.bexley.gov.uk. 3 May 2018. Retrieved 1 April 2019.

External linksEdit