- Gerard Batten
Gerard Batten (born
March 27, 1954in London) is a Member of the European Parliamentfor Londonfor the United Kingdom Independence Party(UKIP). He was first elected in 2004. He sits as a member of the Independence and Democracy Group.
He was a founder member of UKIP in September 1993. He was the first Party Secretary from 1994 to 1997. He has fought local elections, a by-election, a European election, and two general elections as a UKIP candidate. As well as his seat in the European Parliament he is a member of UKIP's National Executive Committee.
Batten was appointed a member of the
European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defencein July 2004, and shortly afterwards was also appointed UKIP's official spokesman on Security and Defence. In this role, he has attacked the Labour government's plans to introduce Identity Cards. [http://www.ukip.org/abc_news/gen12.php?t=1&id=1654]
Before becoming an MEP he was a salesman for
British Telecomfor 28 years.
At the 2007 UK Independence Party conference, he was selected as the party's candidate to contest the
London mayoral election, 2008. [ cite web |title = Interview: Mayoral candidate wants London free of the EU |url = http://www.pinknews.co.uk/news/articles/2005-6891.html | accessdate=2008-02-21]
In April 2006, Batten stated that a
Londonconstituent and former FSB agent, Lieutenant-Colonel Alexander Litvinenko, had been told that Italian Prime Minister and former President of the European Commission, Romano Prodi, had been the KGB's "man in Italy", demanding an inquiry into the allegations. Batten told the European Parliament that Litvinenko had been warned by FSB deputy chief General Anatoly Trofimovthat there were numerous KGB agents among Italian politicians, and that "Romano Prodi is our man in Italy". According to the Brussels-based newspaper EU Reporteron 3 April 2006, "another high-level source, a former KGB operative in London, has confirmed the story." [cite web
last = Donnelly
first = Cillian
title = Prodi Accused Of Being Former Soviet Agent
publisher = EU Reporter
April 3, 2006
url = http://www.eureporter.co.uk/showarticle.php?newsid=2218
accessdate = 2006-11-21 ] Among the most serious claims, by Batten's account, is that Prodi assisted in the protection of KGB operatives allegedly involved in the assassination attempt on
Pope John Paul IIin 1981. The Italian parliamentary commission, the Guzzanti Commission, later concluded that KGB and GRU (Soviet military intelligence) did indeed attempt to assassinate the Pope.
On 26 April 2006, Batten repeated his call for a parliamentary inquiry, stating that: "Former, senior members of the KGB are willing to testify in such an investigation, under the right conditions... It is not acceptable that this situation is unresolved, given the importance of Russia's relations with the European Union."
On 11 November 2006, Lt Col Litvinenko was admitted to hospital with suspected
poisoningafter eating at a London restaurant and died on 23 November 2006. The police later concluded he has been poisoned with polonium- even a small dose of it is sufficiently lethal. Anatoly Trofimov was assassinated by unknown gunmen in April 2005.
22 January 2007, the BBCand ITV Newsreleased documents and video footage, from February 2006, in which Litvinenko made the same allegations against Prodi. [cite web
title = 'Multiple attempts' on Litvinenko
publisher = BBC
22 January 2007
url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6285631.stm
accessdate = 2007-03-01 ] [cite web
title = Litvinenko footage emerges
22 January 2007
url = http://www.itv.com/news/index_de20839cb1d32bc0891bbbd13c6a4c1e.html
accessdate = 2007-03-01 ]
* [http://www.gerardbattenmep.co.uk/ Official website] Gerard Batten MEP
* [http://www.batten4londonmayor.com Batten 4 London Mayor] Official Mayoral Candidacy Website
* [http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch/view.do?country=GB&partNumber=1&zone=London&language=EN&id=28497 Profile on European Parliament website]
* [http://www.tfa.net/pdfs/60610.pdf Islamic fundamentalism is incompatible with freedom and Western liberal democracy] , by Gerard Batten, "Freedom Today", November/December 2006
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