David Campbell Bannerman

David Campbell Bannerman (born 28 May 1960 in Bombay, India) is a British Conservative Party politician who served as Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for the East of England from 2009 to 2019.[3] He served as Deputy Leader of UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2006 until 2010, when he was replaced by Paul Nuttall.

David Campbell Bannerman
David Campbell Bannerman, 2014
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party
In office
27 September 2006  8 November 2010
Serving with The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley (Jun 2010 – Nov 2010)
LeaderNigel Farage
The Lord Pearson of Rannoch
Nigel Farage
Preceded byMike Nattrass
Succeeded byPaul Nuttall
Member of the European Parliament
for East of England
In office
20 July 2009  1 July 2019[1][2]
Preceded byTom Wise
Succeeded byLucy Nethsingha
Personal details
Born (1960-05-26) 26 May 1960 (age 61)
Mumbai, India
Political partyConservative (1985–2004; 2011–present)
UKIP (2004–2011)
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
University of Pennsylvania

Before joining UKIP, he was a Conservative activist who came to prominence as Chairman of the Bow Group. He stood for Parliament as a Conservative at the 1997 election in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick and Leamington. Campbell Bannerman joined UKIP in 2004,[4] and was elected in 2009.

He has been a long-term critic of the European Union, and has had many roles in eurosceptic advocacy groups. In 2015, he became co-chairman of a new eurosceptic pressure group, Conservatives for Britain. In 2016, he joined the political advisory board of Leave Means Leave.[5]

Early life

Campbell Bannerman is a distant relative of former Prime Minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman who led the Liberal Party to a landslide victory over the Conservatives in the 1906 General Election.[6]

Campbell Bannerman was educated at Bryanston School, the University of Edinburgh (MA, Economics and Politics) and at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.[7]

Professional career

Campbell Bannerman started work as a trainee accountant with Binder Hamlyn[citation needed] before becoming an account executive with Allen, Brady & Marsh.[citation needed] After working for HDM he became Executive Director of Vantagepoint Communications.[citation needed] Between 1997 and 1999 he was Communications Director/External Affairs Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies,[citation needed] before becoming Head of Communications at United News & Media in 2000.[citation needed]

Campbell Bannerman currently works for public relations firm Burson Marsteller.[citation needed]

Political career

Conservatives: 1992–2004

Campbell Bannerman was a member of the Conservative Party, as a borough councillor in Royal Tunbridge Wells from 1992–1996. He was chairman of the Bow Group from 1993 to 1994 and Special Advisor to Sir Patrick Mayhew (then MP for Tunbridge Wells) from 1996 to 1997 while Sir Patrick was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.[7]

In 1997, he stood for the Conservatives in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick and Leamington where he obtained 37.6% of the vote in second place.

UKIP: 2004–2011

After joining UKIP in 2004, Campbell Bannerman stood as that party's candidate for North Cornwall in the 2005 General Election and polled 3063 votes. He was appointed Party Chairman in December 2005, following the resignation of Petrina Holdsworth.[citation needed]

Outside party politics, has been a member of the London Safety Camera Partnership Project Board and was involved in the "Save Acton Mainline" Campaign.[citation needed]

In 2006, he stood for the leadership of the UK Independence Party, scoring third place with 1,443 votes, after Richard Suchorzewski who came a clear second. After that election, he was appointed Deputy Leader by Nigel Farage, who had won the election.[citation needed]

During the 2007 Scottish Parliament Elections, he stood as UKIP's Holyrood Regional List candidate for the Highlands and Islands. His campaign gained UKIP 1,287 votes (0.7%), down 0.5% from UKIP's 2003 campaign. In 2009, he was elected to the European Parliament after UKIP won 19.6% of the vote in the East of England region.

Bannerman was the main author of UKIP's 2010 election manifesto.[8] Following the resignation of UKIP leader Lord Pearson, in 2010 Campbell Bannerman announced his intention to stand for the leadership of UKIP for a second time,[9] but came third, behind Nigel Farage and Tim Congdon.

Conservative: 2011–2019

Campbell Bannerman returned to the Conservative Party on 24 May 2011, and sat with the European Conservatives and Reformists group as a Conservative MEP in the European Parliament until the end of his term in 2019. Since 2014 he has served as chairman of the Parliament's delegation to Iraq. In July 2018, while commenting on media suggestions that British fighters for the Islamic State should be tried under treason laws, he additionally suggested that treason laws should cover British citizens with "extreme loyalty" to the European Union.[10] This comment led to widespread criticism, with Labour Party MP Virendra Sharma alleging that he was "suggesting putting the knife into free speech" and European Parliament Brexit representative Guy Verhofstadt calling his comments "insane".[11][12]


  1. "Key dates ahead". European Parliament. 20 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  2. "Key dates ahead". BBC News. 22 May 2017. Retrieved 28 May 2019.
  3. Crampton, Caroline (24 May 2011). "David Campbell Bannerman returns to the Tories". Total Politics. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  4. "UKIP MEP Campbell Bannerman defects to Conservatives". BBC News. 24 May 2011. Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  5. "Co-Chairmen – Political Advisory Board – Supporters". Leave Means Leave. Archived from the original on 24 October 2017. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
  6. "UKIP contender: David Campbell Bannerman". BBC News. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 21 July 2016.
  7. 'CAMPBELL BANNERMAN, David', in Who's Who 2011 (A. & C. Black, 2011)
  8. "Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Wants Handguns To Be Legalised". Huffington Post. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  9. "UKIP leader Lord Pearson of Rannoch standing down". BBC News. 17 August 2010. Retrieved 17 August 2010.
  10. Simons, Ned (25 July 2018). "Britons Who Show 'Extreme EU Loyalty' Should Be Tried For Treason, Demands Tory MEP". Huffington Post. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  11. Gartside, Ben (25 July 2018). "This Conservative Brexiteer wants British people with "EU loyalty" to be tried for treason". Business Insider. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  12. Stone, Jon (25 July 2018). "Guy Verhofstadt brands Tory Brexiteer 'insane' for suggesting some Remainers should be tried for treason". Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2019.