|Deputy Leader of the |
UK Independence Party
27 February 2018 – 24 May 2019
|Preceded by||Margot Parker|
|Succeeded by||Pat Mountain|
|UKIP Spokesperson for Defence|
17 April 2019 – 12 August 2019
|Preceded by||Ray Finch|
|Succeeded by||Ben Walker|
24 July 2014 – 29 November 2016
|Preceded by||Gerard Batten|
|Succeeded by||Bill Etheridge|
|UKIP Spokesperson for Fisheries |
and Veterans Affairs
29 November 2016 – 12 August 2019
|Preceded by||Ray Finch|
|Succeeded by||Jonathon Riley|
|Member of the European Parliament|
for Yorkshire and the Humber
1 July 2014 – 1 July 2019
|Preceded by||Rebecca Taylor|
|Succeeded by||Jake Pugh|
9 October 1953
Kingston upon Hull, England
|Political party||UK Independence Party (2008–2019)|
|Labour Party (1982–2008)|
A former member of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), Hookem served as UKIP's Deputy Leader under Gerard Batten from February 2018 until his resignation in May 2019 to run for the leadership. He also served as Spokesperson for Fisheries and Veterans Affairs from 2016 to 2019, and as Spokesperson for Defence in 2019 and previously from 2014 to 2016.
Hookem grew up in the fishing community in the east of Kingston upon Hull, and left school at 15. His father worked on the docks. Hookem enlisted in the Royal Air Force at the age of 17, and served for four years.
After working in various trades he rejoined the military, serving in the Royal Engineers as a TA Commando Engineer for nine years.
Hookem voted for the Labour Party until he became disillusioned with what he considered "a criminal Labour government". In response to his disillusionment with Labour, Hookem joined UKIP in 2008, after having for years been a Labour member.
Hookem was elected in 2014 to the European Parliament. He had served as UKIP's regional chairman for Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire until that election. He was replaced as chairman by Judith Morris from July 2014.
On 6 October 2016, Hookem was involved in a fight with fellow UKIP MEP Steven Woolfe during a UKIP meeting at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Hookem said he had not punched Woolfe, but did admit to a "scuffle" with him and that he acted in self-defence. The altercation was an outgrowth of a party meeting to discuss news reports that Woolfe was in talks about defecting to the Conservative Party. Hookem said Woolfe "took exception" to his comment about Woolfe turning his leadership application paperwork late. Hookem was asked if he would accept a suspension and Hookem said: "If they suspend me, yes. By our rules if they suspend me they have to suspend Steven Woolfe".
Following the election of Henry Bolton as leader of UKIP, Hookem was appointed assistant deputy leader as well as UKIP spokesman on fisheries and on veterans affairs. He stood down as the party's assistant deputy leader on 22 January 2018 after Bolton refused to resign as leader following a vote of no confidence in him from UKIP's National Executive Committee the previous day.
From February 2018 to May 2019, Hookem served as UKIP's Deputy Leader; Hookem resigned in May 2019 to challenge Gerard Batten's leadership of the party. He sat as a non-attached (Non-Inscrit) Member of the European Parliament following the party's split from the EFDD Group led by UKIP's former leader, Nigel Farage, while Batten and Stuart Agnew joined the Europe of Nations and Freedom group.
Since leaving UKIP, Hookem founded the Alliance for Democracy and Freedom party and intends to stand candidates in the 2021 local elections.
|Date of election||Constituency||Party||Votes||%||Result|
|2010 general election||Kingston upon Hull East||UKIP||2,745||8.0||Not elected|
|2015 general election||Wentworth and Dearne||UKIP||10,733||24.9||Not elected|
|2017 general election||Great Grimsby||UKIP||1,648||4.6||Not elected|
European Parliament elections
|2014||Yorkshire and the Humber||UKIP||403,630||31.1||Elected||Multi member constituencies; party list|
|2019||Yorkshire and the Humber||UKIP||56,100||4.4||Not elected||Multi member constituencies; party list|
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A Labour voter most of his life, Mike Hookem joined Ukip in 2008 and recently became its defence spokesman. His father worked filleting fish on the Humberside docks and Hookem left school at 15, working in low-paid jobs before joining the Royal Air Force at 17. He left after four years but later rejoined the armed forces as commando engineer in the Royal Engineers. He has also worked as a bus and lorry driver, a carpenter and a joiner.
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