Pat Mountain (politician)

Patricia Ann Mountain[1] is a British politician who served as the Acting Leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) from 2019 to 2020. Mountain also served as the Deputy Leader of UKIP from July to September 2020.

Pat Mountain
Deputy Leader of the UK Independence Party
In office
4 July 2020  12 September 2020
LeaderFreddy Vachha
Neil Hamilton
Preceded byMike Hookem
Succeeded byVacant
Leader of the UK Independence Party
16 November 2019  28 April 2020
Preceded byRichard Braine
Succeeded byFreddy Vachha
Personal details
Patricia Ann Mountain
Political partyUK Independence Party


Mountain was one of ten UKIP candidates who stood for the South East England constituency in the 2019 European Parliament election in the United Kingdom, which also included Piers Wauchope, another interim leader; none of them was elected.[1] Mountain has also stood for Brighton and Hove City Council thrice: as the sole UKIP candidate in the 11 July 2013 by-election at the Hanover and Elm Grove ward, in 2015 at the Hangleton and Knoll ward, and in 2019 for the North Portslade ward; she did not win in any of them.[2][3][4][5]

Mountain had retired by April 2019,[4] and was a member of the National Executive Committee when she was appointed interim leader on 16 November 2019[6] to succeed Richard Braine.[7] Mountain was the acting leader of UKIP during the 2019 United Kingdom general election,[8] where none of the party's forty-four candidates was elected to the House of Commons.[9]

On 2 December 2019, Mountain appeared on Sky News for an interview with journalist Adam Boulton; it lasted for eight minutes,[7] and was described by the Evening Standard as a "car crash"[7] and by The Independent as "the outstanding TV interview of the year... It wasn’t so much of a car crash as a spectacular, Evel Knievel-style nose-dive into a canyon".[10]

Her term as acting leader was due to expire on 31 January 2020. However, due to the fact that no leadership election had taken place by then, she continued in the role until April.[11] It was later confirmed in June 2020 that Freddy Vachha was the new leader of UKIP.

Mountain was appointed as Deputy Leader of UKIP in July 2020, but had left the role by September 2020.[12]

Mountain was a UKIP candidate for the South Scotland regional list seat in the Scottish Parliament, during the 2021 Scottish Parliament election; she was unsuccessful in getting elected.


  1. "Statement of Parties and Individual Candidates Nominated - Notice of Poll - 23 May 2019" (PDF). Retrieved 27 April 2019.
  2. "Election results for Hanover & Elm Grove, 11 July 2013". 11 July 2013.
  3. "Election results for Hangleton & Knoll, 7 May 2015". 7 May 2015.
  4. "North Portslade candidate spotlight". 26 April 2019.
  5. "Election results for North Portslade, 2 May 2019". 2 May 2019.
  6. UKIP announces new interim leader Retrieved 20 November 2019
  7. "Ukip's new interim leader bungles her interview on manifesto day". Evening Standard. 2 December 2019.
  8. "UKIP launches 'Brexit and beyond' manifesto". BBC News. 2 December 2019 via
  9. "Known candidates for each ballot in the UK Parliament elections". Democracy Club Candidates. Retrieved 1 December 2019.
  10. "Reclining in parliament, melting ice sculptures and that staring contest – the wildest political moments of 2019". The Independent. 30 December 2019.
  11. "Ukip leader may have just given the worst interview of the general election". indy100. 2 December 2019.
  12. UKIP. "UK Independence Party (UKIP)". UK Indendence Party (UKIP). Retrieved 4 July 2020.