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Jonathan Arnott

UKIP MEP for the North East of England

Jonathan is aged 35 and is married with no children, currently living in Guisborough in the North East of England. At the age of 15 he went to Sheffield University, eventually obtaining a Masters’ degree in Mathematics (MMath Hons). His background is in teaching, where he has obtained excellent examination results consistently from his students and had senior management experience. He was General Secretary of UKIP from 2008 to 2014 on a part-time basis and worked to professionalise the Party.

He was elected as a UKIP MEP in May 2014, and according to the www.mepranking.eu website he spoke more in the European Parliament than any other British MEP for the remainder of 2014.

Outside politics Jonathan is a board games enthusiast, especially Chess and Stratego. In Stratego he has represented Great Britain at the World Championships twice, including in the bronze medal-winning teams at the World Championships in 2012 and 2014. He has two silver medals at Mind Sports Olympiads, and won the gold medal at the World Stratego Barrage competition in 2013.

At Chess he is a Candidate Master. He is a former member of the England Under-21 squad and captained Yorkshire from 2002-2004. He has represented the top British team at the European Club Cup (the ‘chess equivalent of football’s Champions League’), and regularly competed in international events. He has coached many children and young people, with a number going on to represent Yorkshire and even England at age-group level. He is considered to be a highly effective coach and communicator. His forthcoming chess book (in the process of publication) is aimed at adults who know little about the game but are interested in taking it up.

Jonathan is interested in sports, especially cricket and football. He has 20 years’ experience of charitable work, broadcasting on Scunthorpe Hospital Radio. The commentary team broadcasts live commentaries of the home games of Scunthorpe United to the local hospital and to partially-sighted fans around the ground. Jonathan has interviewed successive managers and key players and been involved in ‘outside broadcasts’ from Manchester City and Chelsea. The club’s official programme recently described the service provided, saying “Anyone who has had the pleasure of listening to the team cannot fail to be impressed with the professionalism of the delivery, the accuracy of the commentaries and the total quality of the output, which matches anything offered by the other stations. It is a service of which Scunthorpe Hospital Radio should be very proud”.

Letter From Catalonia: Is This The Birth Of A Nation?

A few weeks ago, I supported the Catalan right to self-determination yet hoped they would ultimately choose to remain Spanish. Today I find myself somehow warming to the idea of the creation of a Catalan nation. To me it's all about democracy; to others, it's all about the money.
30/10/2017 14:26 GMT

Why We're Sleepwalking Into An EU 'No Deal' Scenario

We need to sort out what our 'legal' obligations are, as soon as possible. Otherwise we'll continue to see this bait and switch between 'legal' and 'moral' obligations, and we'll end up sleepwalking into a 'no deal' scenario.
12/10/2017 18:00 BST

The 2017 Challenge For GCSE Students? Explaining What Their Results Mean

The real worry for every teacher though? Once the changes have finally come in, some bright spark in government might well decide to change the whole thing all over again. Politicians like changing things, you see. Sometimes though the best thing to do is leave everything well alone - and allow teachers sufficient time to become experts in what they're teaching.
04/08/2017 14:05 BST

Charity Begins With Us

Christmas is coming; how about doing something over this festive period to make a difference? Even better, if you're doing something along these lines why not share your own experiences in the comments? It may inspire someone.
22/11/2016 11:46 GMT

Time To Stop Saying Terrorists Have 'Been Radicalised'

Why, when someone knowingly and deliberately chooses to embrace a cancerous and poisonous ideology which has been responsible for mass murder and attempted genocide, do we act as though they're passive bystanders and say they 'have been radicalised'?
04/10/2016 16:25 BST

Why I'm Standing for the Leadership of Ukip

With that in mind, my approach to leadership will be very different to his: you can't out-Nigel Nigel. Any candidate who tries will fall flat on their face; they'll end up being measured by that yardstick. That is not to say I will be a cookie cutter, production line politician like many of those found currently on the benches at Westminster. Ukip's not like that and neither am I.
18/07/2016 16:59 BST

Article 50 and Brexit

A lot has been said in the media about Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, and there are many rumblings on the internet about another route to leave the European Union: repealing the European Communities Act 1972. So what's going on with this, how should the UK proceed, and what pitfalls do we need to be aware of?
30/06/2016 14:04 BST

Win or Lose: Why Cameron Must Go as PM

He has lost his credibility. He does not act in the best interests of Britain. That is simply not acceptable in a modern democratic society. Cameron must go as PM because he is operating a scorched earth policy against his own people.
16/06/2016 11:59 BST

Why the State Bank of India Backs Brexit

Countries outside the European Union will welcome us with open arms if we vote to leave the European Union. It's a fact that is difficult for the official Leave campaign, or for UKIP, for Labour Leave, or for Leave.EU, to get across.
15/06/2016 12:55 BST

Army on the Streets: The Daily Reality of Brussels Life

I'm sitting just ten feet away from two Belgian soldiers, as I begin writing this article (it'll be a week before I find the time to finish it). My brother would recognise their weapons immediately; I don't. They carry handguns in a holster and a what appears to be at least a semi-automatic rifle strapped across their chests.
02/06/2016 10:58 BST

Don't Try to Keep Nigel Off TV Debate

Nigel wins debates. He trounced Nick Clegg in the televised In/Out debate two years ago. He's the most experienced debater the Leave campaign has on the EU issue. He has a depth of knowledge about the EU that others don't. Winning the debate is in itself important; more important than Nigel's polling amongst undecided voters.
13/05/2016 11:52 BST

Where's Our Moral Compass?

We actually need a sensible, well thought out, considered response to the threat of terrorism. Sadly, that is impossible in the culture of intolerance caused by those who put political correctness above our national security.
28/03/2016 16:37 BST

No, Brexit Isn't a Risk to the City

I understand that the 'in' campaign feels the need to scaremonger on these issues; after all, it is their primary tactic on the economy. Is there any substance to their claims? I don't see it.
22/02/2016 12:35 GMT

As a Ukip MEP, I'm Disgusted by Government Cynicism Over Migration

The Conservatives' immigration policy is a disaster. But Cameron persists in using dehumanising language about immigrants. The government continues treating people who deserve to be allowed to stay in the UK like dirt. Do they seriously think the British people won't see through their squalid actions? Have they no shame?
21/02/2016 18:30 GMT