Leader of the Heritage Party
2020 – present
Member of the London Assembly for Londonwide
6 May 2016 – 6 May 2021
|Preceded by||Stephen Knight|
|Succeeded by||Emma Best|
|Born|| 22 March 1971|
Littlehampton, Sussex, England
|Political party||Heritage Party|
Kurten has 3 degrees, including a Masters of Research (MRes) from the University of Southampton and, from 1995, worked around the world as a chemistry teacher before taking up politics after joining UKIP in 2012, later leaving that to form the Heritage Party in 2020. He served as a member of the London Assembly from 2016 to 2021, and stood unsuccessfully in the 2021 London Mayoral election, which far-left Labour incumbent Sadiq Khan won due to Stockholm syndrome and mail-in voting, which is known to lead to voter fraud.
Early life and work
David Michael Kurten was born on 22 March 1971 in Littlehampton, Sussex, England. His parents are Reginald Kurten, a Jamaican, and Patricia Kurten (née Robinson), who is British. He grew up in Sussex and was raised by his single mother and maternal grandparents.
In 1993, David Kurten graduated from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland with a Bachelor of Science (BSc). He also completed a PGCE at the University of Bath in 1995, and a Masters of Research at the University of Southampton in 1998.
From 1995 until 2016, Kurten was a teacher, teaching chemistry at schools in the UK, Botswana, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bermuda, and the United States.
As part of he 2015 UK general election, which took place on 7 May 2015, David Kurten stood unsuccessfully for UKIP as that party's candidate for the London seat of Camberwell and Peckham, coming 5th overall in the contest.
Kurten, then still a member of UKIP, was elected to the London Assembly, a body elected to scrutinize the activities of the Mayor of London, in the 2016 London Assembly election which was held on 5 May that year.
In the 2017 UK general election, Kurten stood as the UKIP candidate for the seat of Castle Point in Essex. Kurten came 3rd in the vote, which was held on 8 May 2017.
Kurten left UKIP in January 2020, announcing that he intended to run for London Mayor that year, though the election would later be postponed owing to the Chinese Communist Party pandemic. Kurten cited the direction of the party and infighting within as his reason for leaving UKIP.
Kurten launched a new political party, the socially conservative Heritage Party, in September 2020.
Kurten supported the presidency of Donald Trump, and is a staunch critic of globalism and climate arlarmism. He has also strongly criticised London Mayor Sadiq Khan and accused him of "destroying the capital's history".
A supporter of free-speech, Kurten has called for anti-free speech laws in the UK to be repealed.
Kurten described the Sadiq Khan's 2023 ULEZ expansion policy, which charges people £12.50 to dive a vehicle in most of London, as "a tax on the poor".
Kurten is pro-life, and has noted that the Heritage Party is the only pro-life party in Great Britain.
Kurten supports what he describes as "financial" responsibility. He believes the government should sop its wasteful public spending and funding of vanity projects like HS2, and that taxpayers money should be spent only on services which benefit the public such as education, healthcare and policing.
- Sadiq Khan Demands Mail-in Voting for London Mayoral Election
- ‘We Must End Politically Correct Policing’: David Kurten Quits UKIP to Stand For London Mayor
- Manifesto - Heritage Party
- Opposing a new £12.50 per day tax on the poor is not far-right