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The Right Honourable
 The Earl of Dartmouth MEP


Incumbent
Assumed office 
14 July 2009

Born 23 September 1949 (1949-09-23) (age 60)
Political party UK Independence
Other political
affiliations
Conservative (until 2007)
Relations Lady Diana Frances Spencer (step-sister)

William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth (born 23 September 1949) is a British peer and politician. He is a Member of the European Parliament for South West England representing the United Kingdom Independence Party.

Lord Dartmouth is the eldest son of Gerald Legge, 9th Earl of Dartmouth and Raine McCorquodale, the daughter of romantic novelist Barbara Cartland. He was a stepbrother of the late Diana, Princess of Wales.

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford, and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Lord Dartmouth had a seat in the House of Lords until the Labour Party's reforms, which removed most hereditary members. In January 2007 he announced he was leaving the Conservative Party in favour of UKIP over concerns about Conservative leader David Cameron's policies.[1]

Lord Dartmouth was elected as the second UKIP candidate for the South West England region in the European Parliament election, 2009. In the European Parliament he sits as part of the Europe of Freedom and Democracy group and is a member of the Committee on International Trade.

References

  1. ^ Conservative peer defects to UKIP, BBC News, 20 January 2007. Accessed 14 May 2008.

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Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
Gerald Legge
Earl of Dartmouth
1997 โ€“ present
Member of the House of Lords
(1997 โ€“ 1999)
Incumbent
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