The Dartmouth
The Dartmouth
The Rt. Hon. William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth, is a British peer and politician. He is a Member of the European Parliament (M.E.P. ) for South West England representing the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip). He is often known simply as William Dartmouth.
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  • 2009
    In June 2009, he married a Melbourne-born former model Fiona Campbell (now styled Lady Dartmouth), whose first husband, Matt Handbury, is Rupert Murdoch's nephew.
    More Details Hide Details Lord Dartmouth has a son (Gerald Glen Legge, born 2005) from a previous relationship with the socialite, Claire Kavanagh. His son, being born out of wedlock, cannot be heir to the earldom. Only the eldest legitimate son of the Earl of Dartmouth would be able to use the courtesy title of Viscount Lewisham. The current heir presumptive to the earldom of Dartmouth is the present Earl's younger brother, The Hon Rupert Legge.
    Dartmouth was elected as the second UKIP candidate for the South West England region in the European Parliament election, 2009.
    More Details Hide Details In the European Parliament he sits with the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group and is a Member of the Committee on International Trade.
  • 2007
    In January 2007, Dartmouth announced he was leaving the Conservative Party in favour of UKIP citing concerns about Conservative Leader David Cameron's policies.
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  • 1999
    As Lord Dartmouth he sat in the House of Lords until 1999, when the Labour Party attempted to remove the hereditary principle from Parliament.
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  • 1997
    He succeeded as Earl of Dartmouth in 1997.
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  • 1949
    Born on September 23, 1949.
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