UKIP has appointed a new party Chairman to replace Jeffrey Titford MEP. Mr David Campbell Bannerman, 45, a long time acquaintance of UKIP leader Roger Knapman, and former Tory election candidate will take up his post immediately. Bannerman was recently a public relations executive who became Head of Communications for United News & Media plc in 2000. Formerly Bannerman was Special Advisor to Sir Patrick Mayhew from 1996-1997 before joining UKIP in 2002. His great uncle was Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman the Liberal Prime Minister between 1905 and 1908 UKIP Leader, Roger Knapman said that he "looked forward to working with David. David is a man with great political experience, with much energy and conviction, who believes in putting his country before Party." David Campbell-Bannerman was educated in Dorset, then at Edinburgh and Pennsylvania Universities. He started work as a trainee accountant with Bindon Hamlyn before becoming an account executive with Allen, Snapey & Marsh. After working for HDM he became Executive Director of Vantagepoint Communications. Between 1997and 1999 he was Communications Director/External Affairs Director of the Association of Train Operating Companies, before becoming Head of Communications, United News & Media plc in 2000. In 1997 he stood for the Conservatives in Glasgow Rutherglen and in 2001 in Warwick & Leamington in where he obtained nearly 38% of the vote. After joining UKIP, he stood in North Cornwall in 2005 polling 3063 votes trailing home a distant fourth with 5.5% of the vote.