The Returning Officer has today confirmed that there are eleven applicants for next month’s leadership election.
They are (in alphabetical order):
• David Allen
• Henry Bolton
• David Coburn
• Jane Collins
• David Kurten
• Marion Mason
• Aidan Powlesland
• John Rees-Evans
• Ben Walker
• Anne Marie Waters
• Peter Whittle
We are in the process of verifying their information and completing vetting checks in preparation for the next NEC meeting on 11th August. Once the NEC has approved the final list, we will let you know the names of the candidates who will appear on the ballot paper.*
Ed – This has to be one of the most crass, ineffective statements of the obvious ever by Mr Steve Crowther, UKIP’s Interim ‘Leader’ and technophobe prevaricator in chief. He tells us that we should wait until the Brexit horse has bolted and only then do something:
“…if the [Government’s] Cabinet members surrender to Michel Barnier’s threats and agree the Chancellor’s Remainer-driven plan, we will be back with a vengeance.”
WHY ARE YOU NOT GETTING STUCK IN HERE AND NOW WITH A VENGEANCE?
It is an outrage, insult and betrayal of everyone who voted for UKIP and to those who have watched UKIP’s dead in the water leave campaign. UKIP’s shamefull inactivity is deliberate so it seems. This is poor leadership. At the very time of the Leave Campaign’s crying need for energy and activism Mr Crowther issues the risible call to NO ACTION and a NON CAMPAIGN.
Just who is betraying who Mr Crowther?
UKIP Update: Chancellor Plans Brexit Betrayal
Chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans for ‘transitional arrangements’ – including extending our open borders for several years – will lead to a betrayal of the Brexit decision, says UKIP interim leader Steve Crowther.
“Extending freedom of movement for two, three or four years produces no obvious benefit to anyone”, he said. “It is an EU principle, so ending it in 2019 or 2023 makes no difference to them.
The European Parliament has voted down several UKIP amendments which explicitly called for the protection of UK fishing waters, scrapping the Brexit bill and ending ECJ jurisdiction in the UK. Conservative and Labour MEPs joined forces to vote down these proposals along with the rest of the Parliament.
Gerard Batten MEP and UKIP Brexit spokesman commented:
“The Conservative government is making some encouraging noises but their MEPs gave the game away today. As usual, the Tories say one thing in the UK but vote for the opposite in the European Parliament.
They are fully prepared to allow European courts to have power over us for years and years to come and submit to EU blackmail over the Brexit bill.”
“We have set out a clear plan to repeal the 1972 European Community Act as soon as possible and ensure a speedy and unencumbered Brexit whilst saving billions and billions in extra EU contributions.”
I think Brexit is now more or less irreversible, with the House of Commons rejecting both the single market and a customs union. To me the intellectual battleground will increasingly be the need for successful economic policies..
Strong public finances, sound money (with stable prices, ideally), free trade, a small state and low taxes, and light regulation are essential. We are right to be out, but we must now be a successful nation
If Britain is an economic failure in the next 20 years, with the pound falling heavily against the euro while inflation is much higher here, I predict that the UK will apply to rejoin the EU. That mustn’t happen….and that is why we need good economic policies.
Attached is a downloadable EU exit plan written by Gerard Batten which I thoroughly recommend. It offers a detailed study of how we can make Brexit work.
With best wishes,
Runner-up in the 2010 UKIP leadership election
UKIP Economics Spokesman 2010 – 14
Please do not reply to this e-mail as I have a number of engagements in the coming days and thus will have little time to respond.
Writing in the Daily Telegraph on Saturday, Nigel Farage made clear that he would not be standing for the party leadership this time. I am grateful to him for this clarification, which helps clear the air.
As someone who served him loyally and urged him to stand down at the peak of his success, I believe this is the right decision. The party must prove it is not just the Nigel Farage Club, and can grow and evolve as one of the country’s major political parties, with a new mission and sense of purpose.
Ed – UKIP’s Internal mess and poor campaign policies have seen them neutralised as a political force but the fundamental arguments about mass legal and illegal immigration that propelled them into the front rank of British politics remain. Who will replace them? As Farage said, if we do not get the clean break from the EU we voted for political forces will emerge to make UKIP look like moderates.
The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) reported that almost 1 in 10 of the UK population is born overseas.
This is being driven by record levels of immigration, most of it from outside the EU, which government is supposed to have control of. From 1975, when the UK voted to remain in the EEC (European Economic Community) to 1997 (when the Labour party came to power) the UK experienced balanced migration. However, once Labour opened the floodgates gross non EU and EU immigration soared by almost 9 million (that’s nine cities the size of Birmingham). Net immigration over the last 20 years has been 3.8 million from outside the EU and 1.4 million from the EU (that’s over five cities the size of Birmingham).
The population, on a decadal basis is growing at 400% more than it did in the ’70’s.
The time is now and we need you to step up and step into the fray once more. We have to kick into a new Leave campaign to re-state the case
UKIP have been in disarray after two crucial national events the referendum and the lead up to the general election. This is not the time for dithering.
Britain is going to leave the EU ONE WAY OR ANOTHER. But it looks like the EU dictatorship and Elite have energised the UK’s left liberal media and coterie of die-hard Remainers. If we are forced into a second referendum or another general election making the case for Leaving again from a standing start will mean we may lose for another generation or until the Soviet EU breaks up in disorder.
Thank you. Imagine if you invited a very important guest round for dinner and you made all the preparations and there were some very important, confidential conversations that needed to be had and you thought everything had gone well and yet within hours your guest had told the outside world that you, the host, was deluded, that you were living in a different galaxy. And then all the contents of the conversation were blabbed to an opposition newspaper and to add insult to injury you say that the food wasn’t actually very good either and then a few days later in a display of extreme petulance you even deride the national language of the host, which by the way is looking a bit silly as last saturday’s extravaganza known as the Eurovision song contest saw ninety percent of the songs sung in English.
The reprehensible post Brexit referendum leadership spectacle, with Farage leaving just days after winning, followed by a lamentable string of squalid punch ups, departures and general misbehaviour turned many former UKIP members and supporters against them.
UKIP are not fit to govern but their policies are still a valid option to many in a vibrant democracy. Their local councillors did a good job, they are good people but they have been let down by leadership which finds it difficult to organise at national and county level.
A rump of soon to be dismissed UKIP MEP’s roaming the halls of Brussels and Strasbourg are all that remains. I hope Paul Nuttall has the grace and courage to stay on until he finds a successor for his position. Hopefully this will be done in a statesmanlike manner without too much backstabbing. A radical party of protest is still needed in Britain.
Nigel Farage should think very carefully about the damage his premature resignation caused and from a managerial perspective creating a party which cannot function without him.
Telegraph: ‘Ukip 0’: Paul Nuttall’s party faces local elections wipeout after losing every seat it held