Myth-busting: EGM and Leadership Election WON’T Kill UKIP

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The UKIP EGM will be held on Saturday 17th February 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EA. The only item on the agenda is the future of Henry Bolton; is he staying or getting the boot.

Bolton has often given the impression that UKIP can not survive as a party, if he is removed, because of the cost of the resultant leadership contest. This is nonsense. Firstly, each leadership candidate has to put forward £5,000; now with the number of candidates who stood last time, this is no small sum.

With 12 persons standing in the 29 September 2017 contest, that is a total of £60,000; more than sufficient to collect postal votes and count them, even if an outside auditor is appointed.

Further, a top UKIP official informs us that the cost of the EGM and the leadership election has already been covered by a party donor.

Moreover, if Bolton stays, there is still the cost of an election: all NEC members are removed if the motion of no confidence fails (though they can stand again.)

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