Awaking up to another alarm clock call is something that I’m starting to get use to, like déjà vu it was another trip to the Black Country, this time to the ICC in Birmingham for the matter of deciding Henry Bolton’s UKIP leadership following a vote of no confidence by the party’s NEC.
The decision that was to be made in the next few hours would prove a pivotal point in the party’s future and it was clear that many Kippers felt the same way with the astonishing turnout, with members coming from far and wide to attend.
Myself and Luke Nash-Jones made no hesitation in the run up to the event showing our disapproval for Bolton due to the way he treated his family over the Jo Marney incident, among many other things. UKIP is a party of family values and this is something he clearly never respected. Leaving this matter beside, it is clear that very little has been done to push the party forward, with no clear direction, and only last minute attempts to change this.
Handing out leaflets and displaying our banner “Racist not welcome”, we received a positive reaction that gave us confidence for the desired outcome. This was not shared by others however who became very aggressive towards us but we persisted in getting the message out.
The crowd swelled as many queued to get in to the hall and delayed the event. Passions were running high but outgoing Chairman Paul Oakden was quick to remind people that the chaos witnessed at the last EGM would not be tolerated and carried zero tolerance.
Steve Crowther was first up to argue the motion of no confidence in Bolton with a very compelling case. It was clear that the leader had upset many in the party by failing to communicate with many including the NEC and had also destroyed the membership due to sharp rises in membership costs, most sadly with the YI.
Bolton was up next and argued that he had been working tirelessly for the party visiting many branches across the UK, but from the reception he was getting it was clear that many had lost confidence in him. This was compounded by a closing comment of threats to sue the party which undoubtedly turned many fence sitters to bin Bolton.
After an anxious wait, Oaken delivered Bolton’s fate to the cheers of many who saw a new chapter in the party’s fortune being forged. It was not even close; Henry was rejected along with his weak plans for UKIP’s future. Luke and I breathed a sigh of relief!
The UK needs UKIP and Saturday was a great day for her and an important day for our nation. Brexit must get back on track and we need to build a party that our glorious nation is desperately crying out for. The working class need a voice and UKIP must serve them!
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