Eastern MEP withdraws from UKIP’s Leadership Election and backs Lord Pearson

David Campbell Bannerman MEP (eastern counties), UKIP's Deputy Leader
and Head of Policy, has announced that he is withdrawing from the UKIP
Leadership race with immediate effect, to concentrate on completing a full
set of party policy papers and on writing a radical General Election manifesto
that offers the British people genuine and positive change.
Commenting on his decision, David said: "With the Irish vote and the dangerous
Lisbon Treaty a step nearer, and the General Election right on the horizon,
I believe it is in the best interests of the party, that I should stay focused on
my work as Deputy Leader and Head of Policy, which includes the launching
of our remaining policy papers and on writing the next manifesto - which
is a massive and critical task.  I also want to continue helping with the
strategic direction of the party in preparing for the General Election and
our bright future beyond it.

"Though I will work harmoniously with which ever Leader the members
choose, I will be giving my full support to Lord Pearson of Rannoch as
the next Party Leader. I have a great deal of respect for Malcolm's brave,
principled and well argued promotion of our cause in Westminster.  I believe
he can very effectively highlight inexcusable Tory fudges over Lisbon and the EU.

"I would like to thank the great many members who have asked me to stand,
and my hard working advisers. I hope they will understand that I have always
put the best interests of my country and my party first.  Although this has been
a difficult decision, I do believe it is the right one."

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