Politics seems to have taken a turn for the absurd this week, as the Conservative party, elected by millions to ensure the Brexit result we all campaigned for, staggers from self-inflicted crisis to self-inflicted crisis.
On Tuesday we had the unedifying sight of Boris Johnson having to apologise for ill-advised and slapdash comments that have undoubtedly worsened the plight of a British citizen, currently behind bars in a Tehran gaol. Then we had Priti Patel cutting short her trip to Uganda, only to be sacked for ignoring the most basic rules of procedure.
Not only that, it is becoming clear that no matter how extreme the demands are for the UK to kow-tow to Brussels through the negotiations, on citizenship, immigration, on paying an ever increasing divorce bill, we see Mrs May and the Tories blinking so fast there should be strobe warnings. It’s utter chaos, and the thing we all worked so hard for is being wrecked before our very eyes by a government who don’t seem to have a clue what they’re doing.
As for the other lot; today we had a large number of Labour MPs, who stood clearly on a manifesto pledge to honour the referendum, to end free movement and leave the Single Market, who voted overwhelmingly to adopt Article 50, now working to try and overturn that decision.
Millions of Labour voters, including at least a million who had previously voted for UKIP are being betrayed. UKIP must and will expose them for the backsliding opportunists they are.
Labour are a shower, and the Tories, as so often before, just cannot be trusted on Europe.
UKIP have never been more necessary.
Many of you will be aware that last night, a programme was broadcast, showing clips filmed by an undercover reporter who followed Anne Marie Waters around during her failed Leadership bid. In the broadcast, views were highlighted that Ms Waters gave in private conversations both before and after UKIP events.
We were asked for a quote by the producers of this piece, and felt that it would be beneficial for us to circulate that quote to you now, so that all members can be aware of what the party said in advance of the broadcast:
Many members had concerns over the decision to let Anne Marie Waters stand to be UKIP Leader, including Henry Bolton, who challenged that decision during our Leadership election.
The NEC allowing her to stand was based on a belief that our membership had a right to decide whether UKIP should allow itself to become a single issue, anti-Islam party. Thankfully, it comprehensively rejected that approach. Ms Waters is no longer a member of our party, having discovered that her extreme views have no place in UKIP.
Whilst UKIP will continue, as it always has, to speak out about issues that it thinks are important and which are continually ignored by the other parties; under Henry Bolton’s Leadership it will never single out, persecute or discriminate against any group on account of its gender, sexuality, race or religion.
I know that a small number of people chose to follow Ms Waters when she left to set up her new party. Parties similar to hers have appeared before, and disappeared not long after. UKIP however has shown its resilience and ability to endure, time and time again. The vast majority of members who have chosen to remain with us will now be at the forefront of what we do moving forward.
Our new Leader has been working tirelessly to make the necessary plans to give those loyal stalwarts the changes they’re so desperate for. This email is the first salvo of those changes. More will follow, quickly, and with it we hope that now absent friends will realise this is the only party strong enough, seasoned enough and sensible enough to bring about the changes our country needs.
As many of you will know, there has been a slight delay in getting out the finalised versions of our new logo. I’m pleased to say that we have now completed the necessary work to get the logos ready for publication on your leaflets, and more importantly, your ballot papers.
Shortly, all branch Chairmen will be emailed images of the new logo that can be used on your leaflets, websites, Twitter, Facebook, anything that promotes our party. Whilst there will understandably be a transition period, it’s important that we use every opportunity to promote the new UKIP Lion.
Thankfully, the coverage we received from our unveiling of the new logo at conference means that most people have seen it already; now it’s down to us to keep that momentum going. If you need the image to use for a local campaign, speak to your branch Chairman over the weekend and they should be in a position to pass it along.
Party Leader, Henry Bolton, Continues his tour of the country with the following dates:
East Midlands – Thursday 7th December – 3aaa County Ground, Nottingham Road, Derby DE21 6DA – 7pm
South West – Wednesday 13th December – The Crystal Suite, The Best Western Hotel, Blundell’s Road,
Tiverton, Devon EX16 4DB – 7pm
Entry is only available to UKIP members, membership cards are required. Please register your interest at the following link:
Restructuring Continues but we need more of you
We continue to consider applications for the roles of Regional Controller, Regional Communications Manager and County Organiser and I would encourage any member interested in joining the team to volunteer via the following link:
It also gives me great pleasure to announce the following initial appointments. More will follow very soon.
Regional Controller for Scotland – Janice Mackay – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07501 491 677
Regional Controller for Northern Ireland – Paul Girvan – email@example.com – 07734 037 561
Regional Communications Manager for Northern Ireland – John Montgomery – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07714 409 005
Regional Controller for Wales – Alun Williams – email@example.com – 07432 829 706
Below are just some of the Press Releases that our excellent spokesmen have sent to the media over the past few days
We must stop the betrayal of Brexit
Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire MEP, Mike Hookem, has launched a petition to force the Government to remove fisheries from Theresa May’s ‘Great Repeal Bill’, saying, “the inclusion of the Common Fisheries Policy into UK law is an abject betrayal of Brexit.”
Mr Hookem, UKIP’s fisheries spokesman, launched his crusade after George Eustice announced in the House of Commons that ‘technical measures’ of the CFP will be included in Theresa May’s flagship Repeal Bill.
Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “the response to the petition has been amazing so far, with over 6,000 signatures in the first 48 hours. However, we still have a long way to go if we are going to get the 100,000 signatures we need to force a Commons debate.
“Throughout the referendum, the fishing community of Great Britain was one of the loudest voices in the Leave camp, as they have seen first-hand how disastrous EU policy can be to our country.
“The fishing communities simply want the right to make a living through reclaiming the 200-mile exclusive economic zone we are entitled to under international law and repatriating the 70% of the total allowable catch in British waters that are currently taken by EU vessels.
“I for one will support our fishing communities all the way, as I believe, post-Brexit we can achieve the £6.3 Billion boost to the UK economy that the fishing industry is estimated to be worth.
“Fishing means skilled jobs; income into coastal communities; and a huge boost to the national economy.
“However, by taking the CFP into British law using the Great Repeal Bill, the Tories risk handing the EU the opportunity to take the UK to court under the Vienna Convention, citing continuity of rights in the post-transition era.
“This Brexit betrayal must not be allowed to happen, and I urge the whole country to get behind our fishing communities and sign my petition.”
Britannia used to rule the waves – but cuts make it a laughing stock
MEP slams Government over lack of investment into Royal Navy and fisheries protection as Gibraltarians complain of illegal incursions into territorial waters
UKIP fisheries spokesman, Mike Hookem MEP, has slammed the Government for “allowing” illegal fishing by Spanish trawlers off Gibraltar, saying, “the lack of UK investment into the Royal Navy and fisheries policing and protection is encouraging a situation where the Spanish can rob us blind.”
Mr Hookem’s comments came after furious Gibraltarians took to Twitter to complain about illegal fishing incursions by Spanish vessels into British Gibraltar’s Territorial Waters. Twitter users claim one Spanish fishing boat – the Virgin Carmen 1 – is “pushing its luck” by illegally fishing on seven separate days in October alone.
Speaking from Brussels, Mr Hookem said, “This whole situation is down to a lack of investment in both the Royal Navy and fisheries protection! What hope do we have of protecting our citizen’s rights off Gibraltar when we have only four vessels patrolling the coast and fisheries of the UK mainland.“I know the Royal Navy do their utmost to chase away vessels acting illegally in Gibraltarian waters, but they are overstretched, underfunded and facing further budget cuts.
“The whole situation is ridiculous, and the UK is fast becoming the laughing stock of the waves, rather than ruling them as we used to. The situation in Gibraltar is only going to get worse as we move towards Brexit; with the Spanish ramping up the pressure for the return of Gibraltar, against the wishes of its citizens. However, this situation is a prime example of just how run down our defences have become, and why we must have investment in both fisheries protect and the UK’s armed forces.
“If fishing communities across Britain achieve the aim of repatriating the UK’s 200-mile EEZ, we must have the means, the ability and the will to protect all our waters from this type of activity, both here in the UK and in our overseas territories.”
UKIP Wales Leader calls on First Minister Carwyn Jones to resign
“Now that we know the relative triviality and contestability of the allegations (“unwanted attention” and “touching”) made against Carl Sergeant, it is clear that his summary dismissal was both heartless and in breach of the most fundamental principle of natural justice – giving the accused the right to defend himself”, said Neil Hamilton AM.
“By publicly sacking Carl without giving him details of the allegations, he subjected Carl to trial by innuendo and left him to twist in the wind. Carwyn Jones is an experienced criminal law barrister and must be held to the highest standards of due process. He acted disproportionately and without human sympathy.
“The First Minister failed to fulfil his duty of care to Carl Sergeant. The intolerable mental anguish which that failure caused led directly to Carl’s suicide. The First Minister should accept his personal responsibility and resign.”
Interim Party Chairman