A Message from the Interim Chairman

Tony McIntyre
UKIP Interim Chairman
Dear Member,

First of all may I apologise for being rather tardy in taking just over a week to introduce myself.  I was asked shortly after the EGM in Birmingham if I would be prepared to take on the role of voluntary Interim Party Chairman for a period of 90 days after Paul Oakden, who had been in the position for 18 months, decided to stand down.

I wanted to meet Gerard Batten MEP before accepting the role, and this I did later in the week. I was impressed with his forthright approach and felt I could work with him in the interim period before the result of the next leadership election.

I have been a member of the party since 2006, shortly after retiring from a career in Education. Over the years I have been a branch treasurer, branch chairman, regional secretary and for the last 5 years Regional Chairman for the South West. I have stood for Parliament three times, stood in various local elections and was fourth on the South West List for the 2014 European Elections. I have never been a member of another political party and have made many friends through UKIP in the South West over the years. I look forward to making many more now across the country.

Over the past week I have been talking with the various Regional Chairs to put forward a plan of action in preparation for the forthcoming local elections. We need candidates in place to contest the seats that are coming up in the local election in May. If you would like to stand then please get in contact with your branch chairman. I appreciate that times are difficult for us at the moment but we must turn the tide back in our favour if we are to remain a force on the political map of our country.

Let us revitalise the party behind Gerard over the next few months. Brexit is far from being done and dusted. There are many out there who are working hard to overturn the vote of the people. Spread the word that UKIP is still in place and as determined as ever that we leave the political union that we call the EU.

Yours truly.

Tony McIntyre
Interim Party Chairman


Interim UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP


Dear Fellow UKIP Members,

I am only able to write to those of you for whom we have email addresses, but I want to update as many of you as possible with how things are progressing.

This is now the start of my third week in the role of Interim Leader, and the last two weeks have been extremely busy, to say the least. I inherited two significant things: one bad, one good.The bad thing is a financial shortfall that threatens the very continuation of the Party.

The good thing is our HQ at Newton Abbot and its small band of dedicated staff led by David Challice. These ladies and gentlemen are the unsung heroes of the Party. Without them, there would be no Party. We should be extremely grateful to them and I thank them on your behalf for all their efforts.

Let me summarise what I have done so far:


  • My first actions were to appoint the chief officers of the Party:
  • Party Chairman – Tony McIntyre
  • Deputy Chairman – Margot Parker MEP
  • Deputy Leader – Mike Hookem MEP
  • Treasurer – John Bickley (who kindly agreed to remain in post)

Actions to raise money and recruit members

All members will shortly receive a fundraising letter from me which explains the immediate actions I have taken. I am also writing to 20,000 ex-members inviting them to rejoin the Party and initiated a recruitment campaign.

We now have a special offer £20 membership time-limited to 31st March 2018. This is to encourage our former members to rejoin and to recruit new people from among groups such as the Veterans Against Terrorism and Football Lads Alliance.

Following talks with me going back some months, the leadership of these two groups have endorsed UKIP to their members who will decide to join on an individual basis.

I ask existing members who paid the full membership fee to understand the urgent need to rapidly expand our membership. We need more revenue and more people.

Membership fees, in general, will be reviewed at the next NEC meeting.


These are being appointed gradually and positions will be limited to the most important areas of policy. I want people with real experience and knowledge to develop policy and speak authoritatively. A full list will shortly be available on the Party website and will be added to as necessary.

Local Elections

I was disappointed, to say the least, that I found we are far behind in our plans to fight the local elections taking place on 3rd May. It is vital that we put up a fight to defend the seats we already hold and to show we are still in the fight nationally.

We need at least 740 candidates in order to qualify for a Party Political Broadcast. We need people to step forward now to be candidates.

We are now putting together aids for candidates consisting of:

  • A template leaflet that can be adapted to include candidate details.
  • A centralised call-off system for printing.
  • A Candidate Guide.

If you would like to be a candidate or support a candidate please contact your local Branch Chairman or County Controller.

I will do my best to keep you in the picture of how things progress and I trust the news will continually improve as we go forward.

Yours sincerely,

Gerard Batten
Interim Leader – UK Independence Party
Member of the European Parliament for London

Veterans against Terrorism BACKS UKIP

The interim leader of UKIP Gerard Batten has received support from Veterans Against Terrorism (VAT).

Members of the VAT are being encouraged to join UKIP in order to win at the ballot box.

Watch the video below.


WATCH: Henry Bolton IS OUT

Source – Gawain Towler

Following a turbulent period in UKIP’s history, Henry Bolton has been ousted by an EGM which met on the 17th February, 2018.

Votes cast were as follows: 

1406 Eligible voters
1378 votes were received
  500   AGAINST the motion, keeping Bolton
  867   FOR the motion, removing Bolton

    11 votes were invalidated

Therefore, Henry Bolton has been removed by the EGM.
The NEC met shortly after, and appointed Gerard Batten MEP as UKIP leader.

There will be another leadership election within 90 days. 



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