UKIP PROGRESS REPORT

Interim UKIP Leader Gerard Batten MEP

UKIP PROGRESS REPORT

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:

Appointments

  • 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.

Spokespersons

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

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

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WATCH: Henry Bolton IS OUT

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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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READ: UKIP announces date & location of EGM

Main Points from below:

EGM will be on 17 February, 2018, at the ICC, Birmingham. It will start at 1:15pm, with doors opening at 12:30pm.


I’m writing to confirm the details of the upcoming EGM, which has now been booked for Saturday 17th February 2018.

Our aim has been to make sure that we have a cost effective venue, with sufficient capacity to cater for however many members might wish to attend and participate. We also want to make this important meeting as accessible to as many members from around the country as we can.

With this in mind, we have now made the decision to hold the EGM at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Broad St, Birmingham, B1 2EA.

Members will be able to register and get access to the hall from 12:30pm, the meeting will start at 1:15pm. We would expect the meeting to last no more than two hours.

The Party Secretary will be writing to all members via the Royal Mail in the next few days to confirm details with you and to outline how the meeting will run. If you have any questions after receiving that letter then please do contact Head Office who should be able to help you with anything else you might need.

The letter will also contain additional information and directions to help you find the venue, which has ample parking and is less than a ten minute walk from the main New Street station in Birmingham.

Whilst there is no cost to attending the meeting, members are required to register in advance. You can do that by providing your name and membership number on a simple form, found by following this link: myukip.com/egm-2018

Finally, as part of the agreement we have with the ICC, those travelling by train are able to get a 25% discount when booking advance tickets with Virgin Trains. This means that a standard return ticket from London, booked sufficiently in advance would cost just over £20. Further information about that offer can be found by following this link: virgintrains.co.uk/icc

If you have not received your invitation by Friday 2nd February then please contact Head Office who will be able to assist you.

Kind Regards,


Paul Oakden
Interim Party Chairman

Meet the Leader in Great Yarmouth

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Exclusive, Members-Only Opportunity to Meet UKIP Leader Henry Bolton

We are contacting you to invite you to book your tickets for the Meet The Leader event in Great Yarmouth with Henry Bolton this week:

Great Yarmouth Racecourse
Jellicoe Road
Great Yarmouth
NR30 4AU

Thursday 2 November, from 6pm to 10pm
Tickets are still available for this exclusive event open to 100 UKIP members. Please book your ticket at: myukip.com/meet-the-leader

Refreshments will be available on arrival, thanks to Stuart Agnew for providing these!