UKIP Chair Confirms – Waters New Members WON’T Get A Vote
The row over the cut-off date for qualifying members in the forthcoming UKIP leadership contest appears to have been definitively resolved after the party’s Chairman Paul Oakden confirmed that he would following the advice given by the returning officer, Piers Wauchope, that June 23rd will be the relevant date.
The news was clarified in the form of a letter to the candidate seen by many as most affected by the ruling, Anne Marie Waters (pictured above). Since the cut-off date there has been a surge in new applications to join UKIP, mostly inspired by Waters and her strong anti-Islam message. However her approach has since been criticised by former party leader and icon Nigel Farage, who said that it would lead to electoral disaster for the party.
Mr. Oakden addressed issues of ‘entryism’ in his letter, which is reproduced in full here:-
Dear Anne Marie
Thank you for this. The question of the date after which new members cannot join and still be entitled to vote is resolved in the advice circulated by the Returning Officer earlier today (23rd June). The NEC was incorrect in its interpretation, and was corrected by our legal advisers. The Constitution is paramount. I am afraid that people joining UKIP specifically for the purpose of electing someone Leader will find the process slightly less easy than they had supposed. I agree with your comment about ‘fair dealings’ – the Constitution is framed to try to ensure that.
On the second matter, no such discussion was held. One member made a comment, as shown below, which was recorded. That does not constitute a discussion. It would have been quite improper for the NEC to discuss blocking any potential candidate, and had that been the case, it would have been reflected in the minutes.
UK Independence Party (UKIP)
Ms Waters is still one of the favourites for what has already become a very embittered contest, but she faces a strong challenge from John Rees-Evans, whose campaign for direct democracy is receiving real traction, as well as from the two London AM’s David Kurten (whose campaign is backed by Leave.EU supremo Arron Banks) and current Deputy Leader Peter Whittle, whose launch yesterday was praised in several media. Other candidates to declare include Bill Etheridge, Ben Walker and David Allen. It is expected that some of the candidates will withdraw before the cut-off date for declarations at the end of the month.
The result will be announced at the party’s annual conference in Torquay in September.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com