Twelve Names Now In Race To Become New UKIP Leader
As the race to become the new leader of UKIP hots up, with the deadline for nominations approaching next week, Alt-Politics.com understands that there are now TWELVE members of the party that have declared an intention to put themselves forward. Here is a brief description of the current known runners and riders:
JOHN REES-EVANS (also main photo above): Cardiff based digital communications expert basing his campaign on Direct Democracy. A strong ‘dark horse’ contender.
ANNE MARIE-WATERS: Director of Sharia Watch but has fought off accusations that she is a ‘one trick pony’ and has developed a full range of policies. Strong contender.
PETER WHITTLE: Current Deputy Leader and London AM. Well spoken and articulate, with a mainstream UKIP opinion. May suffer from being seen as the ‘establishment’ candidate.
DAVID KURTEN: If elected the London AM would be the first ever black leader of a UK political party. Has the backing of Arron Banks Leave.EU organization but still faces a tough battle.
BEN WALKER: Young and dynamic, Ben is conducting a strong social media campaign. Pretty impressive but probably one for the future.
BILL ETHERIDGE: The current MEP is the out and out libertarian choice amongst the candidates, which will win him some traditional support. Not expected to be a serious contender.
DAVID ALLEN: Kent based long time activist basing his campaign on electoral reform. Some interesting ideas but not expected to feature.
DAVID COBURN: UKIP’s leader in Scotland, MEP Coburn is another one with a classical liberal approach. Charismatic but also eccentric he is a rank outsider.
MIKE HOOKEM: Established MEP with some strong views but infamous as the man who floored Steven Woolfe with THAT punch and so seen by many as too much of a liability.
JANE COLLINS: The MEP has confused some by entering the race and at the time of compiling this report we are unable to establish her motives.
AIDAN POWLESLAND: Another libertarian arguing for a much smaller state. Seen as a no-hoper in the contest by most.
HENRY BOLTON OBE: A former tank soldier, policeman and diplomat. His priorities are to professionalise the party and its structures, and to remain patriotic whilst avoiding discrimination and extremism.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com