UKIP’s Young Independence Appoints 4 New Regional Chairmen
Despite many wrongly claiming UKIP has no purpose, the youth wing, Young Independence, is only strengthening. This was shown just yesterday when Will Donnelly, the secretary, announced the appointment of four new Regional Chairmen, in a statement which has been widely regarded as proving right those optimistic about the party’s future.
Speaking to Kipper Central, Will Donnelly, the Young Independence Secretary, said “I’m delighted that we have managed to recruit four excellent new members to the YI National Council. We have got members on board who have shown great enthusiasm, even in this challenging time, that we can’t wait to get to work with. We have filled the positions of London, Northern Ireland, the South East and the West Midlands.”
London Chairman – Ryan Coshall
Speaking to Kipper Central, Ryan said “My plan as YI London Chairman is to recruit as many new YI members as possible. I also plan to stay in contact with YI London members on a regular basis to ensure that we improve our membership engagement. I feel joyful on getting this role as I believe that I will be able to do an excellent job as YI London Chairman and improve our YI National Council.”
Will Donnelly added “London is a key area for the party where we currently have two London Assembly members, both of whom are standing for the leadership. We are very fortunate that our new London Chairman, Ryan Coshall, has a good working relationship with these two members and the UKIP London Regional Chairman, Freddy Vachha.”
Northern Ireland Chairman – David McClure
David said “Young Independence in Northern Ireland has dropped by the way side and it needs a complete rebranding and a new spirit of life which I propose to bring. I have been a member of UKIP for just over 4 years and during that time I have held multiple roles in YI. The roles that I carried out were Deputy Chairman of Chester YI, Chester YI Secretary, North West University Officer and YI Cheshire County Chairman.”
He continued to say “My plans for YI in Northern Ireland are as follows to make is fit and fighting reading for elections, to restructure and rebrand YI in Northern Ireland, increase the number of active YI members in Northern Ireland, create links between YI and the main branch in Northern Ireland and to attract important party members to come to Northern Ireland.”
Will added “We’re also delighted that David McClure takes up the position of YI Northern Ireland Chairman. This is an area that we have not had much presence in recently and it is fantastic that we will be able to revive this with David as well as working with the national party in Northern Ireland.”
South East Chairman – Terry Allen
Terry said “I’m very happy to receive this position and I intend on appointing as many county and local representatives as possible to increase the YI presence in communities and make sure that we have a strong YI action team at every election that takes place. I will endeavour to increase engagement in popular places for young people and increase YI members in those areas. I’ll do my best to ensure that Young Independence plays a key role in both party and domestic politics.”
West Midlands Chairman – Rob Jones
“The Job of YI West Midlands Chairman was in need of someone stepping forward and I needed doing and I saw it as my duty to stand. We needed someone to step up and take responsibility in such a UKIP strong land. It will not be an easy task, as UKIP is not at its best currently but we have dealt with worse. I will focus on communication with members, the required administration and expanding the group.”
Will Donnelly also said “The South East and West Midlands have been strong UKIP areas for many years with the party winning four seats in South East England and three seats in the West Midlands in the 2014 European elections. We have a strong support base in both of these areas and our two new Chairman, Terry Allen and Rob Jones, have been long serving party members. They will be able to work well with local branches to ensure that YI becomes a strong force once again.”
Even though some might say UKIP is dead, the youthful element is only getting stronger! If they are the future, the future most certainly will be very purple indeed!