BREAKING NEWS: Bolton challenges NEC over Anne Marie Waters right to stand
Henry Bolton OBE has initiated a formal challenge to the decision of UKIP’s National Executive Committe to allow the candidacy of Anne Marie Waters.
In a press release just sent out, Mr Bolton says:
“I believe the National Executive Committee’s decision to allow Anne Marie Waters to stand in the party’s leadership election is a violition of the party’s Rules of Procedure. As such, the Committees decision is a violition of the party’s contract with myself and the other candidates”
However, it is unclear what Mr Bolton expects the outcome of this challenge to be. He goes onto state that he has initiated this challenge to preserve the “governance and future of the party” but that a priority for the new leader must take steps to ensure that “integrity” of the party is not compromised again. So, whether the intended outcome is to push for a reconsideration or merely to register a public protest is unclear. Watch this space for more!
John Rees-Evans has come out against Bolton’s statement, saying:
“The membership of UKIP are perfectly capable of deciding what is best for the party. After all, they are the party. We do not need an oligarchy to make these decisions for us. The membership are under no illusion as to what Anne Marie stands for and what will be the implications for the party in the event that she were ever to lead us. Whether or not Anne Marie becomes the leader of our party should be the result of a democratic expression of the people, not a clever manipulation of a vague Constitution and Rule Book that are in desperate need of revision and which may be interpreted whichever way the cleverest lawyer in the room is able to argue.
“Anne Marie Waters must stay on the ballot, and the party leadership must trust its members to do the right thing.”
Kipper Central has contacted other leadership candidates to comment on this matter.