BREAKING NEWS: Anne Marie Waters stays on ballot
The NEC has voted within the last hour and the verdict is that Anne Marie Waters STAYS on the ballot. UPDATE: Kipper Central understands there was no vote but Mr Bolton withdrew his challenge BEFORE the NEC voted.
Democracy has triumphed for now in the humble opinion of this author but will Mr Bolton and his supporters be satisfied? Will they now move to the courts?
Congratulations due to the NEC for taking the right decision but this story still rumbles on. More to follow!
UPDATE: Kipper Central understands that Henry Bolton OBE has withdrawn his petition to remove Ms Waters from the ballot – CONFIRMED – Bolton issues Press Release saying withdrawal determined by threat of “counter legal action” but condemns “unforgivable” act by the NEC in allowing Waters to stand and says that the NEC “no longer carries the confidence of the Party” and that it’s reform “can no longer be put off”.
UPDATE: Jane Collins MEP has said on Facebook she is “very concerned” about any potential legal challenge to have Ms Waters removed as it “shows worrying concern for the gerrymandering of the democratic process within this party”.
UPDATE: John Rees-Evans has praised Henry Bolton for withdrawing his legal challenge saying he wished to “applaud” his “moral courage” and “straightforwardness”.