EXCLUSIVE: UKIP Re-organisation Orchestrated by Paul Nuttall’s Leadership Campaign Manager
Kipper Central can exclusively reveal that the Paul Oakden’s party re-structure is being organised and led by Noel Matthews, who was Paul Nuttall’s campaign manager during his leadership bid at the end of 2016. While it is unclear if Noel had an official title during Paul’s campaign, he played the role of a campaign manager – organising events, gathering support and promoting policies; messages etc.
In an email to party members, Noel said
“I have been given the exciting responsibility of devising a structure which can best represent the party, on the ground, to it’s members and activists.”
The main changes are that the Regional Officer role has been replaced by the mildly less powerful Regional Controller, who has delegated authority from the party chairman and is in charge of organising and running their region. They will be assisted by the County Chairmen in their region, who will manage campaigning within their county, and the Regional Communications Manager, who will ensure there is a continuing flow of information between members, branches and leadership.
Furthermore, the South West and South East regions will be split into North and South smaller regions to make them more ‘manageable’.
This will cause anger within UKIP because Nuttall is widely regarded as an unsuccessful leader and the fact that the man who oversaw him getting into that position is now overseeing the entire structure of UKIP will be a matter of great concern for many members. It will also cause discontent among some members who are concerned Steve Crowther, Paul Oakden and now Noel Matthews are making huge changes to the party and its structure without first consulting the members. Many hold the view that if a restructure is to take place (as is the consensus view), it must do so after the new leader is in place because then the members will have had a say in the process.
However, many members, both grassroots and leadership, would argue that we simply do not have time to waste and we just need to get on with the restructure before it’s too late.
Either way, this is going to cause a big row in the party and the new leader will have a big challenge of asserting their authority over these new changes which have been done without their consent, whoever it may be.
UPDATE: Noel has commented on this post saying:
“Flattered as I am that Paul’s success in becoming UKIP leader has here been attributed entirely to my campaign management skills, I can tell you that this restructure has been in the making since Steve Crowther was chairman and it is pure coincidence that as one of the last officials standing I get to see it through.
Your comment about getting on with it is the opinion I share. The UKIP ship needs to be seaworthy regardless of who the Captain is and I am very pleased to be playing my part in that.”