Young Independence Executive & National Councils Dissolved Amid Leaks and Far Left Threats
UKIP’s youth wing, Young Independence (YI) has had a pretty rough week – from far left threats which forced them to cancel their conference, to discovering a leak within their ranks. That’s why last Saturday, the executive council of YI voted to dissolve the YI Executive Council (including the Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Treasurer, Secretary, Media Officer and Events Officer) and the YI National Council (comprising of the Executive Council as well as the Regional YI Chairmen). The functions of YI will be under the remit of the party’s National Executive Committee until the end of July under the motion which was proposed by the ex-YI Chairman, Jamie Ross McKenzie.
The motion, which was voted for 5-0 in the YI Executive Council, reads:
“Due to security reasons and breaches of confidence, as well as the difficult environment created by a party leadership election, The Young Independence Council be temporarily dissolved. As a result, Young Independence will be under the control of the party National Executive Committee (NEC) and the party Chairman.This will be effective until the end of October, with an official date for the election of a new YI Chairman and Council to be decided by the NEC. There will then be a new election for the new Chairman and council of Young Independence.”
YI’s Treasurer (until the above motion was passed), Jonathan Wood, has since left the YI Official Facebook group, ‘YI Hub’ temporarily to take a short break, before returning within a few days. Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Jonathan said:
“Having been right at the very centre of a very turbulent week for YI, I opted to take a break from politics for a week or two, and come back ready for the final weeks of the leadership elections and the subsequent YI Chairman elections and as a result, I left YI Hub. Having now seen that such a break was unfeasible, I have rejoined YI Hub (after a 36 hour absence) and am actively involved in politics again with the hope and prayer that this time in a few months UKIP and YI will find themselves in considerably stronger positions”
In addition to all the troubles, the identity of the group’s leaker is still unknown.
In a statement to members, Jamie Ross McKenzie said:
I will be staying in UKIP at least until the leadership elections. If JRE doesn’t win, I will probably leave, as I cannot foresee the party having a viable future under any of the other candidates at this stage, despite what merits they may or may not have. Indeed, part of the reason for the council’s decision is we can already foresee a proxy war using YI in the current leadership election as occurred in the first election in 2016. The infighting one sees and hears when one is part of a leadership campaign and/or close to the management of the party makes one aware of the intrinsic problems, some of which I now see as close to irreparable.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Nate Rydings (the ex-YI Events Officer and Executive member) said:
These are unfortunate circumstances we find ourselves in, however, I believe the members of YI will make the best choice for the future come the next YI Chairman Elections. Infiltrators and leakers will not be tolerated in YI, especially when they endanger the lives of our young members. I see a positive future for the party and for YI.
Proponents of the move have argued that YI needs a more experienced sailor to guide the ship through rocky waters and that the NEC are best option but critics would argue that it is anti-democratic and the solution should simply be the election of a new YI Chairman. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!