LEADERSHIP LATEST: Bolton Wants Kurten as Deputy and JRE Confirms He’ll Work With Anne Marie Waters
The UKIP Leadership election has taken yet another unexpected turn this evening as leadership candidates start announcing and hinting at their leadership teams during a hustings in Birmingham.
Henry Bolton has announced that in the event he wins, he’ll appoint David Kurten as his deputy. He said “…however, I can say, that I would want – and I’ve already told him – David Kurten as my deputy.” This is likely to help him win over many undecided voters but could also put some off from UKIP’s large LGBT group, who tried to take Kurten’s name off the ballot because of his traditional views on certain LGBT issues which were revealed in a Support 4 The Family survey.
Interestingly, John Rees-Evans has announced that he’ll work with Anne Marie Waters if elected, which could mean she’d have a spokesman role or simply that he’ll listen to hear thoughts and bear them in mind as leader. Either way, it shows that John is attempting to win over her supporters. While he will probably succeed to some extent on this front, it’s possible that he’ll put more moderate voters off with the gesture, which will be seen as pandering to extremism by some.
In other news, ballot papers have now arrived in most regions, with many who’d not received their ballot last week finding it on their doorstep this morning, including those in the South West where all the ballots in the region arrived this morning.