DOUBLE DEFECTION: Ex-Kipper Returns To The Fold As Tory Bullies Try To Silence Criticism Of Mays Brexit Sell-Out
Clair Felton-Braund was a committed UKIP activist, so much so that she was known as ‘UKIPClair’. She joined UKIP in 2013, she was Branch Chair of Central & Birmingham Branch and also Regional Secretary. She stood in local elections for UKIP in Birmingham and in 2015 was a Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Birmingham Ladywood, saving her deposit in what is a notoriously difficult area for UKIP to make a breakthrough. Clair also supported Bill Etheridge MEP and his team, joining them for many leafletting sessions, and on the night of June 23rd 2016 was to be found partying long into the night to celebrate the historic victory for Leave.
However, things started to go downhill from there, ongoing farcical leadership shenanigans, lack of direction and concern over “certain elements within the Party driving policy” in an anti-Muslim direction turned her away from the Party she loved. She started to see the Conservative Party as the most realistic way of achieving Brexit. So, at the start of this year, UKIP lost Clair and in doing so lost a committed activist who had given her all for the Party.
Never one to do things by halves, she applied to be a Conservative candidate for her local council, despite feeling a nagging sense of being distant from the Party she now sought to represent, Clair persevered. She rejected a suggestion that she join the Conservative Ladies Association and questioned why she felt this way. Was it because she came from UKIP? Was it because she was a single mother or was she simply too committed to the Brexit cause for the liking of the Conservative Party?
June 2017 and Theresa May’s snap-election rolled around. Clair was deeply disappointed with the manifesto that Mrs May took to the country. It contained deeply unfair policies on adult social care and she saw no incentive for people to work, buy their own house or save money. It was, in the words of Clair’s resignation letter, an “elitist” manifesto; devoid of any concern for the ‘Just About Managing’ people that Clair herself helped to support and Mrs May claimed to want to represent.
Theresa The Appeaser’s infamous Florence capitulation was the final straw. Brexit was being delayed until 2021 and maybe beyond. Clair took straight to social media to voice her concerns. Her Association Chairman demanded she removed the offending posts. In her resignation letter, Clair takes up the story:
I was told in no uncertain terms that any criticism of the Theresa May and her leadership is not tolerated from an approved local government candidate in ‘our Party’.
Clair realised that there is only one political party that truly believes in and is committed to a clean Brexit and tonight it has been the pleasure of Bill Etheridge [pictured above with Clair] to welcome Clair back home, to UKIP.
Many thousands of people up and down the country, committed Brexiteers, will now be realising the same thing that Clair did. Now is the time for UKIP to reach out to these people and bring them home where they belong. We at Kipper Central want to hear more stories like that of Clair so please get in touch and share this story so that people can see that if you want Brexit there is only one true political home and one Party that represents Brexiteers and that is UKIP.