Craig To Bolton: Fulfill Your Promise And Appoint Kurten
Editors Note: We received this letter this morning from David Kurten’s former Campaign Manager, Alan Craig. We have contacted LGBTQ In UKIP and asked for a comment.
I write as David Kurten’s campaign manager during the leadership election to ask that you fulfill your election pledge and appoint David as deputy leader of UKIP. I have heard increasingly over the past few days that you have decided not to do so because some members LGBT in UKIP have threatened to leave the party if you do. IMO to not appoint David as your deputy would be a game-changing mistake:
- It is never a good leadership to give in to blackmail, especially when – as in this case – it would involve breaking your word to do so and you are the recently-elected leader who necessarily has yet to establish yourself as the strong leader of integrity that is required.
- As you will have seen at the Torquay conference if you sat in on his speeches, David is now widely (even wildly) popular amongst members and his socially conservative views, including about traditional versus gay marriage, are representative of the ordinary membership and received an outstanding response and standing ovation. Many of these supporters now firmly expect you to appoint David as your deputy because of your pledge. Others who could not decide between you and David voted for you because your pledge meant that they would get “two for the price of one” as someone said.
- The LGBT in UKIP group are no friends of yours. Following your election, one of their leaders tweeted that the wrong person had been elected and that therefore he would cease working for the party; and that, further, if you appointed David as your deputy he would immediately leave the party.
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Henry, I strongly urge you at this early stage in your leadership to show yourself a man of your word; as you promised, appoint David as your deputy.
With warm regards,