Young Independence Declares CRISIS After “Dismissive” Meeting With Henry Bolton
Young Independence (YI) late last night published a statement officially declaring Young Independence in a “crisis period” after a meeting with party leader Henry Bolton, in which Henry was “dismissive” according to YI.
YI Chairman Nathan Ryding has set up a coalition including members from all ‘factions’ within YI to work with party leader Henry to implement changes to the way YI is treated by the party.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Nathan said: “I am glad that everyone in YI is united behind this cause – YI has so much to offer to UKIP but the relationship has to go both ways. I am extremely supportive of everything Henry pledged during his campaign (and Torquay Conference) and I desperately want to work with Henry towards these wonderful ideas. Sadly, there has been no progress – despite my numerous attempts to work with the leadership – and something has to change. I hope our new stance on this can spark a new period of cooperation between the UKIP leadership and YI.”
On Friday, Nathan was due to meet with Henry and Paul Oakden, the party chairman, but Henry was late by over two hours, leaving Nathan to discuss various YI matters with Paul. They together agreed on a compromise on the membership fees and many other issues which were important to YI and both sides were very happy with the agreement. However, Henry arrived at the meeting and said no to everything that was agreed, refusing any deal whatsoever.
At the party’s conference in September 2017, speaking to the YI Fringe Event, Henry said: “I intend to appoint that person [elected YI Chairman] as my spokesman on Youth Affairs”, adding: “there will be a spokesman on youth affairs”. The event was recorded by Kipper Central and published on the Facebook page here.
At that event, he also said: “As a party, we have a responsibility to help you guys get yourselves more exposed to politics and policy-making”.
In the statement, Nathan said: “YI must not be forgotten or deserted by the UKIP leadership. We are the future of this great party and it’s time that the leadership learned that.”
Also speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, former YI Chairman Jamie Ross-McKenzie said: “I’m glad that YI has come together during this time. It is important we show a united front to confront an issue which threatens the very existence of a viable YI. The youth wing has since the EU Referendum been ignored, shunted and at times been treated with downright contempt by the party hierarchy. It needs to be listened to and nurtured, with incentives given for young people to join and become enthusiastic activists for the cause.”
The statement also said: “As a result of what has taken place, we unfortunately have no agreement with the national party on membership fees. We would like you to be aware that the Executive Council is acting on this, and we have established an updated clause within the Constitution which allows for a ‘crisis coalition’ under the Chairman’s supervision. This coalition has been unanimously approved by the YI Executive Council, and, we are taking steps to ensure that our proposals are brought before the NEC on Monday at their meeting.
“I will be speaking to Paul on the phone tomorrow and I will still be proposing the membership fee we agreed on to the NEC. I am sure Jake will have something to say about the meeting as well, I will leave you all to judge this for yourselves, but I must say all members of the Executive Council aren’t pleased with the situation we find ourselves in.”