UKIP CRISIS: UKIP Was My Second Family But I Can’t Promote Henry Bolton
Editors Note: John Owen was Chairman of UKIP Walsall.
During the EU referendum, I was the leader of Leave.eu in Wolverhampton/Walsall and I worked very closely with UKIP members. As a result, I found a second family within UKIP.
Following our astonishing victory, and the connections made, I decided to join the party in July 2016. UKIP had a bright future and could claim the rights to winning the referendum. Nigel had left but a leadership election was on the cards and a new leader could revitalise the party and lead us in a new, post-Brexit, Britain. Paul Nuttall won, though I backed John-Rees Evans I was happy with his win.
In January 2017 I stood as chairman of the Walsall branch and was elected by a huge majority with a plan to get half a dozen councillors elected. My aim was to put the Walsall branch on the map. Then came Stoke and UKIP’s chance to prove they were still relevant following the Brexit win. Hundreds of activists jumped on trains, coaches and in their cars to converge on the great city of Stoke in order to get our first, from scratch, MP elected and show the establishment and Remoaners that we meant business. UKIP, despite targeting the wrong audience with the wrong message, had the seat in the bag. Then came the revelations about Paul Nuttall and his decades of lies and deceit. This cost us Stoke and the locals in May of that year. I contemplated leaving at this point but still believed in my second family and that we would pull through.
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Another leadership election was planned and this time Henry Bolton won. Despite the fact he had no plan he did promote the “family man” image and the same message as Paul of being a “safe pair of hands”. That message seems to be an omen of things to come with more revelations this time about Henry and his affair with a 25-year-old woman.
Following this, I have decided I cannot, and will not, campaign for Henry Bolton. A man, I’m struggling to call him that, who would leave his wife and children for a young woman whilst claiming to be a family man. As a leader of a right-wing patriotic party, he should be setting an example to the other members. UKIP should be a vanguard for family values and a promoter of Western values. They cannot under leaders like this and the UKIP establishment that has formed since Nigel left.
As a result, I have resigned as chairman of UKIP Walsall and as a member of the party.