UKIP CRISIS BREAKING: Batten Offers Services As Interim
Gerard Batten MEP, speaking moments ago on BBC Breakfast, has said that he will offer his services as interim leader of the Party.
He said that he was now refusing to back Henry Bolton as the leader because his position was now “untenable” as the situation had “moved on”. He said that he spoke to Mr Bolton on Friday and said that it was time to go but that Mr Bolton thought he could still “turn the situation around”.
Explaining his reasons for offering his services, he said that the Party was now becoming a “laughing stock” and that if Henry Bolton was still the leader on Monday the Party would lose many “members activists and donors” and that his continued leadership would “jeopardise the existence of the Party”.
He skewered the argument that Mr Bolton should stay on due to UKIP’s financial inability to sustain an Extraordinary General Meeting and if required a new leadership contest. Mr Bolton has claimed that he must stay as the leader as there is not enough money for either an EGM or new leadership contest, however, Mr Batten told the BBC that he had spoke to the Treasurer on Friday and had been advised this is not the case.
Mr Batten said that if the NEC decided to select either himself or Mike Hookem MEP then they would both work together for the good of the Party.