THOUSANDS Of Veterans To FLOCK To UKIP If Batten Leads Party
A movement of over 15,000 veterans are considering joining UKIP en mass in the event that Gerard Batten, the party’s MEP for London, becomes interim leader.
Richard Inman, the group’s leader, told Kipper Central that they had met with Henry Bolton & Gerard Batten in London which is where they became convinced that Gerard’s leadership would bring their membership over to the pro-Brexit party.
However, their 16,000-strong group would not be prepared to join UKIP under Mr Bolton’s leadership because they feel that he is en route to “destroy” the party.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Batten said: “I was impressed by the large scale demonstration the Veterans and FLA organised a couple of months ago. It expressed genuine patriotism and concern. Just before the UKIP leadership crisis I met with some the movement’s representatives.
“We all agreed that in order for them to achieve anything they have to become politically active, or they will be ignored by the political establishment.
“They had two choices, form a new party or join an existing one; but I said it is easier and likely to be more effective joining with UKIP.
“UKIP has always supported our armed forces, police, prison service, and all in public service. I am very pleased that following our meeting they decided to voice their support for UKIP.
“UKIP has to transform itself into a mass movement in order to have influence. To do that we have to give a voice to the vast numbers of ordinary patriotic and traditionalist voters who are not represented by the old parties.”
In a statement, the group said: “We took the decision last Saturday to support UKIP and more specifically support Gerard Batten if he becomes interim leader of UKIP.
“His policies reflect the silent majority in this county. The forgotten people who pay their taxes love their country and are indeed the backbone of the UK. These are the muted and belittled voices of the UK.
“These are our voices and we believe a revived and reformed UKIP under the leadership of Batten is the best way to have our voices heard.
“This would obviously mean our support for UKIP is dependent on Henry Bolton either resigning or being forced to stand down as leader at or before the soon-to-be-held EGM of UKIP.
“We are not all members of UKIP yet, but we realize the damage Henry Bolton’s term as leader has done to the party; from an outside observer’s point of view, it looks like Bolton will destroy the party if he stays in place.”
It is thought that, when accounting for the various veterans groups that work together to campaign on issues like terrorism, there are over a million members of this fast-growing movement and if this movement were to latch itself on to UKIP, the party could see extraordinary growth back to its former glory.