UKIP Somerset Committee UNANIMOUSLY Votes Against Leader Henry Bolton
Meeting yesterday morning, the UKIP Somerset County Committee held a motion of no confidence in the party’s leader, Henry Bolton.
After discussing Henry’s attitude towards Young Independence, his persistent lies and the lack of action on the two national campaigns launched under his leadership, the committee voted unanimously for the motion of no confidence.
Somerset, unlike many other areas of the country, does not face local elections this May but will see their councillors up for reelection in 2018 and 2019.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Helen Hims – the Chairman of UKIP Somerset – said: “Our unanimous vote of no confidence in Henry Bolton was made for the following reasons:
“1) In the sales pitch Henry put forward to be elected, he claimed that he would: “Immediately embark on putting the party in a firm financial position”: “Project the party to become a dominant influence in British politics”: “Establish robust, immediate plans to drive change and progress”: “Make UKIP the flag-bearer of choice for all Leave campaigners” and “Be an energetic and effective pro-Brexit figurehead.”
“In all these areas there has been virtually no progress: No sweeping changes, no financial backers, no public or media presence and no clear party policies or message. Henry has been virtually invisible and the party has gone from bad to worse.
“2) Henry also campaigned on the platform of being an upstanding family man with an excellent career and no ‘nasty baggage’. He spoke with pride about his family and his supportive wife. The shocking revelations regarding his personal life over Christmas, were an enormous blow, and shattered many members’ confidence in Henry. The further scandal surrounding the vile, racist comments made by his girlfriend, were the last straw.
“UKIP, as a party has strived for many years to rid itself unjust labels, and yet here, was our leader in a relationship with an unmistakable racist. This on its own has undone many years of hard work by activists and members. The way he handled the situation in the media was embarrassing, unprofessional and caused untold damage to the party.
“3) In October Henry said: “I entered this knowing I wasn’t paid” and went on to say he would consider selling his family home if necessary. Now he is complaining to the press (incorrectly) that the Party Treasurer has stopped his salary.
“4) For 115 days Henry appeared to do nothing of substance, but the very day after the NEC passed a vote of no confidence in him, he suddenly decides to challenge the NEC and put forward ‘sweeping constitutional reform’. These big statements are simply a red herring; a diversion tactic to buy him time and deflect from his failings, and the fact that he has brought the party into disrepute. The fact is that such changes can only be made by a further long-drawn-out, costly plebiscite process, and certainly not at the EGM which has been called, which can only endorse or reject the NEC’s decision.
“In conclusion, members present found themselves unable to support the continued leadership of Henry Bolton, and although another leadership election is most unwelcome, it was deemed to be less damaging to the party than the continued leadership of Mr Bolton.”
Also speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Godfrey Davis – the Treasurer of UKIP Somerset – said: “The unanimous vote of no confidence in Henry Bolton at the meeting of Somerset county meeting had actually nothing to do with his private life (unsavoury as it is ) it was to do with both his handling of it and the constant lying both during and after the leadership election.
He stated he was happily married to his second wife (who turned out to be his third) with two young children, ex-army, police and civil service and a good safe pair of moral hands to run UKIP (no mention of policies of course).
We do not need to go into the details but he lied about that, he lied about giving his mistress up and not seeing her, he lied about having no office or being paid while drawing expenses from UKIP and what else has he lied about. He is not even politically experience enough to realise that it is lies in politics that bring you down not morals.
It was felt that at best he was totally incompetent and at worse was put in to destroy UKIP, either way, he had to go. “