WATCH: “Not Good Enough!!” – LBC Caller DESTROYS Henry Bolton Live On Air
Henry Bolton was left shocked after an LBC caller barraged the UKIP Leader with a series of things he’d got wrong since elected into the position, including a 900% fee increase for young members and the collapse of UKIP’s three best branches.
The caller – Reece Coombes – is the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP’s youth wing and is the owner of UKIP blog Kipper Central.
Reece said: “I want to make clear first of all that I don’t care what happened with Jo [Marney], I don’t care about any of that.”
“What I do care about”, Reece continued, “is the 900% fee increase of young members.
“What I do care about is the lack of action on the two campaigns you’ve launched as leader; Save Our Sevices and Out Now. I’ve not heard anything since the launch of either campaign.
“What I do care about is the fact that our three best branches are falling apart! Thurrock; every councillor has left the party and is sitting as an independent, Hartlepool; all of our candidates for the upcoming elections are now independent, and then Thanet; Thanet is divided in two. First of all you said you wouldn’t intervene, then you intervened and now we’ve got half of our councillors defecting and it’s looking like we’re losing our only local government in the whole country.
“I don’t care what happens in your private life but your leadership of UKIP, frankly, for me, isn’t good enough.”
Mr Bolton then responded to Reece saying: “Yeah, that’s interesting Reece because the councillors in Hartlepool along with our MEP from that area Jonathan Arnott have basically said that they are sick and tired of the infighting within the party.
“Jonathan Arnott has said he’s because he doesn’t believe the party can be fixed because of its infighting. That is the problem and indeed this, as you will know Reece, has been going on for a very long time.
“What’s happening now is that I want to change the constitution; I want to introduce for the first time a full and precise code of conduct for the party so that we can actually deal with this going forward. That has shaken the tree and there are a number of people who’ve fallen out and revealed themselves for what they are. They need to be dealt with, we need to unite the party and we need to project our politics.”
Mr Bolton later accused Reece of being “out of touch” because of his concerns about the three top branches “falling apart”, which was followed by this Tweet:
Perhaps, Mr Bolton, it’s you who is out of touch for not recognising this great problem which we face and for attempting to shift the blame.
— Reece Coombes 🇬🇧 (@ReeceUKIP) February 12, 2018