Veteran Leader & Batten SLAM Bolton Over “Shaky” Story On Veterans Meeting LIVE On LBC
UKIP leader Henry Bolton has come under fire from UKIP MEP Gerard Batten and Veterans Against Terrorism leader Richard Inman after Henry claimed that he had initiated Gerard Batten’s contact with Richard and his group of veterans yesterday on LBC.
Last month, Veterans Against Terrorism announced that they would flock to UKIP in their thousands if Gerard Batten becomes interim leader, but said that Henry will “destroy” the party if he is allowed to stay on as the leader.
Richard Inman, leader of Veterans against terrorism said that Mr Bolton’s claim (at 24:50 minutes into the video) that he had initiated contact with the Veterans group and had instructed Mr Batten to liaise with them is false and that the contact was in fact initiated by Batten himself along with Cliff Dixon, another activist.
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Richard said in Facebook post: “Henry is clearly confused, this is not a truthful account of our interactions with UKIP.
“The reality is that the initiative to get the veterans group engaged with UKIP came from Cliff Dixon and Gerard Batten, they contacted us in October and we started discussions then, after they read our mission statement on our website, we also realized we would need a political direction and were reaching out to UKIP through other avenues.
“Henry Bolton did NOT initiate that contact and was only involved in talks when we met Gerard for the second time in January.
“A disinterested Bolton met us for 10 – 20 minutes before leaving for a weekend on the Yorkshire coast. We discussed our plans with Gerard for several hours and then went for a pint, I repeat this initiative was NOT instigated by Bolton, but by Cliff Dixon and Gerard Batten.”
UKIP MEP and potential interim leader of the party Gerard Batten has also hit out at Mr Bolton’s account of the events.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Mr Batten said: “It’s not true.
“After their big march in London last year I asked Cliff Dixon to put me in touch with their leaders, which he kindly did.
“I then contacted them and had a meeting with two key people from the Veterans and FLA in Birmingham at the end of last year.
“I told Henry about this and asked him to meet them, to which he agreed.
“From that I organised a further meeting with half a dozen of their representatives in London for Saturday 13th January.
“Henry came but could only stay for the first 15 minutes. I stayed for a further two hours of talks.
“Within a week it became obvious to me and many others that Henry’s position was untenable.
“The Veterans & FLA are interested in UKIP but said that no further discussions are worthwhile while Henry is Leader.