Editors Note: We received the below from one of our regular correspondents, Alan Craig and in order to widen the debate and involve the membership we republish below.
Dear UKIP colleague,
The party has just been through two months of hell and is now in need of both stability and time for healing.
This week the leader of the UKIP group on the London Assembly, Peter Whittle, suggested on Twitter that it would be insane to go through another leadership contest with the May elections on the horizon, and proposed that the Interim Leader, Gerard Batten, should be appointed for an extended period of 6 months (180 days).
Some responded online with a heartfelt “Yes, let’s do it.”
Others said it is constitutionally impossible. Gerard has just 90 days. Full stop.
A few – not, it seems, friends of UKIP – said with glee that UKIP is dead and who cares?
Personally, I reckon that where there’s a will there’s a way. And where there’s goodwill, there’s a good way out of the current difficulties. So I’d be grateful for your views and suggestions about extending the Interim Leader’s term.
Please note: I do not represent Gerard, nor the NEC, nor Peter Whittle. I am just a normal UKIP member who, like most, is committed to seeing the party grow, thrive and stop in its tracks the Tory betrayal over Brexit.
I look forward to hearing from you.
With warm best wishes,