BREAKING: Tony McIntyre Confirmed As New UKIP Chairman Under Gerard Batten
Tony McIntyre has today been confirmed as the new UKIP Chairman under Gerard Batten’s Interim leadership after a vote in the party’s National Executive Meeting this afternoon voted in favour of his appointment.
Tony was, until today, the Chairman of the South West UKIP Region and has stood for parliament for UKIP twice; in 2015 and in 2017.
Proposed to be replacing McIntyre as South West UKIP Chairman, at least on a temporary basis, is Richard Ford, who is currently the Chairman of the UKIP Gloucestershire County and the UKIP Gloucester branch.
Speaking to Kipper Central, Richard said: “We are delighted that Gerard Batten has decided to offer Tony McIntyre the important and challenging role of National Chairman and that Tony has accepted. Tony has been an outstanding Regional Chairman in the South West, always available with advice and support for branches and members. He goes to London with our very best wishes — we are sure that he will do an excellent job.”
Mr McIntyre’s appointment represents a decisive shift in attitude from Gerard’s leadership from the last one, as he has chosen a grassroots member who has risen in the ranks through years of hard work and campaigning to be party Chairman and this will likely give a big boost to Batten’s popularity internally.
Various other names have been running through the rumour mill for a few days now, though Tony’s was one that came up most frequently. Mr Batten has spoken to a number of individuals, including Alan Craig, about the position but obviously narrowed the selection down to Tony in the end.