EXCLUSIVE: Gerard Batten’s New UKIP Spokesmen Revealed
Kipper Central has seen Gerard Batten’s team of Spokesmen who will remain in their positions while Gerard is interim leader.
Edit: Gerard has informed Kipper Central that this list is incomplete and that more announcements will follow shortly.
While not featuring on the UKIP Spokesmen section of the website just yet, we understand that the list is official.
The team, while mostly featuring very similar names and positions to infamous leader Henry Bolton’s set of appointments, is very small to be more efficient and does feature a few interesting new choices.
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Big names such as David Kurten – who came third in the last leadership contest – and former Deputy Leader Peter Whittle have remained in their posts of Education Spokesman and London Spokesman respectively.
The interim leader (Mr Batten) and deputy leader (Mike Hookem MEP) have both kept their positions as Brexit and Fisheries Spokesmen respectively, despite disgraced leader Henry Bolton facing criticism for giving himself a role in 2017.
Also keeping their positions are Stuart Agnew MEP on Agriculture, Ray Finch MEP on Foreign Affairs (though he has dropped his housing portfolio), Jonathan Bullock MEP on Energy, Julia Reid MEP on Health, William Dartmouth MEP on International Trade, Ernie Warrender on Small Business and Jill Seymour MEP on Transport.
However, new appointments include Dave Moreland to Home Affairs and Stephen Bush to Industry, both of whom will be largely new faces to the party membership.
The position of Security & Defence Spokesman remains unfilled and will be announced shortly. We believe that this is likely to go to one of the leaders of Veterans Against Terrorism.
Notably, there are no YI members on the list and a number of key faces appear to be missing, including former Deputy Leader Margot Parker and Former Leadership candidate Ben Walker, among others.
Interestingly, a number of key positions have also disappeared including Local Government, Culture, Work & Pensions, Environment and Housing, many of which are very key issues.
While a position that has not existed in the past, there have been many calls for a Youth Affairs Spokesman, a position which would be incredibly key following the Telford scandal. This does not feature on the list of spokesmen.
The full list of appointments can be seen below: