UKIP LEADERSHIP: Give Me One Year – Batten To Members
Gerard Batten MEP, UKIPs Interim Leader has written to members this morning saying that he intends to stand for the full leadership but only serve a one year term.
Mr Batten, who is now the bookies favourite to be the permanent leader, said that although our immediate financial situation has stabilised “entirely due to the generosity of our members”, we are “not out of the woods yet”.
He pointed out that a leadership election would cost “upwards of £30,000” and offered a solution:
I am prepared to stand as Leader and hold office for the next twelve months.
give me and my colleagues the time to put the Party on a sound footing financially, organisationally and politically. It will also see us past the date when Britain is supposed to leave the European Union – 29th March 2019.
All eyes will now be looking around to see if anyone else puts themselves forward. Certainly, it is encouraging that Mr Batten has made this offer publicly rather than in a darkened room which is often the way the leadership of the Party is conducted. Will anyone else stand? Watch this space!!