LEADERSHIP LATEST: Bolton Wants Kurten as Deputy and JRE Confirms He’ll Work With Anne Marie Waters


The UKIP Leadership election has taken yet another unexpected turn this evening as leadership candidates start announcing and hinting at their leadership teams during a hustings in Birmingham.

Henry Bolton has announced that in the event he wins, he’ll appoint David Kurten as his deputy. He said “…however, I can say, that I would want – and I’ve already told him – David Kurten as my deputy.” This is likely to help him win over many undecided voters but could also put some off from UKIP’s large LGBT group, who tried to take Kurten’s name off the ballot because of his traditional views on certain LGBT issues which were revealed in a Support 4 The Family survey.

Interestingly, John Rees-Evans has announced that he’ll work with Anne Marie Waters if elected, which could mean she’d have a spokesman role or simply that he’ll listen to hear thoughts and bear them in mind as leader. Either way, it shows that John is attempting to win over her supporters. While he will probably succeed to some extent on this front, it’s possible that he’ll put more moderate voters off with the gesture, which will be seen as pandering to extremism by some.

In other news, ballot papers have now arrived in most regions, with many who’d not received their ballot last week finding it on their doorstep this morning, including those in the South West where all the ballots in the region arrived this morning.

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Reece Coombes

As a 16-year-old member of UKIP with a cardboard Nigel Farage cut-out in his bedroom, Reece is hardly your bog-standard student, but he cherishes his independent thinking as his greatest strength. Reece is the founder and owner of Kipper Central, a UKIP community blog with thousands of daily hits and is also the Deputy Chairman of Young Independence, UKIP's youth wing, where he works hard to promote Brexit and radical thinking to young people across Britain.

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4 Responses

  1. Barrie Greratorex says:

    It sounds like self interested groups i.e LGBT ,anti Islam are forming ,if this does happen then UKIP is finished and a great chance lost forever. A new Party will have to emerge, one that cannot be taken over by minority groups, this is what is happening to the 3 main partys. It will be the end of the “Peoples army” as pandering to minorities is the sickness engulfing our Country. A firm statement is required that this will not be allowed to destroy UKIP and those standing for leadership do so on their own merits.

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