UKIP CRISIS BREAKING: Batten Offers Services As Interim

Gerard Batten MEP, speaking moments ago on BBC Breakfast, has said that he will offer his services as interim leader of the Party.

He said that he was now refusing to back Henry Bolton as the leader because his position was now “untenable” as the situation had “moved on”. He said that he spoke to Mr Bolton on Friday and said that it was time to go but that Mr Bolton thought he could still “turn the situation around”.

Explaining his reasons for offering his services, he said that the Party was now becoming a “laughing stock” and that if Henry Bolton was still the leader on Monday the Party would lose many “members activists and donors” and that his continued leadership would “jeopardise the existence of the Party”.

He skewered the argument that Mr Bolton should stay on due to UKIP’s financial inability to sustain an Extraordinary General Meeting and if required a new leadership contest. Mr Bolton has claimed that he must stay as the leader as there is not enough money for either an EGM or new leadership contest, however, Mr Batten told the BBC that he had spoke to the Treasurer on Friday and had been advised this is not the case.

Mr Batten said that if the NEC decided to select either himself or Mike Hookem MEP then they would both work together for the good of the Party.


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9 Responses

  1. Mick mcgough says:



  2. Naomi says:

    Excellent post Darrell. You have done good work over the last three weeks of this torrid affair.

  3. David Alle says:

    I would be surprised if Gerard’s first act wasn’t to unilaterally ditch the new logo. If he wants to do this I would suggest that members views should be sought first.

  4. J.L.Kay says:

    Dear Darrell Goodliffe
    In regard to Mr Batten’s comments, he is absolutely correct in asserting that if Mr Bolton stays on, many more people will continue to leave UKIP. The very fact that Henry Bolton is still trying to hang onto power shows his absolute disregard for the well-being/survival of the party. I think that he is living in a parallel universe if the thinks that he can tough it out. Donald Trump seems able to survive impossible situations and crises, mostly of his own making, but Henry Bolton is not Donald Trump. He is a minor leader of a minor party, who has ‘bigged up’ his military and police credentials. I was also a member of Thames Valley Police. What rank did he hold and where?


  5. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    Well done and many Thanks Darrell. One step at a time is required, and the first step is to cleanse the Party of Bolton. The interim leader should be Margot Parker, as her named office would suggest. However Gerard Batten would do very well.

  6. alecto says:

    I would remain a member of UKIP if Batten takes over as leader. I don’t know what game Bolton is playing but I won’t be part of it. He must go.

  7. J.L.Kay says:

    I don’t know why Henry Bolton is hanging on. He must live in a parallel universe to the rest of us.. The NEC has given him a vote of ‘No Confidence’, so his immediate reaction is to want to get rid of the NEC. He needs a reality check. Members are leaving in droves, including senior members of the party and local constituency committees.

    Mr Bolton says that his private life has nothing to do with his public political life and he may very well be right However the real world doesn’t work like that. If he is seen as shifty and untrustworthy in his private relationships – we don’t need to go into details – people will automatically assume that is how he will conduct himself in office and vote with their feet. PLEASE GET REAL MR BOLTON, NO-ONE WANTS YOU!!!


  1. 8:34 am, January 21, 2018

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