EXCLUSIVE: UKIP Branches Launching “Emergency Motions” To Bring Tommy Robinson Into Party
Kipper Central can exclusively reveal that UKIP’s Oxfordshire branch has submitted an “Emergency Motion” to the party Chairman calling for Tommy Robinson to be offered party membership, with a number of other branches likely to follow.
A motion originally submitted by UKIP’s spokesman on Family & Children, Alan Craig, which called for the party to offer Robinson membership was rejected on Tuesday on the grounds that it was submitted by an individual not a branch, though Robinson’s supporters have thrown doubt on the legimacy of this decision.
In an email seen by Kipper Central, the party’s Oxfordshire branch submitted an Emergency Motion to UKIP Chairman Tony McIntyre, which is identical to the original motion proposed by Craig and called for the party to offer Tommy Robinson membership.
While the original motion was rejected on the grounds that it didn’t meet the requirements of rule D9, the new motion will instead have to meet the requirements of rule D11 – the rule around Emergency Motions.
Rule D11 states that emergency motions may be submitted in the event of a “major political change” either internally in UKIP or externally.
Explaining how their motion meets this criteria set out in rule D11, the Oxfordshire branch wrote in their email: “Party leader Gerard Batten has backed Tommy Robinson joining UKIP, clearly marking a major internal political change.
“Additionally, Tommy Robinson has expressed his wish to join the party, which is clearly a major external political change.”
A UKIP Oxfordshire spokesman told Kipper Central:
“We believe that a decision as important as Tommy Robinson’s membership of UKIP should not be decided by anyone except the members.
“Clearly, there has been confusion surrounding the rulebook which is why we chose to re-submit the motion as an Emergency Motion, under rule D11 which means there will be no doubt surrounding the legalities of the debate.
In addition to the Oxfordshire branch, Kipper Central understands that a number of other branches across the UK are in the process of also submitting the motion, to add pressure to McIntyre to allow the issue to be debated at the party’s national conference later this month.
Craig’s original motion and the Emergency Motions submitted by branches all read: “Conference believes that Tommy Robinson is a global figure who stands in the long English tradition of anti-establishment rebels with a cause from Robin Hood to the Suffragettes; admires his campaigns both for #FreeSpeech and to expose the authorities’ decades-long silence and inaction over the industrial-scale child sexual abuse by rape gangs; and requests the NEC to consider offering him membership of UKIP.”
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