OUT OF TOUCH: Farage Launches Coup Against Batten Over Tommy Appointment
Nigel Farage has launched a coup against UKIP leader Gerard Batten over his appointment of Tommy Robinson as his personal advisor on Rape Gangs & Prison Reform.
The former UKIP leader said that he will send a letter to the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) expressing no confidence in Batten’s leadership, pledging to “get rid of him”.
Yesterday, Batten appointed Tommy Robinson as his “Special Personal Advisor on Rape Gangs and Prison Conditions and Prison Reform”, a move which sparked controversy in the media and among some groups in the party but which has received huge support from much of UKIP’s grassroots.
Nigel told BBC Radio 4: “I’m appalled. Gerard Batten has got this sort of fixation with Tommy Robison, and discussing Islam, and dragging Ukip into the direction of effectively being a street activist party.”
Nigel’s former unchallenged popularity among the UKIP membership has taken a number of knocks since he stepped down from the position in 2016, with his first two preferred leaders both quitting the party at crucial stages, and his third preferred leader forced out by a two-thirds majority of party members, despite Nigel’s campaigning to keep Henry Bolton on board.
He continued: “I haven’t given up yet. I will be writing to the National Executive Committee of the party today and urging we have a vote of no confidence in Gerard Batten as leader, that we get rid of him.
“We will have one last go at getting rid of somebody who as leader is dragging us in a shameful direction.
“I’m going to fight, try and save it, but if it continues in this direction, electorally it is finished.”
Despite Nigel’s adamant stance that UKIP should not allow Tommy Robinson to join the party as a result of his past membership of the EDL, the South East MEP appointed Martyn Heale, a former National Front member, as his campaign manager in the 2015 General Election.
Speaking exclusively to Kipper Central, Richard Inman, the leftle of Veterans Against Terrorism, said that Nigel should be focusing on Brexit not on infighting.
He told Kipper Central: “In my view Nigel is fighting the wrong battle, he should be focusing on unseating Theresa the traitor, instead of Gerard the British bulldog Batten!
“Gerard is a visionary who is reaching out to the British working class, if he is disposed UKIP’s finished!”
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