EXCLUSIVE: Veterans Against Terrorism Urge UKIP To Back “Visionary” Batten To Avoid “Catastrophe”
The leaders of the influential Veterans Against Terrorism movement have urged UKIP’s ruling body to back the party’s leader, Gerard Batten, after former leader Nigel Farage pledged yesterday to “get rid of” him.
Writing to members of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC), the three leaders of the veterans movement said that their members are joining UKIP in their masses because of Gerard’s “visionary leadership”, arguing that removing Batten at such a stage would be a “catastrophe”.
They wrote: “Just over a year ago our group, Veterans against terrorism, began reaching out to UKIP for a political direction, simultaneously Gerard Batten began talking to us as a result of this the Veterans (a group with 18,000 members) decided to give UKIP their full backing.
“Gerard has supported the veterans and been a great friend to us. Many of our members have joined UKIP because of Gerard’s visionary leadership.
“We are dismayed by the attempt to unseat him and even more shocked that the person who is attempting to have him removed is Nigel Farage, a man who we all hold in high esteem because of his great patriotism and steadfast support for our military.”
Farage pledged yesterday to “get rid of” UKIP leader Gerard Batten, hitting out at the “shameful” direction he is taking UKIP and at his “fixation” on pro-Freedom activist Tommy Robinson.
The group, led by Richard Inman, Sean Smart, Dan McDevitt and Simon Beane MBE, was founded in 2017 to rally against extremism and terrorism, and has held a number of protests against Islamism and for Brexit, often amassing tens of thousands of followers.
They continued: “We value your leadership and dedication to restoring the UK’s sovereignty, and we hope that you will appreciate our concern that Gerard is NOT removed from office as this would be a catastrophe for the party and the country at such a crucial stage in the Brexit process.
“We implore you to give Gerard your full support and we as veterans will do exactly the same.”
Many UKIP members have rallied behind Gerard, noting that the membership rejected Nigel’s opinions on Henry Bolton and urging them to do the same again.
Others, however, have argued that Nigel is right about Gerard, claiming that he is too focused on Islam and is harming Brexit.
Concluding their letter, the veterans wrote: “Gerard won the loyalty of the veteran community and that support to Gerard from us and to the party under his leadership remains steadfast, UKIP could be on the verge of an even bigger political earthquake than Brexit.
“Let us turn our fire on the Tories and Labour and leave the friendly fire for our enemies.”
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