EXCLUSIVE: UKIP NEC To Discuss Leadership Election In January
Marietta King, a member of UKIP’s National Executive Committee sent the following email to all members of her branch, Grantham and Stamford:
“During the NEC Meeting on the 2nd December 2018, a discussion took place regarding the upcoming Leadership Election early in 2019.
Gerard Batten has previously and did again repeat, that he gave the undertaking to stand down after a year, for Leadership Elections to take place. On Sunday he indicated that he had not yet decided if he would stand again or not.
There was the discussion about timing, as we didn’t want a Leadership Election to clash with the Local Elections, so it would be held prior to the local elections. It was felt that we should get on with it as soon as possible and therefore should we hold the next NEC Meeting earlier in the New Year?
In the end we settled on the previously arranged date of 20th January 2019.
(Unless our Chairman decides to bring the Meeting forward to an earlier date?)
Please, can I ask for two things to be done NOW?
1. That these facts are published now.
2. That preparations are made during early January, so that a Time Table, dates for applications, date of Election and count etc. are in hand that we can simply Approve at the Meeting, rather than discuss at length.”
Now it is all very well and good saying that we do not wish a leadership election to clash with the local elections but with rumours that the Meaningful Vote on Theresa May’s ailing Withdrawal Agreement could be pushed back to January do we not have to consider the political reality we may all find ourselves in at that time and how we could be facing a second referendum and/or a General Election. Gerard Batten’s 12-month commitment expires in April next year, after the March 29th end date of the Article 50 process and by which time we will certainly have a much clearer indication of the state of Brexit and the challenges ahead to it and us. It seems that Brexit has taken a back-seat to internal wrangling which has totally diminished it as a focus of the Parties energies, a charge somewhat ironically, critics of Batten’s leadership lay at his door. Can we not wait until April for this contest or is Brexit somehow suddenly not important enough to merit the wait of 3 extra months? I think this is a question that members of the NEC will now have to seriously ask themselves.
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