I had heard of this development somewhat earlier, but have only now found it posted on a publicly available internet site and therefore able to be linked from here. (As an ex-member of both UKIP and Veritas I think it best to try to only post messages directed at members of those parties only as they become thus available). The report is linked from here. A message from Damian Hockney and Peter Hulme Cross to UKIP members in London
There has been much comment from London UKIP members about our decision back in February to form the Veritas Group at the London Assembly.
The obvious conclusion from the General Election result is that it makes no sense for UKIP and Veritas to be in competition for the same votes. It is also clear from discussions with both UKIP and Veritas members in London and elsewhere that the vast majority agree that the two parties should co-operate wherever possible. Problems at leadership level should not be allowed to disrupt good relations at local level.
For instance, our London Assembly team will in June be launching a major campaign against immunity from prosecution for Europol officers.
This is a perfect example of an issue that can be attacked on two fronts, the Metropolitan Police Authority (of which Damian Hockney is a member) and the European Parliament. It clearly makes sense to act jointly in such matters.
We have therefore decided that it is in the best interests of both parties and more importantly our cause to rename the London Assembly group "Veritas-UKIP". This will enable both parties to gain the credibility that elected office brings.
Damian will continue as Leader of the Group at the London Assembly and Peter will be Deputy Leader. Both will of course be delighted to discuss any issues with members of either Party. We hope you will join with us in welcoming this step forward, and look forward to working with you in the forthcoming campaigns, including our Europol campaign and of course the referendum on the EU constitution.
Damian Hockney & Peter Hulme Cross
Veritas-UKIP London Assembly Members