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What motivates the leaders of the United Kingdom Independence Party?

Saturday, December 23, 2006 

Southend Times - 19 December 2006


Two of the leading members of the South Essex Branch of UKIP have resigned from the Party.

Members were rocked by the decisions of Chairman Brian Lee and Treasurer Ken Bennett to leave the party and join up with the English Democrats.

The departure of Mr Lee in particular is a major setback, because he set up the branch 12 years ago and his organisational skills have ensure that UKIP was a major force to contend with in both local and national elections.

In fact, his organisations of Jon Croft's campaign in Prittlewell ward in May led to him gaining aorund 20 per cent of the vote and was a factor in the defeat of the then Council lead Anna Waite.

Mr Lee explained this week "Basically, we have had enough. We have some superb members in our branch, and it has been a pleasure to work with them, but we have not had the support from higher up."

"It's not to do with policy, I still believe we shold come out of the EU."

"The big problem is that the party has not built up a proper organisation. I have been fighting with different managments for this to be done"

"It came to a head when rules were passsed down to regions, on how they should operate, but one of our MEP's. Tom Wise, decided to ignore them and set up a commitee which did not compley with the rules."

"both, he and our local MEP, Geoffrey Titford, seem to want to control everything"

"Mr Lee also traces back problems to the recent leadership election in which the victor was Nigel Farage, who defeated a candidate from Wales"

"Had Nigel offerred him a position we felt we could go somewhere"

"Unfortunately, the party does not know how to organise itself. It is very sad. We have made a tremendous effort in Essex and have made an impact"

"We have passed over all the books in a civilised manner and is is now up to others to take the party and the branch forward"

It is understood that Ron Hurrell has been elected as acting Chairman.

Under Mr Lee's leadership UKIP have fielded candidates in Southend West and Castle Point in recent general elections and in wards in Southend in local elections.

His new party, English Democrats whose aim is to have an English Parliament, fielded a candidate in the last General Election in Southend West.

There isn't a branch currently in this area.

One prominent member who lives in Wickford is Kim Gandy. She stood for the English Democrats in Basildon at the last General Election and it is believed that she and her partner intend to stand for their local council next May.

posted by Martin |11:20 AM

Tuesday, December 19, 2006 

More Internet Sense from the UKIP

Having plugged a UKIP clip on the post below already today; imagine my surprise when pointed by ever-battling EU-realist Tory MEP Roger Helmer to the latest online political broadband 'Leaders of Europe' TV debates I found Nigel Farage actually proposing this so obvious plain common sense on global warming, carbon trading and CO2 emissions:

"If we are serious...if we're really worried about CO2 emissions ....what we should really be talking about: Is a massive transfer to nuclear power!"

Absolutely correct, when the lights regularly go out, as they surely will with the legacy from New Labour compounded now by the policies of Cameron as proposed by Coldsmith Jnr., Nigel risks becoming a prophet;

Watch the video by clicking the Nov/Dec 06 broadcast from this link.

posted by Martin |5:52 PM

UKIP finally begin to use the internet effectively.

Click here to view.

Big Government needs Little Hitlers hits the nail right on the head!

posted by Martin |12:12 PM

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 

First Batten, then Croucher and now UKIP Home?

We have been hearing for some time that Mark Croucher, the grandly titled UKIP Communications Director no longer occupied his reported forty thousand pound per annum post, and now it seems the recently launched UKIP Home website, which launch we reported here, has suddenly disappeared from the web.

What next?

posted by Martin |8:15 PM

Sunday, December 10, 2006 

Gerrard Batten MEP resigns from UKIP's National Executive Committee

The news, giving no causes, is now on the party website linked here.

posted by Martin |5:13 PM

Monday, December 04, 2006 

43 per cent of Tories next favour UKIP

As Vapid Cameron moves ever left of Labour and the Lib/Dems it seems clear that natural conservatives offer fruitful recruiting grounds for the UKIP. The survey by Conservative Home may be found from this link.

posted by Martin |2:48 PM

Sunday, December 03, 2006 

Christopher Booker's missing Cameron critique

Those who found the Booker column shorter than usual can read the anti-Cameron portion, censored by the Sunday Telegraph, on Teetering Tories or illustrated on EU Referendum here.

posted by Martin |4:26 PM
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