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Leadership Elections – Campaign News

We received the following press release from Henry Bolton’s Campaign Office which we reproduce unabridged:

A week can be a long time in politics and during this last week there were some significant developments in the Bolton Campaign.

The last seven days have seen Nigel Farage being announced as Henry’s political referee. This makes him the only candidate who has Nigel as his political referee, which means that Nigel is vouching for Henry’s political acumen, good character and ability to lead our party.

At the same time he has received endorsements from four of UKIP’s most well known MEPs. MEPs Jill Seymour, Mike Hookham, Ray Finch and James Carver have all provided glowing public endorsements for Henry, highlighting his experience and their opinion that he is the only candidate that can lead the party to success [see the endorsements on Henry’s Facebook page].

Henry said:

“I am delighted to have the backing of these senior figures. This leadership election marks a critical, moment in our party’s history. It will determine whether or not our party has a credible future in British politics. The new leader must steer the reorganisation of the party – deliver real change – and must project the party strongly into the UK political scene.

So, it’s important that members choose a leader who has the experience and understanding to engage credibly in addressing the political challenges facing our country whilst also having the skills, drive and leadership capacity to rapidly solve specific issues within the party. I have a track record that demonstrates my ability to deliver on these things and to attract financial and political support. I have an international reputation for leadership and for delivering strategic change.

As leader I will immediately engage in reforming the structure of our party. I will restructure the cabinet and initiate the recruitment, from within the party, of subject matter expertise to support the party’s spokesmen; I will set about reforming the NEC, introducing regional representation and election of the Chairman by the NEC’s members; I will turn the NEC into a form of ‘Board of Trustees’ with responsibility for audits and for providing members with confidence that the leadership of the party is both transparent and accountable; I will establish a solid, professional administrative and logistic platform to support the delivery of our politics.

This platform will be managed by a professional non-political manager and will consist of HR, procurement, legal, media, finance, planning and logistic team staffed by individuals recruited for their skills in those areas. This will all cost money to establish and maintain and I have already commenced discussions with donors who have responded positively. I will maintain and strengthen the Regional structures so they are better able to support counties and branches and will establish dedicated training teams to better prepare and support our candidates at all levels.

I will professionalise our party and shift its senior centre of gravity from Brussels to the UK.

I and my cabinet will definitively enter into national UK politics and, from Day 1 will commence the work of holding the government to account over delivering Brexit and of giving the neglected people of Britain a voice in local government, through our councillors and local branches

UKIP must evolve to become a dominant force in British Politics so as to give people back their voice, security, optimism and way of life; to deliver Britain. Nigel, Jill, Jim, Mike and Ray all recognise that I am the only leadership candidate with the capability, experience, credibility and gravitas to lead the party in achieving those goals.

Throughout this campaign, It’s been humbling and an inspiration to meet UKIP members across the country and experience, first hand, their enthusiasm and determination. And I am immensely grateful for the encouragement and support I have received. Together, as one team, unified and driving towards the goals I have outlined, we will deliver for Britain.”

More Campaign News – Invitation to a Q & A event

Dear Colleagues,


You will shortly receive your ballot papers for the UKIP Leadership Election.

The Newport Branch hosted a Question and Answer session on Thursday 3rd August 2017.

All the candidates were invited, but only 4 attended. They were David Allen, David Kurten, Ben Walker and Anne Marie Waters. Others were unable to attend. Among these was Henry Bolton, who was returning from a business trip that day. He wishes to address UKIP members in Wales and his Office has arranged for him to meet us on:

Thursday 7th September 2017 at 7.00pm

at the NEON, Clarence Place, Newport

You may therefore wish to delay sending off your ballot paper until you have had the opportunity of hearing from and about Henry Bolton and his unique background.

Yours sincerely,

Hugh Moelwyn Hughes, UKIP Founder Member


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16 Comments on Leadership Elections – Campaign News

  1. The aims are to hold the government to account while reorganising the Party and finding new funding.

    Why would government pay any attention to a new leader of a rump party and why would the media pay any attention if there is no newsworthy radical policy?

  2. It’s generally acknowledged, and not only among members, that UKIP is in a mess, and in almost every imaginable way. Its condition, if not tackled as a matter of the utmost urgency, by someone with the skills, experience, vision and wherewithal to begin to put that right, is terminal.

    One of the problems we have in electing our party leader is that it is a job without a job description: that shortcoming is emphasised by the variety, calibre, and number who have put themselves forward. Had the role come with a job description, few of our ‘applicants’ would even have been considered.

    In my view, we have in Henry Bolton, a candidate who could fulfil all the requirements of the role, and more, yet is viewed with suspicion, as is anyone who supports him. If we had been in a situation where we approached a recruitment agent with our list of requirements, he/she would have told us: a)to be more flexible, i.e have the requirements, and b) to at least treble the salary. Having said that, I’ve no idea what the salary is, although I do know that we’re not only broke, but also in debt.

    I don’t intend to comment on Islam, other than to say that there are many issues which require UKIP’s energy and attention. Those which have allowed Islam to flourish in the UK: Political Correctness in public life; organisations such as Common Purpose, whose graduates infest every organisation and sphere; the other three main political; parties; International organisations such as the EU, the UN and others.

    • Has Henry ever stood for elected office for UKIP? Except for that ultimate gravy train waste of time position, police & crime commmissioner? Has Henry ever run a branch? As Henry worked for the EU, will/does he get an EU pension? It seems to me he has NO relevant experience and no commitment. In our branch, being on the COMITTee meant COMITTMENT, in particular you have to stand in elections. And what kind of army officer would declare war on the Friday and sound retreat on the Saturday? If that is the kind of decision making that his experience leads him to make then it will be a case of lions led by donkeys.

  3. Im aware that Henry Bolton failed to attend his “meet the candidate” event in Lincolnshire, causing members from two local branches a wasted trip. It came to light that he had found a more important engagement but he didn’t bother telling the meeting organiser.

    I cannot see Bolton making much effort to “connect” with ordinary members outside the metropolis. And I wasn’t much impressed with his recent flip-flopping legal challenge.

    In spite of a very impressive CV, it seems very difficult to like the chap. I know that’s not of primary importance, but it’s a factor.

  4. Concern re HB centres on:
    Why would people vote for him rather than a Tory?
    By the time he has done all the above reorganisation, UKIP would be a distant memory in the public mind.

    • There are many decent Tories although many I heartily dislike and distrust but we’re not all saints in UKIP, despite being in support of some of the same causes and policies.

  5. At last year’s conference, a motion for regional representation on the NEC was resoundingly defeated.

    But you don’t know that Mr Bolton do you because your interest in the members is purely instrumental and you don’t care what the members decide in a democratic forum do you? Shame on you. Your disconnect with and disdain for ordinary members is exposed.

    • Spencer, do you really think the conference votes have any democratic legitimacy? Where was last year’s conference? Bournemouth. This year? Torquay. These locations are about as convenient as Timbuktu for anyone living north of Watford. Is it any wonder that the conference hall is full of members from the south of the country who of course don’t want their voice to be diluted?

  6. I may have missed it, but has Henry Bolton said anything substantial regarding Islam? Has he addressed any of the questions in the questionnaire? He did not reply to the questionnaire, have there been any of them answered by him in the various hustings?

  7. I’m sorry, Henry, to pour any cold water, but Nigel has variously welcomed Carswell – said that Paul Nuttall would grow into the job – said that Theresa May was going to deliver – and said that Corbyn was also a good egg – so…his track record doesn’t inspire me with confidence. You may have had a stellar career, but I don’t believe you will inspire the ordinary man and woman – and I wonder if you even realize how they have to live and what they need and want, or the problems many of them face.
    But I’m sure you will appeal to many in the leafy Shires of Olde England, as well as the Golf Club set.
    Do feel free to shoot me down in flames!

  8. What is bolton’s position on the Sheffield crime gang and their threats against the YI meeting at the Hilton Hotel?
    As it is north of the Trent it is probably of no interest to him personally and ergo hardly worth bothering about.
    Anybody from the North of England voting bolton is as foolish as voting for camoron (sic and sick). Ditto West Midlands. If you can’t bring yourself to vote AMW nor JRE have some self respect and vote for Jane Collins.

  9. I’m sorry Henry but the NEC, like the EU, cannot be reformed by its very nature. Regional representation is a dud also due to disproportionate nature of members spread across the region. We need professional appointed staff in my view, not an NEC. We need to give memebers the power and have real constitutional change. Tinkering around the edges as Henry suggests is not what we need to drive us forward as a party.

    With Bolton’s campaign suddenly having the backing of Mount Olympus the official vote ie the establishment will be split between whittle and bolton. Kurten will receive a goodly number and so will collins. Even JRE has his fan base that will back him. With only 12,000 votes up for grabs that means that all the above can receive 2,000 votes each that still leaves 2,000 for AMW maybe more. It could be quite close.
    How many names will be on the ballot paper? I guess I will know soon. If walker mason and others are still on the ballot that could confuse some inactive members.
    By the way has poundland shut up shop yet?
    In any event the party is going to be divided after this election and it really does depend on having a remarkable leader. Another diane james type victory and we may have to call it Time to say goodbye

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    • Piers Wauchope confirmed on KipperCentral that Coburn, Mason and Walker will not be on the ballot paper:

      • Richard Palmer, whose comments of the South East Hustings are featured on Kipper Central, had this to say about Anne Marie Waters:

        ‘Anne Marie Waters

        Honest and passionate responses from Anne but lacks details on many issues apart from one. Anne also stated, along the line of, “I’m not interested in the future of UKIP except in just one issue.” Most candidates didn’t provide policy details but in a minute or two answers that is difficult to achieve. Spoke well on holding the Government to account on Brexit. Not sure what her views are on restructuring the party are/were.’

        I’ve been unable to trace a video recording of the proceedings.
        Also, for the elimination of doubt, I should add that I do not know Richard Palmer, who is a declared supporter of Henry Bolton, as I am. Fortunately, that’s not yet been made a hanging offence, at least not yet.

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