At an NEC meeting today members discussed the recent press coverage of our Leader, Henry Bolton. Both the committee and the Leader understand the strength of feeling on this coverage and are keen to work collectively in finding a resolution that best protects the future prospects of UKIP.

Due to the short time between the publishing of these reports and our meeting today, the committee agreed that it was not in a position to fully discuss all the evidence and appropriately agree on a way forward. Further investigation of these matters is required.

It was agreed to defer the discussion to a special NEC meeting, which has been called for ten days time.

No further comment will be made on this issue by the central party, or any NEC member until that meeting has concluded.

Kind Regards