—– U P D A T E —–
STATEMENTS BY HENRY BOLTON AND DAVID KURTEN
Henry Bolton sent this statement (received yesterday at 22.30 p.m.):
I have a great deal of respect for David Kurten. I believe he has a great deal to offer our party and I was looking forward to working with him as Deputy Leader.On 5th October David and I met to discuss his possible appointment. During our conversation it became disappointingly clear that making him my Deputy would be an error. It was with heavy heart, but with the interests of the party in mind, that I therefore made the decision not to make the appointment.I asked David to continue his excellent work as our Education Spokesman but he declined. Nonetheless, I held back from announcing that appointment in the hope he might reconsider. He has not done so. I shall therefore make an announcement regarding that post in the coming days.To address the speculation arising from this decision, at no point has any person or group lobbied me against David.Henry Bolton
David Kurten tweeted his statement last evening, here is the full text:
Statement on UKIP Appointments
It is now three weeks since the results of the UKIP leadership election were announced, and Henry Bolton has been the leader since then. It is good that he has taken time to find out how the party works and to consider the decisions he needs to make without being too hasty.
During the leadership election, he stated on a number of occasions that he would appoint me as the Deputy Leader of the party if he were to win. This includes the official hustings in Birmingham and to my understanding, branch meetings in Wales and Salisbury. This pledge was also repeated in an online blog report.
It is of course disappointing that he has changed his mind and decided to appoint a different person. However, I will continue to support the party in my role as a member of the London Assembly, and in fighting for a full, clean Brexit. I wish the new team well.
It was a pleasure also to have served the party as Education and Apprenticeships Spokesman over the last year. I was offered this post again, but I have decided to step away from this role for now given the circumstances.
Once again, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all the people who supported me financially and otherwise. I would not have been able to stand in the leadership contest without you.
I also believe that UKIP must be the party which stands up for our history and heritage, and fights the cultural Marxism of the Frankfurt School and Common Purpose which so pervades our country and our institutions. Particularly damaging at the moment is the drive from the ‘Conservative’ party to push sex education and confusing genderqueer ideology onto the youngest of children in primary schools. If UKIP does not speak out against this, nobody else will and a whole generation of our children will be damaged in ways it is difficult to imagine.
I did not envisage the circumstances I currently find myself in, but it presents an opportunity to create a new venture to educate people about cultural Marxism, its quite deliberately disastrous and corrosive effects on our civilization and how to combat it, particularly in our education system. I am planning to tour around the country over the next few months to speak about these issues and help gather together the ‘forces of conservatism’ to restore and rebuild the nation.
I will post more details on my website – davidkurten.net – as this venture takes shape.David KurtenUKIP London Assembly Member
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ o o o o o ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Henry Bolton has announced his team to take UKIP forward. Included is be a leadership group of Margot Parker MEP, as Deputy leader and Jim Carver and Mike Hookem MEPs as assistant Deputies.
He said “I am pleased to announce appointments to my Cabinet.
“UKIP has a moral obligation to hold the government to account for taking us out of the European Union. Clear and decisive leadership is crucial and we shall deliver it. Together, my team and I will now commence the urgent work of projecting our party firmly and decisively into British politics with the purpose of securing our nation’s interests through Brexit and beyond.”
Margot Parker MEP the new Deputy leader said,
“I was both delighted and honoured to be asked by Henry to become the party’s deputy leader. It is time for everyone in UKIP to pull together and drive the party forward over the next few years. I will continue my work as an MEP to ensure a clean Brexit and to fight for what is best for the country. I will also be working closely with our new leader and his team over the next 18 months or so – a crucial period which will help shape the future of the UK.”
Jim Carver MEP said,
“I am delighted to accept the post of assistant deputy leader of my party, working alongside Henry, Margot and Mike in preparing UKIP for the challenges ahead.
We will strive to ensure the party continues to have Brexit at its heart and also broad and appealing domestic policies that the branches and membership can focus on in readiness for next year’s local elections.”
Mike Hookem MEP commented,
“I believe Henry Bolton has the necessary skills as UKIP leader to take this party forward and I am pleased and honoured that he has chosen me to be part of his management team. As the Conservative’s backslide and Labour continue to dither on Brexit, the role of UKIP in British politics will continue to grow, and I look forward to playing a full part in taking the party forward.”
The appointments are as follows,
Deputy Leader Margot Parker MEP
Asst Deputy Leader Jim Carver MEP
Asst Deputy Leader Mike Hookem MEP
Interim Chairman Paul Oakden
Political Adviser Jonathan Arnott MEP
Leader of UKIP in Wales Neil Hamilton AM
Leader of UKIP in Scotland David Coburn MEP
Spokesman for UKIP in London Peter Whittle AM
MEP Delegation Leader Ray Finch MEP
Home Affairs/Police & Fire Jane Collins MEP
Justice Peter Jewell
Immigration & Integration John Bickley
Cyber & Terrorism Richard Bingley
Treasury Jonathan Arnott MEP
Aid and Intl Development Margot Parker MEP
Business Christopher Mills
Small Business Ernie Warrender
Trade & Industry William Dartmouth MEP
Employment Andrew Charalambous
Transport & Infrastructure Jill Seymour MEP
Energy Jonathan Bullock MEP
Agriculture Stuart Agnew MEP
Fisheries Mike Hookem MEP
Environment Dr Julia Reid MEP
Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Ray Finch MEP
Defence Henry Bolton
Veterans Mike Hookem MEP
Health Dr Julia Reid MEP
Culture & Arts David Meacock
Communities & Local Government Tim Aker MEP
Equalities & Disabilities Cllr Star Anderton
Exiting the European Union/BREXIT Gerard Batten MEP
Electoral Reform David Allen
Sport Bill Etheridge MEP