This Page UKIP NEWS will be undergoing updates over the next few weeks after the result of Henry Boltons election as UKIP leader.
I am sorry for any delay in updating the site that may well occur during this period.
Watch this space for the date and venue of the Branch AGM which is to be held before the end of the year.
Thank you John Pardoe.
The Government should walk away from the Article 50 negotiations and leave the EU immediately with no deal. The EU looks set to offer us a punishment deal out of spite. Why wait another 18 months when we could leave right away and fully take back control of our country, lawmaking powers and borders?
The country voted to leave the EU, and this Government respects that. A smooth and orderly exit is in the interest of both the UK and the EU.
The country voted to leave the EU, and the Government is clear that there must be no attempts to remain inside the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door, and no second referendum.
In leaving the EU the Government will seek the best deal for the UK maximising the benefits from leaving the EU – control over our borders, laws and money – while maintaining the greatest possible access to EU markets and continuing to work with our European neighbours on common problems. After withdrawal, the UK will bring an end to the direct jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the United Kingdom.
The Prime Minister has been clear that the days of Britain making vast contributions to the European Union every year will end. The European Commission has set out the European Union’s position on the financial settlement, and the Government is undertaking a rigorous examination of the detail of this.
The Government has already introduced legislation to ensure the UK exits the EU with certainty, continuity and control. A smooth and orderly exit is in the national interest and further legislation will be introduced to deliver that.
Both the UK and the EU should want to achieve the best possible outcome and the strongest possible partnership for the future. The Government believes that a deep and special partnership between an independent UK and the EU is in the interests of both sides.
Department for Exiting the European Union
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UK Government and Parliament
THERESA May will dine in Brussels tonight with European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker and his chief negotiator Michel Barnier in a bid to break Brexit deadlock ahead of this week’s crucial EU summit.
It followed a tense phone call yesterday afternoon with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
The pair agreed the “importance of continued constructive progress” in divorce talks.
Mrs May is bidding to try and break the current impasse after Germany and France took a harder line than other countries and rejected proposed transitional arrangements.
Paris and Berlin want Britain’s divorce bill settled before they move onto a transitional deal and trade talks.
Julia Hartley-Brewers interview with Henry Bolton.
Henry Bolton calls for Alan Duncan to be fired after his contempt for the 17.4 million.
Sir Alan Duncan, the Europe Minister has described the referendum vote as a “tantrum” by “blue collar workers” while talking in the Chicago.
Henry Bolton, the UKIP leader has called for him to resign or be sacked instantly.
“How can a man who is meant to represent the UK in Europe feel that way about the majority of the people in the UK? The old joke about the Foreign Office must be true, it represents foreigners in Britain, rather than the other way round, it is clear that the Minister represents the interests of Europe rather than the interests of the UK.
“The contempt that he shows towards the 17.4 million is a disgrace, but is symptomatic of a political elite who despise the ordinary people of our country and their hopes and aspirations.
“The Prime Minster cannot just sit back and allow this. Her authority and credibility are already in question and the words of her Minister will undermine even further if she fails to act. How can those millions believe her leadership in negotiations, and how can our EU colleagues not laugh at her if she fails to do so?”
Europe minister strays from official government line, warning that labour shortages after Brexit could damage UK.
Leave supporters among the British working class threw a tantrum in the Brexit referendum about immigration, and often complained about Europeans taking the jobs they themselves had refused to do, the Europe minister, Sir Alan Duncan, has said.
Together we can make our party and our country great again
I am so proud to be writing to you as the new Leader of our Party.
My decision to stand for the Leadership was based on a desire to see UKIP regain its drive, focus and self-belief. I know that the destiny of our party walks hand in hand with the future security and prosperity of our nation.
We have led before; bringing a referendum to the people of this country and then campaigning to secure the biggest mandate ever recorded in the UK. Now, what we see is a government in meltdown; consumed by their own divisions and incapable of delivering on the will of the British people. It will be down to us to see the job done, and failure is not an option.
Having emerged from the whirlwind of media interviews at conference, I’d like to extend my heartfelt thanks to those of you who were able to come to Torquay this weekend. Your enthusiasm made the Annual Conference a huge success.
A number of journalists were there expecting to report on dissension and division. What they saw was loyalty, unity, positive energy and a clear sense of purpose. There was a palpable atmosphere of optimism.
Now, having been trusted with the incredible honour and privilege to lead our party, I will be here at your service, I will serve to lead and together we will make this Party, and our country great again.
Henry Bolton OBE
Message From Derek Bennett Regional Organiser.
Dear UKIP Chairmen and members,
After a summer of lethargy and little happening due to everyone being knackered and left flat and dispirited after the general election, which was far from good for us in UKIP, as well as everyone waiting to see who was to be our new leader and what the re-branding was to be at our conference, UKIP has been dormant over the summer. Now its time to change, pull our socks up and get cracking again as we rally behind Henry Bolton, our new UKIP leader.
Regarding Henry Bolton, Peter Jewell is hoping to organise an event in the Midlands, possibly a dinner, where Henry can come along and be with us and talk to us.
For all of us at the conference in Torquay this last weekend, it came as a relief when election was over and Henry was announced as the UKIP leader. He made a cracking and motivating speech and left all present in no doubt we now have a leader with gravitas who will give UKIP a new image, one that can be taken seriously by all.
Speaking of image, at the top of the page you can see a photo I took of our new UKIP logo, which was hugely popular with all present at the conference, under our new proud lion logo we can now have a new start and finish to job we started – its time to make sure Brexit happens.
Theresa May and her ‘remain’ Tories have been fudging the negotiations with the EU, this means the EU Commission will now treat her with contempt and give a really bad deal – so bad it will not be the Brexit we in UKIP fought for and won for our nation. This means the anti-democratic remoaners have had time to re-group and plot their treachery against our freedom and democracy – we can’t let them wreck the victory we gained due to apathy on our side. It is up to us in UKIP, with our new leader, to pick up the cudgels again and fight for all we have achieved, please pass this e-mail on to your members and lets rally to the cause.
UKIP is still here and still fighting, to quote Henry Bolton speaking of the conference: “A number of journalists were there expecting to report on dissension and division. What they saw was loyalty, unity, positive energy and a clear sense of purpose. There was a palpable atmosphere of optimism.”
Let’s grab that optimism and get going again, let’s get our branches organised and moving again, I want to be there with you so please keep in touch and let me know where and when you are meeting – we won the referendum battle, now we have to win the Brexit war.
With very many regards, Derek Bennett.
Henry Bolton’s Speech To The Conference After His Election The Day Before.
UKIP leadership results
- Winner: Henry Bolton, 3,874 votes (29.9%)
- Anne Marie Waters, 2,755 votes (21.3%)
- David Kurten, 2,201 votes (17%)
- John Rees-Evans, 2,021 votes (15.6%)
- Peter Whittle, 1,413 votes, (10.9%)
- Jane Collins, 566 votes, 4.4%
- Aidan Powlesland, 85 votes, 0.65%
Report on Henry’s speech this afternoon.
Posted on September 30, 2017 by Vivian Evans in debate, Elections for UKIP Daily visitors.
Report from UKIP Daily.
Well – the new leader Henry Bolton put his foot down quite quickly.
As you know, the speech of the new leader was meant to be at 4.30 pm this Saturday afternoon. It was well known – representations had been made – that a huge part of the audience would’ve left by then, getting home.
So HB asked the time be put forward, and here we are. The place is heaving, no-one seems to have left: a good indication that members are looking froward to hearing this first AGM speech of the new leader.
If the bandwidth holds up, and if everything is ok, I hope to bring you this speech hot from the keyboard.
After Paul Oakden’s introductory speech about how good conference was, here is the man. I do hope you an watch it online.
He gets a standing ovation coming in. And he waves a small Union Jack.
HB starts on May’s election speech,, on ‘strong and stable leadership – unfortunately many of our former votes trusted her, but are we any closer to Brexit?
Our courts are still subordinate to a foreign power, and we know that the EU dictated her speech. A diplomat said that she has failed to make significant progress on Brexit.
HB focuses on Ms May’s Florence speech – chuckling in thea audience – and Hb asks, did she actually say anything concrete?
HB then makes quite clear that the transition period is totally unacceptable to huge applause from the audience.
The Government is dropping the ball, they are not doing what needs to be done if they seriously want Brexit. She lauds service men and then stabs them in the back.
HB addresses both Juncker’s speech nd May’s support for the paled EU Army. ‘Outrageous’ comes from the floor – and huge applause.
“Does any of that suggests that we want out of the EU?” NO, shouts the audience.
They are incompetent or negligent, the Govmnt cannot eb trusted to take us out of the EU, or lead Brexit, set clear strategic goals.
“We must be clear on the ECA1972 act and must prepare to leave now! – huge applause.
“Leaving the EU means we will be in control of our own destiny’.
Hb then goes on about the disenfranchised voters and people in local communities, how government is not interested in how and what people want. Multi-Culturalism is swamping or replacing our own culture. HB then mentions the range of policies (Schools, education and more) which we need.
HB will make our Party fit, clean and effective. Improve our internal communication, utilising our many talents, gent fit for elections, prepare candidates for election. Branches to be allowed to keep some membership fees – that’s his intention. and he wants us to work in constituencies and prepare for Westminster.
HB will embark on a tour: meeting branches and inform himself on our problems.
“We’ll achieve great success if we are united” -“we are, we are” comes back from the audience. “Thats one job done”, HB quips, on the first day’ – audience chuckles and is happy.
WHO IS HENRY BOLTON THE NEW UKIP LEADER?
The 54-year-old international security expert is a former British Army officer, Thames Valley police officer and UN Governor who was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to international security and stabilisation.
Married with three children and living in Folkestone, his wife Tatiana Smurova-Bolton, gave birth to their second child on a high-speed train at St Pancras station last year.
His Ukip leader nomination referee was former leader Nigel Farage and he was endorsed by Mike Hookem, James Carver, Jill Seymour and Ray Finch.
In his current role as an international security expert, he has advised the Home Office, the United Nations and the European Union (EU).
He has worked as a mediator for the UN and chief planner for the EU’s European Security and Defence missions around the world.
Mr Bolton was a Lib Dem member for many years and ran as the party’s candidate in the 2005 general election in Philip Hammond’s Runnymede and Weybridge seat.
He came third with 17 per cent of the vote, just five per cent behind the Labour candidate.
In 2014 he switched allegiances to Ukip, saying he felt more comfortable in a party which said what it thought.
A year later he stood as a Ukip candidate for Shepway District Council in Folkestone, Kent, where he lives.
Last year he was Ukip’s candidate for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and just lost out to Conservative Matthew Scott. Political views:
Mr Bolton has campaigned against extremism on both the right and left and has spoken out against a right-wing insurgency into Ukip.
Launching his Ukip leadership bid in July, he spoke about his strong opposition to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), describing it as abhorrent and illegal.
On the EU, he has been highly critical of British plans to form a security partnership with the bloc, saying Brussels would have a hold on British forces beyond Brexit, which would have security implications for the Falkland Islands and Gibraltar.
Mr Bolton has used his experience as a former team leader for the European Commission’s Border Management Consultancy in Georgia and Macedonia to criticise the British Coastguard allowing migrants to risk their lives crossing the English Channel.
On Brexit, he said: “We have a moral responsibility to make sure Brexit is a success for everybody.”
Mr Bolton served in the British Army from 1979 to 2000, and passed out of the Royal Military Acdemy Sandhurst as Best Overall Cadet.
He served in the UK, Germany, Belize, Cyprus and Boznia with the Royal Hussars before he was commissioned in the Wessex Regiment in the Territorial Army and was promoted to captain in 1994.
After leaving the Army he was a police officer for nine years with Thames Valley Police where he was commended for bravery.
Security expert:Mr Bolton has become a leading security expert after leaving the police, working frequently with the British Government.
He has been deployed to Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Albania, Georgia, Central Asia, Libya and Ukraine by the Foreign and Common Office as well as the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest regional security organisation with 57 member states across Europe, Asia and North America.
During his time in the Army he was also head of the UN Office and a senior UN representative.
Mr Bolton started his work with the EU in 2003, leading a team managing the Macedonian border then the Georgian border and last year finished two and a half years of working as a strategic planner for the EU Common Security and Defence Policy in Ukraine, Libya and North Africa, Afghainstan, Kosovo and Georgia.
He was awarded an OBE after leading the British Government’s Stabilisation Unit in Afghanistan from 2010 to 2012, to help the country re-group and work against the Taliban.
His LinkedIn profile says he currently works as a Senior Deploy-able Civilian Expert Adviser to the UK Government’s Stabilisation Unit supporting the Government’s activities in fragile and conflict-affected states.
He is also a senior security consultant, claiming he is described “by the UK media as ‘arguably the foremost border security expert in the UK'”.
These details were taken from a reasonable source but as of yet have not been substantiated.
A video recorded before the election result.
This video shows how democratic the European Parliament really are.
A dictatorship and one that Theresa May is very likely to surrender to.
After Theresa Mays speech in Florence which was basically a surrender to the EU leaders we need to ensure as much pressure is brought to bare on the government.
The petition below is one way of applying such pressure. Please sign and help stop those that do not believe in the values of democracy.
A New Structure for a Renewed Party
You will have heard recently, from Party Chairman Paul Oakden, of the task we have set ourselves in adapting to the change in our party’s circumstances and emphasis. We are moving away from being a party whose operation is geared around European Elections and instead shifting our focus to the vital task of gaining elected representation right here in a new, independent UK.
To make that happen I have been given the exciting responsibility of devising a structure which can best represent the party, on the ground, to it’s members and activists. I would like to set out what this new structure looks like and offer you the chance to become a part of this change.
Before I do so I would like to make it absolutely clear that we are making no changes at this stage to any of the elected committees you are accustomed to. They will remain in place and while they will certainly be impacted by the changes I believe that their future should be decided by the membership rather than the party centrally. This restructure is purely to deploy a number of new voluntary roles who are there to represent the party to the grassroots and their elected officials.
The affairs and activity of branches and their members have traditionally been the domain of the Regional Organisers. That is to end and will be replaced with the following:
Regional Communications Manager
The Regional Controller is the direct replacement for the old Regional Organiser. This new role carries with it all of the delegated authority of the Party Chairman previously associated with the RO. The RC will collaborate with and direct both the Regional Communications Manager and the County Organisers in their patch.
The Regional Communications Manager will be there to ensure that there is a two-way flow of information between party and membership and vice versa. The Chairman spoke recently regarding some of the problems we have been experiencing with electronic communications and the RCM is also a safeguard against that.
The County Organiser is a person whose focus is solely on the UKIP campaigning activity in a single manageable area. Now I should point out that often this may not be a single County. It may be a region, for example in Wales where we have no counties, or it may be a group of counties. Initially we are broadly aiming for one organiser per county, however where this is not possible then there will possibly be some consolidation of these areas into groups. In this first round of applications we are not looking for this specific role in either Scotland or Northern Ireland.
One key change is that two of our regions, The South East and The South West, are to be split in two to make them more manageable and therefore there are RC and RCM roles available in South West (North), South West (South), South East (West) and South East (North).
Any member in good standing may apply for any of the roles. To do so simply log in (you will need to be registered on the site) to the MyUKIP website at www.myukip.com and on the menu click MyUKIP and then Regional Restructure or click this link:
There is a full role description available for download on the landing page. Please read them carefully so that you are sure to apply for the role which suits your skills and availablility. We will close this first round of applications on September 8th 2017 and will aim to have the first tranche of appointments made by the time of the conference in Torquay
Finally I would like to pay a special tribute to all of those people, past and present, who have ever occupied one of the party-appointed organiser roles. It was a huge task for which there was never enough time and which required immense commitment to do well. You all stood between the membership and the Chairman, fielding all manner of queries, disciplinary matters, disputes and logistical challenges largely without complaint and with enthusiasm for the objectives of this great party. I thank you all on behalf of the party, it’s present and former chairmen and leaders and, of course, the officials, members and activists you have supported.
Please forward this email to any member who you think should see it
All the best,
Creating a strong, robust & viable structure
Most of our members are understandably (and justifiably) enjoying some sort of summer break, particularly away from politics.
The last few years seem like a blur of elections, one ballot after another, each offering us a part to play and in each, our membership rose to meet the challenge, showing the same drive and tenacity that political commentators have come to expect from UKIP.
Counter-intuitively, over the last two months, those of us in the centre have been enjoying an unexpected period of stability. We have an excellent Interim Leader in Steve Crowther, who has an unrivalled understanding of our party and who, most importantly, is determined to do what is necessary to help UKIP evolve into what it needs to be for the future.
Working with him has been our NEC, your elected volunteers who come together once a month to feed your voices into the central management of the party, to make sure that our Grassroots remain the beating heart of our organisation. Often criticised (usually from non-members operating online under pseudonyms), they give up their time and money to help make our party work.
For my part, I marked my one year anniversary as Chairman last week – yes, it came as a surprise to me too. Whilst I’ve been hearing from many of you, telling me of your summer adventures, the team and I have been working quietly in the background to try and build a structure and financial platform through which the next Leader can flourish.
Financial stability will no doubt be key to our future success. Working with our excellent Treasurer, John Bickley, our mind-set over the last year has been focused on raising more money than we spend – it sounds simple, but it’s a culture shift that has led to our still operating today, and has secured us the prospect of a future.
As a consequence of this change, we now operate with far fewer salaried staff, down to a fifth of what they were two years ago. Those who remain have all voluntarily sacrificed a significant percentage of their wage to help our party operate in accordance with its new philosophy. I know of no other organisation that would have that level of commitment and dedication to its future from the people it employs, particularly at a time when they’re being given more work to do, not less.
One of the things I’m particularly excited about is the excellent work Noel Matthews has been doing on the party restructure. Many of you will have noticed that your Regional Organiser may have given up the role recently and that the party has taken no steps to replace them. The simple reason is that we want to change the way in which these roles are appointed and make the process more transparent, open and crucially more available to the membership.
I want to thank all of our outgoing Regional Organisers for the amazing contribution that they have made. We will shortly launch a recruitment process which will invite any member to apply for the role of either Regional Controller, Regional Communications Manager or County Organiser.
Role descriptions will be available for download on the MyUKIP website, where you will also have the opportunity to apply online. Our aim is to have the majority of the positions appointed by the time the party conference comes around.
To be absolutely clear I want to assure everybody that these roles are not replacing the elected officials of your Regional and County Committees. Those officials will remain in place as before. These are the roles whose primary focus is to represent the party to the members, while your elected structure is , of course, the reverse.
Watch out for an email very soon from National Party Agent, Noel Matthews, who is overseeing and deploying the new structure, which will tell you more and guide those who are interested through the application and appointment process.
New National Nominating Officer
In July, the NEC appointed Peter Staveley as our new National Nominating Officer (NNO), after the departure of Chris Adams. Peter will be writing out to members in the coming week to outline some of the excellent ideas he has to move our nominating system forward. Peter is one of the unsung heroes of UKIP and has worked for several years on helping facilitate our nominating system; now with his hands on that element of the party, we’re all excited to see how he can make it work better.
New General Secretary
Finally, Jonathan Arnott has now stepped down as General Secretary and I’m delighted that (my almost namesake) Paul Oakley has agreed to take on the role. Paul is an incredibly impressive, diligent and committed NEC member, with a legal background that makes him the perfect choice for the role. He stood for the NEC on a platform of transparency and openness and he is already working hard alongside colleagues to deliver that to our members.
Once appointed, Paul said “I am honoured to take over this role and grateful for all the work previously done by Jonathan Arnott MEP as General Secretary. At this time it is important that we stand solidly behind the new leader who will be elected next month; it is our duty as a party to ensure that Brexit is not betrayed by the many bitter people and groups that are ranged against us. With this in mind, together with the fact that I’m looking forward to a quiet life regarding disciplinary matters, the message goes out: behave yourselves!”
JUST A THOUGHT FOR ANYONE WHO VOTED TO REMAIN.
I would REMAIN because BECAUSE : :
I prefer my country to be run by : unelected, non-British
career politicians, sitting in Brussels, on substantial salaries, generous expenses. and unaffordable pensions.
I enjoy being heavily taxed in order that Britain can send my money to the EU in the form of our national contribution, even though that organisation that has not managed a verifiable audit of its finances for twenty two years, and does not use an internationally recognised system of accountancy.
I haven’t read Yanis Varoufakis’s book explaining German domination of the EU, and exploitation of the euro.
I should have realised that the BBC and press is heavily EU funded to publicise and promote the EU in the UK.
I am happy for Britain’s contributions to subsidise 25 European nations, who would not exist if we and our Commonwealth allies had not saved them from Nazi Germany in W.W.2. at no charge ! !
I like Britain being one of just three net contributors to the EU budget, and for twenty five other states to be net takers.
I prefer to accept Government’s stated figure for the annual cost to the British taxpayer of EU membership of £12 billion, when a body that government consults on monetary matters :
( The Tax Payers Alliance ) has assessed the true total annual cost to be in excess of £120 billion, probably well in excess .
I was unaware that the EU was conceived by secretive, deceitful individuals ( Monnet – Schumann et al ) intent on establishing an organisation that would subjugate Europe under German rule, disguised as democratic and philanthropic, but that was from the outset, a German initiated conspiracy to conquer Europe politically, having failed to do so by military means.
I choose to forget that the entire unelected EU Commission under
Jacques Delour was forced to resign in 1999 for corruption and ineptness. including Britain’s Commissioners : Leon Brittan and Neil
By accepting the BBC’s propaganda I was unaware of the high level conspiracy within the Tory party in the early 1970s seeking to take us into the Common Market, knowing it was simply a ploy to integrate our nation into a political federation called the EU, by stealth and deceit, via John Major’s signing of the Maastricht Treaty :
I prefer Britain – the land that my great grandchildren will inherit, to be administered under laws made by unelected EU officials in Brussels. acting under orders from Berlin.
If UKIP’s leader Nigel Farage, is consistently disrespectful to the EU parliament and its senior officials, surely this is justified by their
cynical contempt for the British electorate, including : expecting them to accept rule by an unelected Commission.
What Martin Luther did to the Catholic church, Nigel Farage has done to the EU.
Promoted and published by P . McHugh on behalf of UKIP Bromsgrove – printed commercially.
West Midlands Metro Mayor Candidate.
Andy Street elected West Midlands Mayor.
The former John Lewis boss Andy Street has won the West Midlands mayoral race for the Conservatives.
MPs have taken a historic step towards taking Britain out of the European Union by approving the bill allowing the prime minister to trigger article 50 by a majority of 384 votes. The bill still has to get through another three days of debate in the Commons, and then it will go to the Lords, but with MPs backing it by such a large margin it now seems certain to clear all its parliamentary stages by the beginning of March. This means Theresa May will be able to trigger article 50 as she plans before the end of that month, starting a two-year process that should lead to the UK being out of the EU before April 2019.
Government loses Supreme Court case over Article 50.
Theresa May needs the approval of Parliament to trigger the Brexit process, Britain’s most senior judges have ruled.
The Supreme Court has decided that MPs must be given a vote on triggering Article 50, the formal mechanism for leaving the European Union.
Despite the setback, Downing Street insisted Mrs May’s plan to begin negotiations on leaving the EU by the end of March remains on track.
The Latest From Theresa May With Regards Her Brexit Negotiations.
17th January 2017.