Dear All
Henry Bolton’s visit yesterday was truly invigorating for all those that attended The Great Barr Hotel event.
During 4 hours of debate he never once deflected any question and tackled it head on with transparency and honesty.
He was keen to hear, learn and understand what the troops on the ground had to say in regards to their difficulties of running a branch from day to day and where he didn’t have the experience or knowledge he inquired further and made notes as he went along.
He spoke in great depth and detail of how he has had to rip apart a Party that really had little structure to it and until a few weeks ago was on the verge of insolvency
He explained meticulously how he is rebuilding and putting together every building block that is needed for UKIP to become a major player in politics once again.
The concerns from many members was that all this was taking too long.  Henry sympathised greatly with their frustrations but explained once again in detail that if we start shooting from the hip, the Party would be seen as a protest group, shot down in flames and would never be seen again.
He truly inspired all that were there to listen and learn. He gave us all great confidence and faith that the members had chosen the right man to lead UKIP on to greater things.
A big thank you for all those who attended, the room was filled to capacity.

Now let’s go out and give Henry the support he’s asked for with candidates in place for next years elections …
Best regards
Paul
Paul Williams

UKIP
Chairman Stafford Branch and
Staffordshire County Committee.
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LATEST UPDATE FROM HENRY BOLTON.

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Date set for Henry Bolton Question Time debut

”On Thursday 30th November, I’ll be participating in my first Question Time as the UKIP Leader. This particular edition, taking place in Scarborough, is going to be focused heavily on Brexit. As the head of Britain’s only true Brexit Party, I’ll be there speaking up for you, and the other 17 million-plus people who voted to take back control of our country. I hope you’re able to watch the show; I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure you enjoy it! “

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Party Leader, Henry Bolton, Continues his tour of the country with the following dates:

West Midlands – 6th December – Great Barr Hotel – Pear Tree Drive, Newton Road, Birmingham B43 6HS, 7pm

Entry is only available to UKIP members, membership cards are required. Please register your interest at the following link:
https://www.myukip.com/meet-the-leader.html
If you have a non member who may wish to attend please confirm with :-
Paul Williams
UKIP
Chairman Stafford Branch and
Staffordshire County Committee.

WMRC Acting Chairman

07914 847433

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Here is the transcript of the speech Henry Bolton made of Thursday.

UKIP’s campaign save our services.

Homeless Veterans

Fact:  Charities estimate that there are some 7,000 homeless veterans on Britain’s streets.

Fact:  In the year 2016/17, some 6,500 homes were given to asylum seekers.

Fact:  At the beginning of November the Home Office proposed moving extremists to the top of council housing waiting lists, helping them into education, training or employment and referring them to the NHS for mental health treatment.

Given the situation regarding our homeless veterans, such a suggestion is simply outrageous!

And you know what, there is an alternative: change the law! The Treason Act should be taken out of the Public Order Act and made fit for purpose against returning Jihadi fighters. If they have British passports and have been fighting for, or in any way providing support to this country’s enemies, the answer is not to give them preferential treatment over our own veterans, but is to prosecute them as the traitors they are.

The human cost of serving our Armed Forces is clearly not only paid in blood, pain and anguish on the battlefield. It goes well beyond.

Think for a moment: 7000 homeless servicemen equates to just under 1 in 10 of the entire strength of the army. Now of course not all homeless ex-servicemen are former soldiers, some are former sailors, airmen and marines, but that 1 in 10 figure gives some idea of the scale of the problem.

It’s not just the individuals themselves who are affected by this. It’s the broken marriages and the anguished parents.

And when one sees that homelessness is generally caused by unemployment we can understand that the problem becomes a broader one. Particularly in a country that has, through its education policies, created a two tier workforce: those with degrees and those, increasingly but wrongly considered as second class, without.

Approximately 3.2% of Armed Forces personnel suffer from mental health related issues. The rates in the Army are higher than those in the Marines which have a higher rate of combat readiness and preparedness. Additionally, the rate has almost doubled since 2007 when selection procedures were more rigid and more training was given. This indicates that the more training that’s provided, the better prepared the individual is for the general mental stresses of military life. This suggests that MoD cost-saving cutbacks in training are having an impact on the welfare and safety of our servicemen as well as more obviously compromising combat effectiveness.

UKIP is clear on the urgent need for a Veterans Administration, headed by a minister.

This will provide a single point of contact in relation to healthcare, housing, counselling, education, training rehabilitation, hospital care, access to financial services and benefits.

A UKIP government would build eight veterans’ hostels, each with 200 rooms and modelled on similar hostels already in operation. We would also build 500 affordable rent homes every year specifically for ex-forces personnel.

We would guarantee the offer of a job in the police, prison service or border force for anyone who has served in the Armed Forces for a minimum of 12 years. We will secure our borders, get more police on the streets, have safer prisons and, unlike the Conservative government, we would honour the Military Covenant.

Armed Forces Recruitment

Armed Forces recruitment is a significant challenge, but easily solved. All three services are failing to hit their recruitment targets by around 10%. The MoD gives many reasons for this: for example pay and conditions and less physical fitness and grit amongst younger people. Whilst these are indeed issues, the biggest problem is the outsourcing of Armed Forces recruitment to private companies.

This outsourcing has significantly harmed Armed Forces recruitment. Whereas twenty years ago you could get into the military within only 3 or 4 months after expressing an interest, it can now take a year or more.

Outsourcing company Capita, which has run Army recruitment since 2012 is paid around £44m a year for a 10 year contract and yet, in that time, recruitment has become an ever greater problem.

A UKIP government would end outsourcing of recruitment, returning the recruitment function to the Armed Forces themselves, as always used to be the case.

Defence Expenditure

In terms of Gross Domestic Product UK defence spending was 2.85% of GDP in 2000. But since the Conservative Government came to power, defence spending has been in steady decline, breaking below 2.4 percent of GDP for the first time in 2016.

Lt Gen Ben Hodges, commander of the US Army in Europe, said the UK would be unable to keep up its international commitments if forces were cut further. Lord Dannet, former Chief of the Defence Staff has said that General Hodges remarks are “timely and well founded”.

Other senior military figures are constantly warning the Conservative Government that their cuts are seriously harming our military capability and I, as a former Chief Planner for the EU’s Common Security & Defence Planner, echo their concern. The UK, in military terms, is significantly weaker in both strength and capabilities, compared to other states, than it was 10-15 years ago.

In order to find internal savings to keep things going, the Ministry of Defence is continuing to sell off assets, intending to sell 30% of its built-on land (barracks etc). Whilst this will release public sector land for 55,000 new homes to be built, it will make any future enlargement of the armed forces difficult and expensive as there will be no barracks to accommodate the personnel and new ones would have to be built. And these things can only be sold once.

In addition, because the Ministry of Defence has failed to apply HM Treasury rules properly, the Treasury has imposed a £31.6 million fine on the MoD. That’s like a bank charging you for a letter telling you that you are overdrawn!

The Army is now at 78,000 soldiers, down from 102,500 in 2010. Main Battle Tank strength has been cut by 40 per cent (Britain now has fewer Main Battle Tanks than neutral Switzerland) and there has been a 35 per cent cut in self-propelled artillery.

Together, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy have suffered more than 10,000 job losses. The Ministry of Defence is now planning to sell HMS Ocean, HMS Albion and HMS Bulwark, thereby ending the UK’s ability to conduct amphibious landings,  and around 1,000 Royal Marines are likely to be axed (1/6th of the entire Royal Marine force).

There are those that will undoubtedly argue that in the modern world we do not require large Armed Forces. Let’s look at that for a moment:

The conflict in Eastern Ukraine has been characterised by the use not only of lightly armed irregular forces, but also by the use of Multi-Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) and main battle tanks. I know. I was there for 4 or 5 months. Signals intelligence and jamming along with cyber-warfare have been employed constantly. The simple fact is that British Armed Forces may still be called upon to fight in any scenario. It’s an uncomfortable truth for this government that not all wars are like that we fought in Afghanistan.

I have served in the Regular and Territorial Army, as a tank soldier, infantry and intelligence officer for a total of nearly 20 years. I have spent the subsequent 20 years in places such as Kosovo, Macedonia and Helmand alongside my military colleagues. Since I joined the army in 1979, I have seen the massive downgrading of our military capabilities compared with those of other states.

Cuts in training have demoralised our Armed Forces and reductions in full spectrum capabilities have left the nation unprepared to face present, let alone emerging threats.

In the context of BREXIT, these reductions are of grave concern.

UKIP would phase in increased defence spending during its first five years in power, up to an additional £5 billion by 2027. We will rebuild our Armed Forces and restore them to their rightful place among the most professional, flexible and effective fighting forces in the world, able to meet the security demands of the modern era and react appropriately to any threat that the UK faces both now and in the future. In forthcoming months our detailed plans will emerge.

The EU’s ‘Permanent Security Cooperation’ (PESCO)

The EU treaties contain clear ambitions for EU defence integration and centralised command and control. These ambitions are now being openly pursued. Just because Jean Claude Juncker’s parents didn’t buy him a train set as a child, does not mean we should give him one to play with now!

Let’s be quite clear:

The EU’s Common Security & Defence plans are associated with the eventual formation of a European Federal State. Any involvement in the EU’s ‘Permanent Security Cooperation (PESCO) would place the UK at significant risk of compromising the integrity and capabilities of the British Armed Forces and of subordinating them to EU authority. In particular, the EU’s integration ambitions:

  • Are a threat to the UK’s status as the only European member of the Five Eyes intelligence community;
  • A threat to NATO cohesion (duplication, divided assets, political competition);
  • Interference with the way national Armed Forces are administered, for example seeking the wider introduction of trade unions;
  • A significantly negative impact on the UK defence industry and procurement. For example: in future Britain may have no choice but to have its warships and tanks built in another EU country;
  • Decisions on UK defence priorities being made by the EU.

Let me dwell a moment on greater EU military integration being a threat to NATO and why that is so important.

The propaganda pumped out by Brussels is entirely misleading and delusional. The European Union is not the reason we’ve had peace in Europe for the past 72 years. NATO and the fact that the member states of that alliance have, until recently, maintained formidable military capabilities is the reason we’ve avoided major conflict.

I served in Germany as a tank soldier and served on the staff of Headquarters 1st British Corps in Germany in the 1980s, during the Cold War. There is no question: it was NATO that was then, and that remains, the military alliance that deterred external aggression and prevented war in Europe. The EU was nowhere to be seen in that context. I find it absolutely staggering that EU officials now claim that it was the EU that kept the peace.

The only reason that EU officials are able to spread their propaganda is that nobody under the age of around 40 or so has any recollection of the Cold War. The likes of Jean-Claude Juncker are exploiting that.

Indeed, it could be argued that the EU, through its ineptitude, has exacerbated, if not created, many of the drivers of conflict, including that in Ukraine.

Countries that are members of the NATO alliance and of the European Union will inevitably pledge assets to PESCO. Indeed that’s the whole point of PESCO. Yet they will not increase resources. The inevitable result will be that resources are split between NATO and EU commitments. Not only that, but the EU will have a significant degree of political and regulatory control over EU Member States’ defence and industrial policy. The inevitable result of that is that EU Member States will all have to agree in some way on any support to NATO, making the entire construct slow when, if conflict or crisis threatens, a timely and decisive response will be crucial.

I have no doubt that many of you will be saying “Ok, but why’s he going on about this when the UK did not sign up to PESCO when it could have done on Monday [Nov 13th] – isn’t it now academic?”

No it is not.

The risk of the government selling our Armed Forces down the river, of British military personnel being deployed under EU political control and of the UK having to apply ever more draconian EU Commission regulations on procurement are as real as they were before Monday.

I return to my earlier point. The EU treaties contain clear ambitions for EU defence integration and centralised command and control. These ambitions are now being openly pursued. The UK government has stated clearly that further integration with European Security & Defence structures is on the cards. Theresa May has stated that the UK is offering to subordinate elements of its military and foreign policies to those of the EU and to dedicate part of our Foreign Aid budget – which of course should be cut – to the EU.  In addition, the Government Paper on this topic  released in September this year, says, at paragraph 75:

“As part of the deep and special partnership, the UK wants to explore how best to ensure that the UK and European defence and security industries can continue to work together to deliver the capabilities that we need to counter the shared threats we face, and promote our mutual prosperity. This could include future UK collaboration in European Defence Agency projects and initiatives. We could also consider options and models for participation in the Commission’s European Defence Fund including both the European Defence Research Programme and the European Defence Industrial Development Programme. Our future partnership would mean European capabilities could be developed in support of our joint security and shared values, with the UK’s research and development expertise, and its world-leading facilities, such as the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, used to support shared objectives.”

Despite the subtlety of this wording, the recently-created structures mentioned all involve UK authority to be delegated to the collective decision-making processes of EU + Norway.

The question is: does the British public want its Armed Forces and defence industry to be regulated and politically controlled, our soldiers, sailors and airmen sent into harm’s way by people they cannot even vote out of power? Or do they want the British government and Parliament to have the unfettered authority to make such decisions?

UKIP believes it’s the latter.

UKIP is fighting and will continue to fight to ensure that the government does not allow our Armed Forces, the Defence Budget, cutting edge military science, research and industry to become institutionally entangled with the EU’s dangerous ambitions. To do so would be to compromise our own ability to defend ourselves. To do so would be to compromise our national ability to ensure that this country is confident, prosperous and secure in the years beyond BREXIT.

That said, UKIP supports cooperation with friends and allies, but we are determined that the UK must never lose independent and sovereign control over its defence policy, military procurement or the use of our armed forces.

Let me be unambiguously clear:

UKIP opposes any subordination to EU policies in the area of Defence and Security.

UKIP will oppose any threat to the cohesion, unity and capabilities of NATO as a result of any EU effort to develop its own military defence capabilities.

UKIP will however actively seek cooperation with all its friends and allies.

Policing and Borders

The aim of UKIP is to ensure that we are secure at home, at our borders and abroad.

The police are obviously the primary agency, being primarily responsible for our security at home. Yet, in addition to compromising our armed forces, the Conservative government has presided over swingeing cuts to our police.

The government has persistently argued that cuts to policing do not affect the front line, yet we have seen a rapid and concerning increase in recorded crime across most areas. With the gradual demise of specialist road traffic units, deaths and serious injuries on our roads are also on the up. The cuts have also not yet ended. The Met Police for example, despite the heightened threat from Jihadi and other extremist terrorism, is having to find a further £400m in savings.

There is no question: Conservative government policies are compromising the enforcement of the rule of law and we are all despite the outstanding efforts of our police officers and staff across the country, inevitably less secure.

UKIP would put an immediate stop to police – and indeed fire service – cuts and would gradually reverse them. Our aim would be to recruit and train a further 20,000 police officers.

On Borders

The Border Force Budget has also been massively reduced:

2012/13 – £617m

2016/17 – £558m

A reduction of £69m in four years!

Mrs May, when asked in the House of Commons about recently Border Force cuts said:

“I reassure my hon. Friend that we are maintaining the capabilities he talked about, but we are delivering them in a different way. He and I have discussed a particular contract that is no longer in place. What Border Force has done is look to see how it can work in a variety of ways to provide that capability, including, obviously, by working with the Royal Navy.”

This would be the same Royal Navy that cannot put some of its major units to sea for want of sailors and supplies, Mrs May?

The Select Committee report on Borders, released today [Nov 16th], makes it very clear that the government has simply been keeping its fingers crossed regarding the BREXIT related impact on our Borders. It makes plain that, if the government does not immediately commence planning and preparation, we risk chaos on our borders. The danger of BREXIT in this area, as in so many others, does not rest in leaving the EU itself, it rests in the government neglecting its duty to plan and prepare.

I have myself long called for a fully funded and comprehensive air, land and sea national Border Strategy. The UK does not have one – even Albania has one!

That is UKIP’s policy. UKIP would also immediately reverse cuts to the Border Force and I call on Phillip Hammond in his budget presentation to do exactly that. UKIP would also immediately commence the recruitment of a further 4,00 Border Force staff.

Conclusion

In this speech I have referred to a UKIP government. For many this may appear a lofty ambition. However, it is only by presenting practical and achievable solutions to real challenges, by presenting credible policies, that we will achieve the influence to make them happen. And that is what I have done today.

UKIP is the only party that is 100% supportive of our Armed and emergency services. The only party that is pledging to reverse the real cuts to our military, police and Border Force – the only party pledging to look after our veterans.

We are the only party that is 100% committed to preventing the subordination of our Defence Policy to the EU in any way.

UKIP today pledges to save our services and to protect our protectors, through BREXIT and  beyond.

The video of his speech can be viewed by clicking on the Facebook Page here link below.

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Watch me
 launch UKIP’s ‘Save our Services’ campaign tomorrow.

Whilst praising our armed and emergency services, the government is compromising our national security and stabbing our servicemen and women, our police officers and our Border Force in the back.

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UKIP is the only party fully committed to the independent security of our country and to the welfare of our uniformed personnel. Tomorrow, alongside Mike Hookem MEP, I will detail how we will honour that commitment. Join me by watching our launch live via our Facebook page here.

Date set for my Question Time debut

On Thursday 30th November, I’ll be participating in my first Question Time as the UKIP Leader. This particular edition, taking place in Scarborough, is going to be focused heavily on Brexit. As the head of Britain’s only true Brexit Party, I’ll be there speaking up for you, and the other 17 million-plus people who voted to take back control of our country. I hope you’re able to watch the show; I’ll be doing everything I can to make sure you enjoy it!

Kind Regards 
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Henry Bolton

UKIP Leader

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The majority of EU nation states are preparing to sign up for enhanced military integration on Monday. UKIP is demanding that the government withholds its signature on the agreement called Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).Henry Bolton, the UKIP leader said, “The EU is dictating to Britain again. “Give us your military, your money and remain subordinate to the EU Courts and then we might, perhaps, talk about trade. So, that deal is better than no deal is it?“The scandal is that, from what we understand, the Government is preparing to submit to blackmail and commit our armed forces and defence procurement to the control of the European Union.“The government has a mandate from 17.4m people to take us out of the EU, but instead the Conservatives are planning to commit the UK to even greater military integration with the EU. Let me be unambiguously clear, PESCO is not about cooperation, which we do already work towards bi-laterally and within NATO, but it is about integration.“I’m calling for cooperation, not integration and subordination our the EU.“This Tory government is determined to sell our sovereign military capability down the river to save money and do a deal with a Brussels. It is an outrage, particularly at this time of year when are thoughts and prayers are with those hundreds of thousands who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep these islands free”.Bolton continued, “The Government are telling us that “No final decisions have yet been made about whether the UK will participate in Pesco”. Yet the decision has to be made this Monday. You would have thought they would have made up their mind by now. It is clear that Theresa May’s government intends slip this in without anyone noticing. If they do, I, my party and the country will never forgive them.“If the government signs into PESCO, it will be proof positive that their intent is to achieve BrexINO, Brexit in name only”

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Henry Bolton’s Twitter Feed.

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UKIP LEADER TO VISIT BIRMINGHAM.

Henry Bolton will be visiting us on the
6th December 7-30pm at the
Great Barr Hotel
Pear Tree Dr, Newton Road, Birmingham, Great Barr B43 6HS
The arrangement as it stands,
From 7.30pm open to all members with a speech from Henry followed with a Q and A.
 
An hour before the address (6.30pm.) a Q and A with Branch Chairman and Officials only.
 
I am aware this date may clash with your branch’s AGM. as you know it is preferred by HQ that your AGM is now held before the end of year but they are being relaxed for this year if some are held in January. I hope this helps.
I will keep you up to date in regards to this event and any other ‘seismic news’ as and when I get it.
Best regards
Paul

Paul Williams

UKIP
Chairman Stafford Branch and
Staffordshire County Committee.

WMRC Acting Chairman

07914 847433

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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.

Position

Appointee

Deputy Leader

Margot Parker MEP

Asst. Deputy Leader

Jim Carver MEP

Asst. Deputy Leader

Mike Hookem MEP

Interim Chairman

Paul Oakden

Political Advisor

Jonathan Arnott

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

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 EU/BREXIT

Gerard Batten MEP

Electoral Reform

David Allen

Sport

Bill Etheridge MEP

Aid & International Development

Margot Parker MEP

 

Henry Bolton OBE
Party Leader

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Dear Members,

I shall be providing you with regular updates on my activities. This is the first of those reports.

My first week as Party Leader started very much in the media spotlight. I’ve appeared on ITV, the BBC (twice), Russia Today (twice), LBC, Talk Radio, BBC South East, Australian TV, Italian TV and many others. The media attention continues but has eased off, partly because of the mess the Tories are in, allowing me to concentrate on the urgent task of planning for the future.

I know many of you want to know what decisions I have made regarding my team and various aspects of reorganisation, but I intend to get them right, not rush them. To that end I am familiarising myself fully with the present situation: the state of our finances, personnel issues, organisational matters, legal affairs, processes etc. before I decide anything concrete. We all know there are problems and I am determined to solve them properly. That said, you will not need to wait long, I shall be promulgating a range of decisions one week from now.

‘Fake News’ is an ongoing issue and appears to have infected the party. I am not in the habit of commenting on rumours and speculation, but I also hear there is a rumour that anyone who voted for Anne-Marie Waters is unwelcome in the party. This is untrue. Anyone who believes in and supports our party is welcome. During my acceptance speech I said “Whether you voted for me or not, I would call on you all, please, to rally around the party, to be united, because without being united, we cannot lead the nation.” Please watch that speech here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=192dnDnrvSM 

Ignore any mendacious attempts to undermine and damage our party. We have a job to do and two immediate priorities to get on with:

Ensuring Brexit is delivered and that it launches us on the path to being prosperous, secure, optimistic, confident and proud nation in every way;

Giving local people a say over the future of their communities; forcing local government to listen and serve.

The coming week:

During coming week I have a range of national and international media appearances. I shall be travelling to Brussels to speak with our MEP’s and staff there and I then hope to pay an initial visit to Lexdrum House. At the end of the week I shall be finalising appointments to my top team and Shadow Cabinet.

In the coming couple of months I shall be asking the party to commence the selection of constituency Parliamentary Spokesmen who will, when we get to the next General Election, become our Parliamentary Candidates. Before doing so however, I wish to ensure that we have the necessary resources in place to properly support them.

Henry Bolton OBE
Party Leader

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UKIP

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James Carver is “delighted” to have secured a key position in Henry Bolton’s new leadership team, joining the top table as Assistant Deputy Leader, along with fellow MEP Mike Hookem.

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