Naturally he was not given the opportunity to defend himself.
The South West Committee was not informed of the NEC’s decision.
The following day Nigel Farage travelled to Lexdrum House to meet the South West Committee.
Those present included:
It was pointed out in a letter signed by Piers Merchant and Roger Knapman that the meeting was unlawful as the committee members had not been given the designated 21 days notice. As you can imagine Farage became extremely agitated after seeing this letter!
The purpose of the meeting was to de-select Dr Edmond as an MEP candidate. However, this could not be done as the meeting had not been properly constituted.
Farage was then forced to admit that the NEC had already decided to remove Dr Edmond from the MEP list. The committee was less than impressed with this revelation and pointed out to a now agitated Farage that any decision to remove Dr Edmond should have been left to them as they represented the people who had originally selected him.
Farage then accused Dr Edmond of disrupting several NEC meetings. He also claimed that he had been removed from the NEC for reporting UKIP to the Electoral Commission.
Farage was lying.
As a member of UKIP’s NEC Dr Edmond had been jointly and severally liable for UKIP’s debts. He had simply written to the Commission AFTER his removal from the NEC informing them that he was no longer liable for any future debts.
I should add that Dr Edmond had also written to Dr Whittaker requesting details of all financial transactions made during his time on the NEC. Dr Whittaker ignored his request.
It was decided to remove Dr Edmond from the Committee. They also confirmed his removal from the MEP list. He has also been banned from holding ANY office within UKIP.
Dr Edmond is set to be thrown out of UKIP when the proposed constitutional changes are approved.
Please remember that ALL decisions made at this meeting were unlawful because it was not properly constituted. I would urge all South West members to refuse to accept the decision of this ‘committee’. They should also demand the immediate reinstatement of Dr Edmond as both an MEP candidate and a committee member.