Wednesday, 25 August 2010
UKIP leadership contest: Gerard Batten to stand
As expected, Batten has announced his intention to stand for the leadership of UKIP. Last year he was beaten into second place by Lord Pearson.
Sadly, Gerard has a poor track record when it comes to speaking out in public about the widespread corruption in the party. For years, he has tolerated Farage's dishonesty and lies in order to avoid deselection as an MEP. Can he change and finally find the courage to stand up to Farage and clean up UKIP? We shall see.
UK Independence Party
From Gerard Batten MEP, London
Date: 25th August 2010
GERARD BATTEN MEP TO RUN FOR
LEADERSHIP OF THE UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY
Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP for London, announces his intention to be a candidate in the forthcoming leadership contest for the UK Independence Party.
Mr Batten came second in the UKIP leadership election in November 2009. He is founder member of UKIP and has represented London since 2004.
Mr Batten said, "I will saying more about my programme for the Party as the contest progresses. At this stage it is sufficient to say that my vision for the Party is for it to continue its development as a radical alternative to the cross-party consensus that is reducing Britain the status of a colony of the European Union.
"I have been persuaded to make my decision on the basis of the large number of calls and messages I have had from UKIP activists and members asking me to enter the contest and because I have a clear view of where the Party should be heading".* *
Note: Press or media who wish to speak to Mr Batten can contact him on his office number 020 7403 7174.
End of statement.
Tim will be pleased!
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