Fresh off the presses – my latest column in which I discuss Nigel Farage’s decision to stand down as UKIP leader
There are very few genuinely courageous politicians who have emerged over my lifetime, but Nigel Farage is one.
UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall MEP discusses Nigel Farage’s return as party leader:
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Well the conference has been and gone. It took some six months to organise and I’m sure that all of us who have been involved with putting the conference together are glad it is over! As far as conferences go, it was close to perfect: great venue, excellent speeches, good fun and high drama.
I’d like to personally thank Terry Durrance who did an outstanding job as Conference Committee Chairman.
The conference opened with the ‘Chairman’s Reception’ on Thursday evening. I think all of us who attended were ‘in stitches’ at Frank Carson’s politically incorrect turn. This was followed by high drama on the Friday when Nigel Farage informed the party of his decision to resign.
I know this might sound like political spin, but Nigel was right to go when he did. He has so much ‘on his plate’ being the President of Freedom and Democracy Group in the European Parliament, Leader of the UKIP MEPs and now committed to fighting John Bercow in Buckingham. I believe that it would have been counterproductive to go into the New Year with a leader doing so many jobs and I think Nigel has been very unselfish standing down at conference. We all agree that we need to get a new leader in place before Christmas so he or she has ample time to prepare for the General Election campaign.
Of course when Nigel announced he was going, the question on everyone’s lips was ‘who is going to succeed him?’ When I was approached by the BBC, The Times and a number of other media outlets asking if I was going to stand I simply told them I was 50/50. Of course I knew in ‘heart of hearts’ that time is not right for me, but I just wanted to see whether ‘credible’ candidates would put their names forward. This seems to be happening. Continue reading Conference and Leadership
Delegates from all over the country will be arriving in Southport this week for the UK Independence Party’s national conference.
It will be the first national political conference to be held in the town’s waterfront Conference Centre.
The event – “Building on Success”- takes place on Friday and Saturday and will be officially opened by the deputy mayor of Sefton, Cllr Maureen Fearn.
Party chairman, Paul Nuttall said today that he was confident that it would be the best conference ever held by the party.
“As I am the MEP for the North West I am particularly delighted that UKIP agreed with my suggestion that it should be held here.
“This is a very important time for us. We did spectacularly well in the Euro elections, knocking Labour into third place, and now we are determined to do well in the forthcoming General Election and local council elections,” he said.
“We are no longer a single issue party and we have a raft of policies covering all the major issues, such as education, defence crime and health.
“More and more people are turning to UKIP and we are rapidly growing in strength with new branches opening every month,” said Mr Nuttall.
The key note conference speech will be delivered by Party Leader Nigel Farage, MEP, at noon on Friday.