Tuesday, February 22

Kilroy-Silk to speak in Bolton

TELEVISION presenter and politician Robert Kilroy-Silk has chosen Bolton to make one of his first public appearances since launching his new party.

The Euro-MP, who formed his new group, Veritas, after a public split with the leaders of the UK Independence Party (UKIP), will be hoping he can win over members of his old party and new supporters alike.

He will address the Bolton branch of Veritas - the first to be set up in the country - at a meeting at the Pack Horse Inn on Nelson Square at Wednesday, March 16 at 7.30pm.

So far the party claim to have attracted 24 new members in the borough, half of them from outside the party.

Mike Ford, chairman of the Bolton branch of Veritas, said he believed the membership of the branch would eclipse the 60 members boasted by the former UK Independence Party branch.

He said: "We believe Robert Kilroy-Silk is the man to lead us forward and cut through all the rubbish that we hear in modern politics.

"The Bolton branch of UKIP established a reputation as being one of the most active and vociferous in the country.

"The people who ran that branch are now in Veritas and we hope to have an even bigger affect."

The committee of the new branch has been formed by the former five man UKIP branch board which resigned in a row with the national party.

They claim to have been put under "undue pressure" by UKIP leaders not to hold a extraordinary annual general meeting which was expected to back Mr Kilroy-Silk's call for a leadership contest while he was still in that party.

The new Veritas group will hold its first meeting at Bolton Arena on Wednesday, February 23, at 7.30pm.

Both meetings are open to the public.

Source: This is Lancashire, Monday 21 February 2005

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