Saturday, July 30

KILROY QUITS!

Robert Kilroy Silk, has sensationally admitted defeat in his self styled attempt to "change the face of British politics," by resigning as leader of the Veritas party.
The chatshow host turned MEP, yesterday walked out on the party which he set up less than six months ago, following internal wranglings and dwindling resources. Kilroy had previously joined the UK Independence party and was elected MEP for the East Midlands in 2004, but left after a failed leadership bid.
Kilroy Silk yesterday admitted that his recent efforts to up turn the establishment had been in vain . "It was clear from the General Election result - and more recently that of the Cheadle by-election – that the electors are content with the old parties and that it would be virtually impossible for a new party to make a significant impact given the nature of our electoral system. We tried and failed," said Kilroy in a statement.
Kilroy, now intends to return to the European Parliament, where he hasn't been seen since April, to continue to represent the East Midlands on an anti EU ticket.
In the meantime the future of Veritas looks in doubt. Party Chairman Patrick Eston will take over as acting party leader until the AGM later in the year.

Source: Veritas

Friday, July 29

UKIP MEPs claim £70,000 expenses

It has emerged this week that UKIP MEPs are more than doubling their £59,000 salaries with personal expenses.
As MEPs prepare to face the public scrutiny of having their expenses published for the first time it has been revealed that those who represent the eastern region, Tom Wise and Jeffrey Titford, claim an average of £70,000 a year on top of their wages.
It is money they do not need, according to clean-up politics campaigner Martin Bell who said MEPs found themselves trapped in a culture of expenses.
Defending his expense account, UKIP MEP Jeffrey Titford, 72, said: "I am not prepared to rough it at this time of my life."
This echoes sentiments made by Yorkshire and Humber MEP, Godfrey Bloom last year. When asked to comment on his £59,000 salary, Bloom spluttered "I can't live on that!" and was quickly forced to backtrack by party bosses.

Source: Norwich Evening News, York Evening Press

Wednesday, July 27

A UKIP Exodus

Following the news last week, that a senior figure of UKIP South East has defected to the Conservatives, and the recent court dispute between Mike Nattrass and his campaign co-ordinator, yet another senior UKIP member has thrown in the towel.
Peter Rogers, UKIP Leeds Party Chairman has left the Party amidst a financial dispute.
Rogers, also a senior figure in the Campaign to Reject the European Constitution, sighted UKIP's lack of support and financial resources as reason for quitting.
"During the 2005 General Election the Branch was entirely without funds and we could only scrape together enough resources to fight one campaign in Pudsey." Said Rogers in his resignation letter.
He went on to lambaste UKIP's decision place the branch's £400 election campaign fund under direct control of UKIP head office.
"Since UKIP cannot trust my word or trust me with £400.00, or involve the Branch Committee with campaign strategy, I feel I must resign my Party Membership as I clearly am not the sort of chap UKIP wants."

Source: Talk Veritas Website

Monday, July 25

Tight fisted Nattrass

A STAFFORD campaigner who claimed he was left out of pocket despite doing work for the United Kingdom Independence Party will get a pay-out of £1,255.
Paul Gilbert, the former regional organiser for UKIP, spent £255 of his own money booking a speaker for a party conference but was never reimbursed.
And he was not paid for administration work at the party’s Birmingham head office in May last year after his boss, MEP and Stone Parliamentary candidate Mike Nattrass, claimed he was hardly ever there.
At a small claims hearing at Stoke-on-Trent county court on Tuesday Deputy District Judge John Oldham ruled that Ukip should pay Mr Gilbert £255 for the speaker and £1,000 for work he carried out in May.
But Mr Gilbert’s claim that UKIP had not paid him for work he did in June last year was rejected by Mr Oldham. UKIP was also ordered to pay £100 towards Mr Gilbert’s court costs. The hearing heard that Mr Gilbert, of Little Haywood, was appointed as regional organiser for the party in 2003.
By February 2004 he was relieved of his duties by UKIP’s deputy leader Mike Nattrass, who asked him to do work for the party at its new head office instead, answering phones, processing cheques and banking.
Mr Gilbert said: "The volume of paperwork was considerable and the desk was not very secure. There were many interruptions from volunteers. It was not the best environment to work in. The security could not be maintained so I took work, including cheques, home. "I was still in the office regularly, probably at least three days a week until May 27."
But Mr Nattrass told the hearing he had asked Mr Gilbert to work from the head office so he could answer calls about the party as the inexperienced people in the office could not speak authoritatively.
"I was surprised when he did not attend the office and was surprised he took the cheques home when we had secure facilities at the office," he said.
"When the cheques were processed they should have been banked the next morning. As a chartered surveyor I would not expect to get paid if I did not do a job properly. We did not get value for money. I do not see that we owe him anything.
" Speaking afterwards Mr Gilbert said: "This vindicates bringing the case."
Mr Nattrass added: "I’m glad it’s all over."

Source: UKIP uncovered

Friday, July 22

UKIP NEC Meeting

On July 19th UKIP held their National Executive Committee (NEC) Meeting, to preside over the party's activities over the coming months. Here is what they decided:

1. Post-election Roundup by David Lott and Linda Guest. Linda Guest presented her impressions of the problems that she and others had experienced in conducting the campaign, together with their views on what lessons could be learned for the future. She understood that the campaign had to be conducted on a shoestring financial basis. David Lott added that money is the bottom line for action and that branch funds are an essential element. Good grassroots communication must be established and an additional person was being recruited to the press office to achieve precisely that. A summary of the views expressed in regional meetings was also presented to members.

2. Affinity Card. (Membership card) Ian Gillman gave a presentation on the probable financial benefits of a UKIP affinity card. The committee agreed that his suggestions should be pursued.

3. Autumn Campaign. Robin Collett and Roger Knapman informed the meeting of more detailed plans for the petition being organised for mid-September following an initiative of our MEPs and with the financial backing of the Ind-Dem group. Polling on various questions including whether the UK should or should not remain a member of the EU was being undertaken within the next few days.

4. Party Constitution. It was agreed that a special meeting of the NEC should be arranged solely for the detailed discussion of the new constitution so that the proposals could then be presented to the membership as a whole. Michael Zuckerman considered that it was also important that a new set of rules on disciplinary and other matters should be drawn up as soon as possible so that they were mutually consistent with the new constitution.

5. UKIP Local. David Samuel-Camps presented a paper on local government and it was agreed that the existing literature should be revised, put on CD and sent to every branch. A manual for local government candidates should be produced and a local government policy document. Roger Knapman observed that the financial decision on this would be taken as soon as the new General Secretary had been appointed.

6. Conference Details. Mike Nattrass gave details of how the two days will be organised The first day will be held at the Methodist Central Hall, organised by the Ind-Dem Group and will concentrate on European issues. The leaders of the successful no campaigns in France and Holland will be in attendance. The second day will be the traditional UKIP conference held at the nearby Emmanual Conference Centre. The conference committee had met the previous day.

7. Party Groups. It is a sign of the increasing importance and size of the party that new special interest groups are being set up. The Party chairman was authorised to add to the new constitution definitions of the precise relationship between any such bodies and the Party. Lobby groups which the party can ignore or support were considered acceptable

8. GLA Defectors. It was agreed that letters should be sent to the Department of Constitutional Affairs about the present legal situation.

Source: UKIP

Wednesday, July 20

Founding member of UKIP joins the Tories

A former acting leader of the UK Independence Party, Craig Mackinlay, has announced that he is leaving UKIP to join the Conservatives.
Craig Mackinlay was a founding member of the UKIP and has stood as a candidate for the General Elections of 1992, 1997, 2001 and 2005. He also stood for the European Parliamentary elections of 1994, 1999 and 2004, where he was fourth on the UKIP list for the south east region.

Source: The Conservative Party

Tuesday, July 19

UKIP hijack Google

Following on from Godfrey Bloom's fridge auction clanger, UKIP have come up with another tacky initiative to raise party funds.
SEARCH UKIP is an on line search engine, which puts money into the party's coffers everytime it is used.
The party also anticipates that this will attract some of the 15% of voters at the last general election, who searched the web to find out about political parties.

UKIP frown upon the passing of Sir Edward Heath

Commenting on the death of former Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath, U.K. Independence Party leader Roger Knapman MEP said that he had ‘served his country well until 1945, and then drawn the wrong conclusions from his experiences’.

Mr Knapman continued, “Sir Edward was well liked and well respected both as a Prime Minister and as a person. It is unfortunate that the conclusions he drew from his experiences up until 1945 have proved to be wrong. His lasting legacy has been the continual erosion of the sovereignty of our nation, as he himself admitted in his final speech to the House of Commons.”

Source: UKIP

Wednesday, July 13

UKIP acknowledge the EU's ability to help the regions

ALL NINE North-West MEPs are asking the European Commission for help to stem Cumbria’s economic decline.In a show of unity, MEPs representing Labour, the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and UK Independence Party have written to Danuta Hubner, the commissioner for regional policy, to express grave concerns about Cumbria’s performance.
The MEPs wrote: “Cumbria’s economy is among the worst performing in the UK and there is a need for concerted support from EU and UK government sources to address this decline.”
Only five European regions saw their economies shrink between 1995 and 2001 – Cumbria, Berlin and parts of Bulgaria, Romania and the Czech Republic.
Figures for economic growth between 2000 and 2002 show that Cumbria achieved only 77 per cent of the EU average.
The MEPs fear that Cumbria will lose out in its allocation of regional funding when the EU budget for 2007 to 2013 is decided.They said: “Given Cumbria’s serious economic situation, we would welcome the opportunity to explore ways in which we can support the county’s economic development.”
The MEPs who signed the letter are Labour’s Terry Wynn, Gary Titley and Arlene McCarthy; Conservatives Robert Atkins, David Sumberg and Den Dover; Chris Davies and Saj Karim for the Liberal Democrats; and Dr John Whittaker of UKIP.

Source: News and Star, July 12th 2005

Tuesday, July 12

An opportunity not to be missed!

An amazing opportunity has arisen for the position of General Secretary of the United Kingdom Independence Party.
The ideal candidate should be able to demonstrate an extreme distrust of the European Union and have little knowledge of its institutions.
The preferable candidate must also exercise a high degree of political incorrectness, and show the ability to offend various members of society, for example women of child baring age and asylum seekers.
The position will require liaison with UKIP members of the European Parliament to ensure that they make no more than a handful of appearances in the parliament each year and also to co-ordinate their lack of work.
A dislike of foreigners would be advantageous.

Deadline: Due to a lack of interest, the deadline for this job has been extended from its originally advertised date of August 5th. The deadline will now be August 20th.

Note: UKIP is an equal opportunities employer.

For more information, please visit http://www.w4mp.org/html/personnel/jobs/disp_job.asp?ref=1766

Veritas members to challenge leader Kilroy Silk

Former chat-show host Robert Kilroy-Silk is facing a leadership challenge just months after setting up his new party. Disillusioned members have launched a campaign to oust the television star turned Euro MP from the helm of Veritas. Member Ken Wharton says he is planning to stand against Mr Kilroy-Silk. He said: "The members really are not being looked after. The party is being mis-managed, we have no constitution and Kilroy is always away on holiday." Mr Kilroy-Silk launched Veritas - Latin for "truth" - in February after quitting the UK Independence Party (UKIP) following his failed attempt to take over the leadership. But he is already facing anger from members over his running of the party. Mr Wharton, 47, who was in the Navy but is now unemployed, says he will challenge for the leadership as soon as a democratic leadership contest is allowed. Ironically, Mr Kilroy-Silk argued that is exactly what he was denied in UKIP. Discontented members set up a Veritas Members' Association last night, promising to "put the truth back into Veritas". It aims to alter the way the party is run and make it more answerable to the membership. The group claims 10 of Veritas's general election candidates have already tendered their resignations from the party.

Source: ukipforum

Monday, July 11

Batten on the defensive

In a week that saw Europe commemorate 6o years since the end of the second world war, ten years since the massacre in Srebrenica, and the worst terrorist attack on British soil, UKIP's spokesperson on foreign affairs Gerard Batten hit out at plans to create a European Defence Agency (EDA).
The agency which would predominantly be for humanitarian purposes and improved military co-ordination, would lay the groundwork for a rapid reaction force. This would be to prevent the kind of atrocities which have happened on Europe's doorstep over recent years.
Not being one to learn from the mistakes of the past, Batten branded the creation of the agency illegal. He likened the plans to the way in which Nazi Germany was left to set up "glider clubs" during the 1930's, which transformed into the brutal Luftwaffe.

Source: Parliament Magazine Issue 207

Friday, July 8

Disgrace

UKIP yesterday showed solidarity with other political parties in condemning the terrorist atrocities, which took the life of over 50 innocent civilians in London. In a statement, UKIP leader Roger Knapman extended his condolences to the victims families and praised the emergency services for their efforts.
Nevertheless, on a day when there was no political capital to be made, it appeared the UKIP affiliated party in the London assembly, Veritas-UKIP could simply not resist. A web blog endorsed by Veritas-UKIP, used the attacks as reason to launch an assault on London Mayor Ken Livingstone, Tony Blair, The Olympics and The London Transport System.
Although a disclaimer on the web site states that these are not the official views of the party, the fact that these ill timed, sarcastic views have been posted and remain available, whilst many lay critically ill in hospital beggars belief. As such offensive material has not been removed from the Veritas web site, it may be that the views are widely held throughout the party. This would go along with the anti Muslim sentiments made by Robert Kilroy Silk last year, for which he still refuses to apologise.

The comments appear on the Veritas web site.

Thursday, July 7

UKIP agree with Labour and the Tories to ditch software patents

It does not happen very often, but this week UKIP MEPs voting in Strasbourg agreed with their Conservative, Lib Dem and Labour colleagues -to throw out controversial plans for an EU directive on software patents.

The proposals aimed at harmonising patenting for computer software across the 25 member States, would overhaul the current system whereby software is protected by a series of copy rights.

By supporting the overall rejection of the bill UKIP were part of the 648 votes in favour of the report being binned.

However, it would seem that UKIP had different motives behind the rejection of this proposal. Whilst the main parties endorsed the need for the directive - to improve EU competitiveness and create jobs, they were simply unhappy with the proposal in its present form. The main political parties feared the draft would stifle small business and hinder innovation. UKIP however, were completely opposed to the proposed law in any shape or form, in continuing to oppose all things European.

Source: UKIP EU Observer

Tuesday, July 5

Mote left to fight fraud allegations

UKIP reject Ashley Mote, was today stripped of his immunity from prosecution by fellow MEPs voting in Strasbourg.
Mote, who failed to declare nine charges of false accounting and one of making a false representation in relation to housing benefits, now looks certain to face the charges against him.
Before the vote in Strasbourg, Mote made a last ditch attempt to defend himself by writing to fellow MEPs. In his letter, Mote claimed the report which recommended his immunity be dropped was illegal. Nevertheless, this did not stop the overwhelming majority of parliamentarians from deciding that Mote should be left to fight the allegations.

Source: European Parliament Minutes

Monday, July 4

Titford takes on the Commission

UKIP MEP for the eastern region, Jeffrey Titford has this week submitted a written question to the European Commission. Titford has asked the Commission to outline it's plans on a range of EU topics in light of the recent referenda on the draft EU constitution. The question read as follows:

"In view of the clear rejection of the EU Constitution by France and the Netherlands, would the Commission confirm by what legal authority it is continuing with such projects as the development of a European public prosecutor, a European External Action Service (diplomatic service), a European space policy, a European Defence Agency and Rapid Reaction Force (armed forces), a European Fundamental Rights Agency, a European police force, and a European asylum and immigration policy.

Furthermore, would the Commission confirm in each case the relevant clause of the EU budget which allows the funding of these individual projects."

An answer, which will no doubt disappoint Mr Titford is expected in the coming weeks. It is likely to inform him, that such projects were created before the debate on the constitution began. Moreover, these projects are being developed under the the watchful eye of the directly elected Parliament and the full control of the Member States in the council.

Source: UKIP

Friday, July 1

Nationalist Nutter Nattrass

UKIP deputy Leader Mike Nattrass, this week took another cheap publicity swipe at all things European.
In a letter to the Birmingham Post, Nattrass condemned plans to make Irish an official language of the European Union, accused it of supporting corruption in Africa.... not to mention it's roll in wide spread animal slaughter.
The final insult came when Nattrass showed complete disregard to the 450 million citizens, 25 member states and the many cultures which make the EU the symbol of diversity it is. In a statement which wouldn't be out of place in a BNP meeting Nattrass said "it would appear that EU citizenship has yet to be civilised by the adoption of British standards."

Source: Birmingham Post. June 29 2005 page 9

Patents Harm Software- Tom Wise Letter to the Telegraph

SIR - The "Computer-Implemented Inventions Directive" (CIID) is an attempt, by the Council and Commission of the EU, to engulf software in the patent-system. It would expose software-producers to crippling claims from predatory patent-holders and so paralyse all but a few big players in the field. Next week, the European Parliament will vote on the CIID and approve it, reject it, or, by amendments, knock the stuffing out of it. The result will be close, because leading members of two large parliamentary groups, the European People's Party (to which British Tories are allied) and the Alliance of Liberal Democrats for Europe, will support it, while the Independence and Democracy Group (which includes UKIP), the Greens, and Socialists will vote against.In 2002, seeing the CIID as a stitch-up on behalf of big corporations, the European Parliament threw out the proposal. Not letting the Parliament have the last word, the Council and Commission reintroduced the proposals.
Tom Wise MEP (UKIP)Brussels

Source: The Daily Telegraph, July1 2005 Page 25