UKIP President tell Local party to withdraw from election
On Radio 4 last week Lord Pearson stated that his party UKIP would not stand in Constituency that had an Anti EU candidate standing I thought great, then they will withdraw their Sittingbourne & Sheppey Candidate and give euro Realist a straight run. There reply was this was only for Candidates who signed up for the Britain out of Europe campaign, good because candidate Gordon Henderson has signed up to this.
Lord Pearson went on to say "It would be a mistake for UKIP to keep genuine and determined Euro-sceptics out of the House of Commons in a seat where we cannot win."He had proposed withdrawing from Sittingbourne and Sheppey but the local party had disagreed
I spoke to the UKIP Parliamentary candidate for Sittingbourne and Sheppey and asked why he is going against the advice of his President and why he is standing against a Candidate who has very similar views on Europe. It was brought to his attention that he could stop Gordon Henderson winning this seat and let in a Pro Europe Candidate, UKIP were responsible at the last election in letting the Pro European Derek Wyatt in 2005. Wyatt beat Gordon Henderson by 79 votes UKIP polled 926 votes if UKIP had withdrawn from that election the Anti EU Candidate Gordon Henderson would have been voted in.
So why are they standing they tell me they believe they can win yes they reckon they can increase their vote by 17,000 if they believe that then they are what the Pro Europeans call them the CRANKY Party. There is obviously some ulterior motive behind there doggedness to stand knowing full well they will not win, is maybe because their group has some disenfranchised Tories who have an axe to grind or is it just an ego trip for a few of their committee who knows but one thing is for sure they are not for Getting out of Europe like Gordon Henderson
Martin Clarke Sittingbourne