Doug Denny resigns from UKIP

Another of UKIP's most loyal and high profile members over the past 15 years resigns because of Farage.

Subject: Resignation from the UK Independence Party.

Date: Fri, 7 Nov 2014

Dear colleagues and friends,

I am very sorry to have to say, I have today made the decision to resign from UKIP.

By being deselected as the candidate for Portsmouth South it has made my position in the party untenable and impossible to support the party any longer.

Nigel and the leadership hierarchy have demonstrated conclusively that they are willing to manipulate the MP candidates' selection process by the ruse of proclaiming chosen 'targetted' seats, and have changed the rules recently to allow this to be done, and where the NEC can choose the candidate rather than the membership of the branch. Those choosing will be under the shadow of Nigel Farage.

It is direct interference with the fundamental principles of democracy in the party.

The changed rules allowing this interference (which are on the website) state any decision in choosing a candidate is to be made jointly by the NEC and with the branch constituency concerned. No such discussions happened with Portsmouth South, where I have assisted the chairman and others in starting the branch and obtaining six councillors in the recent local elections from nothing before.

The deselection was arbitrarily announced with no consultation or warning to branch chairman or myself. I am apparently, "free to stand anywhere else" - but not in Portsmouth South ! This is sheer nonsense by any standard, and reflects the cynical desire to stop a particular candidate now it is known (after eighteen months of the candidate becoming known publicly as the UKIP candidate for the election) ....that it is a winnable seat. What hypocrisy! what anti-democracy shown by the party that declares it is the only truly democratic party in Britain.

Blatant interference with constituency candidates has never been done before in UKIP, and especially where an already properly adopted canidate for a general election was exclusively chosen by the constituency branch members. What has happened to Portsmouth South is in my opinion immoral, undemocratic, and deeply corrupt.

This gerrymandering by subtle manipulation of the candidates' listings was introduced for the first time in UKIP with the MEP selection process too, promoted by various officers at top level and others. I became very unpopular at the top by trying to stop it. Perhaps I have lived with knowing what I believe to be inherent corruption in the party for far too long, and been nieve in thinking I could ameliorate it.

UKIP has come of age in British politics. It was for a while, but it is no longer, the truly democtratic "Peoples Party" its leader proclaims. No longer is it the political party "different to all the rest by being transparent and honest" ...which I joined in 1999. Sad but true.

ON a more positive note: UKIP has nearly completed its task and it's only role in British politics, which I set out to help accomplish over twenty years ago, initially with the Referendum Party - to force the other political parties into a position to give the British people a referendum on membership of the EU. This is now being implemented by the Conservative Party due to the pressure of UKIP.

Once a referendum is achieved, UKIP's original role is then finished. It's raison d'etra will then be extinct, and as a party it will fade into the obscurity of footnotes in history. Nevertheless, I am still proud to have been a part of it for over fifteen years to help being it to its peak now and force a referendum for the British people on remaining in the EU.

Douglas Denny.

An Independence From Europe was the 6th largest party in the Euro Elections, gaining almost a quarter of a million votes accross England

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Results

East Midlands

East of England

London

North East

North West

South East

South West

West Midlands

Yorkshire and the Humber

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26,564

26,675

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26,731

45,199

23,169

27,171

24,297

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We received 235,124 votes in England.

We were in 6th place.

We received more votes than BNP and the English Democrats.

Not bad for a party that has only been going for six months.

A Statement from Paul Wiffen Lead Candidate East of England

I spoke to so many people during the campaign who had previously supported UKIP's core message of leaving the European Union but had found that the constant addition of right-wing policies to that message (like the privatisation of infrastructure like NHS & the railways for example) meant that they could no longer associate themselves with such a rightwing position and were grateful that they could vote to leave the EU without endorsing policies primarily added on the hoof by Farage to attract the Tory vote. As this exactly mirrored my experience, I felt that I was finally in the centrist party I had always wanted to join and therefore fully able to support all of our published policies. I'd like to thank the tens of thousands of people who voted for me on May 22nd, which was a very encouraging start to our first foray into the electoral fray."

Paul Wiffen, M.A.(Hons) OXON

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