Reshuffle at top as UKIP gets set to fly

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A party that claims it is “flying without wings” is calling on supporters in South Holland and The Deepings to help it prepare for the 2015 election campaign.

This follows a reshuffle of UKIP leadership in the constituency due to the unexpected resignation of treasurer Peter Stoner, on health grounds. Mr Stoner will continue to work for the party in a less active role.

Peter Bird has also resigned as chairman of the “people’s movement” to act as treasurer.

But Paul Foyster becomes chairman and Geoff Garner remains as branch secretary.

Other new officers will be joining the committee shortly to help prepare for next year’s elections.

Mr Foyster is urging all UKIP members to take a more active role in the branch. He said: “UKIP does not have local paid staff, we are a people’s movement.

“Nationwide, in the past there have been applications for membership at the last minute, sometimes resulting in unsuitable candidates.

“Our branch is determined to prevent such problems. UKIP is not a ‘politically correct’ party and members are often outspoken. But we are not into ‘wings’, left or right – we can fly without them.”

“Neither do we tolerate extreme views or discrimination. The most important attributes of our party members and representatives are open minds, commonsense, a wish to escape from the undemocratic trap the EU has now become and a desire to change our failed political system.”