Members & staff of UKIP past & present. Committed to reforming the party by exposing the corruption and dishonesty that lies at its heart, in the hope of making it fit for purpose.
Only by removing Nigel Farage and his sycophants on the NEC can we save UKIP from electoral oblivion.
In December details about her spent bankruptcy are leaked to this blog by a Brussels associate of Farage. We decline to use the material as we are not prepared to do Farage's dirty work for him.
She meets Lord Pearson to discuss her decision to quit the EFD. He approves her decision and tells her that it will not affect her position in UKIP.
She sends a resignation letter to UKIP's NEC. This is then leaked by another UKIP MEP. This is done without her knowledge.
In her resignation letter, she says:
“I have found it increasingly difficult to justify sitting alongside one or two of the European parties within the Europe of Freedom and Democracy Group who have a variety of extremist views which includes anti-Semitism, violence and the espousal of a single European policy on immigration.” See: LINK
Farage appears on The Daily Politics and attacks Ms Sinclaire for leaving the EFD. He tries to link her to the BNP and, as he threatened to do in December, mentions her bankruptcy.
"I think that the National Executive Council of UKIP are going to take some fairly tough action. I'm afraid that she stood for us as a candidate without declaring the fact that she had been declared bankrupt in 2005 and the NEC of the party take a pretty dim view about that."
She also appears on The Daily Politics to give her side of the story. See: LINK
A UKIP spokesman says:
“In effect, Ms Sinclaire is currently an independent MEP."
Her office is raided on the instructions of the NEC. Derek Bennett is foolish enough to agree to do this. He claims he is acting on the orders of Christopher Gill.
Various items are taken but are later returned after legal action is threatened. See: LINK
Ms Sinclaire is barred by Christopher Gill from attending a UKIP meeting in the West Midlands.
UKIP MEPS meet in Brussels to discuss throwing her out of UKIP. They fail to make a decision.
Several UKIP MEPs privately express support for Ms Sinclaire but are not prepared to tackle Farage or follow her out of the EFD. One MEP says he will leave the EFD after the General Election.
Lord Pearson expresses astonishment at the NEC's decision and complains that Farage is "undermining him".
The NEC reluctantly agree to give Ms Sinclaire leave to appeal to the NEC on February 1st.
So what will happen now? Will Pearson demand that the NEC reverse their decision or will he try to evade all responsibility?
What is certain is that Farage and the NEC are in a very awkward position. Legally they do not have a leg to stand on. Commonsense dictates that they must reinstate her.
However, both Farage and the NEC know that such a decision will irreparably damage what little creditability they have left. And they don't have a lot left!
Farage would be publicly humiliated. His position in UKIP would quickly become untenable as he was the driving force behind the NEC's decision.
But as Lord Pearson considers Nigel a 'political genius' we very much doubt that he will be prepared to damage Farage's reputation by backing Nikki and calling on the NEC to allow her back into the fold.
But if they don't do this they can expect possible legal action, damaging press coverage and even more resignations from the Party.