Gerrard Batten appointed as "Interim Leader" after NEC win Vote of No Confidence
Gerard Joseph Batten is a Member of the European Parliament representing the European parliamentary constituency of London for the UK Independence Party (UKIP)
He is currently the Leader of UKIP (on an interim basis) following the dismissal by the membership of Henry Bolton on 17th February 2018 when he was officially dismissed as party leader after an Extraordinary General Meeting vote by the party membership, and Gerard Batten announced as the Party Leader (on an interim basis) until the conclusion of the next leadership election which is due to take place in May 2018.
Batten commissioned a document from Sam Solomon which was first published in 2006, it amounts to a proposed code of conduct including the rejection of passages in the Qur'an, which propose "violent physical Jihad", and should be considered "inapplicable, invalid and non-Islamic".
Explaining why Muslims should sign up to such a document, he told The Guardian's Rowena Mason in February 2014: "Christians aren't blowing people up at the moment, are they?"
Batten Announces new [interim] Chairman
Tony McIntyre has been confirmed as the new UKIP Chairman under Gerard Batten’s Interim leadership after a vote in the party’s National Executive Meeting voted in favour of his appointment.
Tony was, the Chairman of the South West UKIP Region and has stood for parliament for UKIP twice; in 2015 and in 2017.
Mr McIntyre’s appointment represents a decisive shift in attitude from Gerard’s leadership from the last one, as he has chosen a grassroots member who has risen in the ranks through years of hard work and campaigning to be party Chairman and this will likely give a big boost to Batten’s popularity internally.
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