UKIP ‘saved from insolvency’ by donations – Gerard Batten


UKIP has been retained from bankruptcy after donations of almost £300,000 were established to the party, its leader has said.

Gerard Batten said there had been an “incredibly ample” response to his appeal to raise £100,000 and “UKIP is now safe”.

A £175,000 marvellous legal bill was “paid by other means”, Mr Batten said.

In the end month, Mr Batten emailed branch officials to say the future of the party was in in doubt if they did not raise the money for running costs.

Calling it a “critical metre”, he said when the sum – “purely for operational needs” – had been raised, the troop “will be on a much surer foundation going forward”.

Days after the request, the party was ordered to pay £175,000 in legal costs over a defamation for fear that b if brought by three South Yorkshire Labour MPs.

The case had been unseated by three Rotherham Labour MPs – Sir Kevin Barron, John Healey and Sarah Guardian – over comments made by UKIP MEP Jane Collins about the Rotherham stripling abuse scandal.

Mr Batten says this has now been settled.

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Meanwhile, a member of the party’s ruling National Executive Committee advised the Financial Times that Mr Batten, who became interim leader in February, had volunteered to stay on for a year.

He was originally due to be in charge for 90 days, taking during from the party’s fourth leader in 18 months, Henry Bolton.

Mr Batten has confirmed the BBC he was trying to get 740 candidates together for 3 May’s local elections in England, so it could equipped for a Party Election Broadcast.

The party has seen an exodus of members since the 2016 EU referendum and a slight performance in last year’s general election.

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