I was deselected at an NEC meeting on 13th Feb 09. On 14th Feb Farage attended a meeting he thought was the SWCC in Devon. He wanted to get the SWCC to deselect me and then he would be able to say the NEC was upholding the local SWCC decision. The SWCC meeting of the 14th Feb had been improperly convened with insufficient notice given of the meeting so it could not transact any official business. Farage was furious especially when it was pointed out to him that the he himself had introduced the notice rule. Farage then had to confess to his subterfuge and that the NEC had already deselected me the day before.
As the original de-selection decision had thus been made by the NEC it obviously cannot hear my appeal under any proper appellant procedure.
On 30th March while I was on holiday Nuttall sent me an email stating "I can assure you that the hearing will be based solely on relevant considerations and that the appeal will fair." When he made this grossly misleading statement he was in possession of emails and letters below clearly showing that I would not get a fair hearing! Denny said on the 23rd March,
I do NOT think Dr. Edmond should be allowed to make an appeal now, as he clearly said he would have nothing to do with the "kangaroo court" i.e. meaning the NEC, ...at the previous meeting at which he could have made representations, when he knew full well that it was to be discussed.
The matter is finished.
Denny's statement I knew the date and timing of their discussions on me is totally untrue. I was never informed these discussions were taking place or what the charges against me were.
There was also an email sent by Duffy but seemingly via Denny (Denny's fingerprints appear often in this story.) on the 24th March stating
I have already said to Paul to allow him his moment. We all know how vile this man has behaved, but by allowing a small amount of time to hear him I believe it makes us look fair in the eyes of the Party members and once and for all a decision will be made in front of Mr E and hopefully prevent any further negativity at this crucial election time.
Duffy does not appear to know when to use an adjective and when to use an adverb but her prejudiced view of me is clear.
Much worse, it displays the cynical purpose of mis-leading ordinary members that I found so repugnant when I was on the NEC. It shows the contempt in which the NEC holds the ordinary decent party members. It is something I hoped UKIP stood against but sadly I find UKIP is no different from other UK parties, dominated by a self serving, self perpetuating elite. Jacqui Smith would fit in well on UKIP's NEC.
What would I do about it? Look at my web site on which I stood and was elected onto the MEP list.
I have not changed a word and I stand by every word.
Then we have an an add on to Duffy's email, also forwarded by Denny, an email from somebody called Griffiths whom I have never met stating,
---- Phil Griffiths wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> Although I know little about the matter I agree with Douglas Denny, if he is hostile to and against the NEC what is the point. It will open up old wounds again and become a time consuming distraction.
Griffiths is oblivious to the fact that a right of appeal is enshrined in the UKIP constitution but is obviously happy to blindly support the Farage line. The first thing I did when elected to the NEC was to read the constitution!
Nuttall clearly has no idea of fairness, natural justice or proper procedure.
Griffiths may get his views from Denny on constitutional proprieties but I was surprised that Zuckerman seemed also ignorant of this fact and wrote to me on 13th March stating,
"There is no provision for any right of appeal, since an appeal could only be to the National Executive Committee, which has already made its decision."
I wrote back to Zuckerman on 20th March pointing out his error and received the following reply on the 24th March,
I thank you for your letter of 20 March 2009. You will shortly be receiving an invitation from the Party Chairman to attend the NEC meeting on 6 April to appeal against your deselection
I did not know of the Denny, Duffy and Griffiths emails until I returned on the 4th April when I found them on my internet log.
I decided there was clearly no chance of my receiving a fair hearing on the 6th of April so I did not attend. Would anyone wish to be tried by a jury where 4 members had already found one guilty and the Judge's idea of a fairness is non-existent and the knowledge of the UKIP constitution seems so patchy?
I have offered to put my appeal to the two senior UKIP figures in the South West, Trevor Colman MEP and Roger Knapman MEP, a former party leader. Neither had any part in the previous de-selection decision and both have a wide experience of South West politics and both have read the UKIP constitution. Mr Knapman of course has wide experience of national politics as well. This appeal could be held wth minimum inconvenience at the Exeter rally on 18th April.
I was elected on to the South West list by South West UKIP members and this is where the decision on my de-selection should be made.
I append below the full text of my reply to Nuttall sent on the evening of Sunday 5th April. I have not had a reply.