I as an elected member was kicked off the NEC at Farage's behest for "disruptive" comments ie asking pertinent and embarassing questions of Farage at the NEC. Farage of course got someone else to do his dirty work, in this case the UKIP traitor Bannerman who having been rewarded with a UKIP MEP slot has now rejoined the Tories. Denny who supported my expulsion from the NEC was mortified when Bannerman went back to the Tories. Politically Denny was politically extremely naive as are many members of UKIP who believe what ex-Tories, Farage, Atkinson, Evans etc say. They should scrutinise their actions not listen to their fine words to discover where their real loyalties lie. Poor Mr Denny! I bear him no ill will. Unlike Nigel's Tory recruits he believed in our cause. I exempt Carswell and Reckless from my criticism. They have risked everything in joining UKIP. They believe in our cause and I wish them well in May.
UKIP has now been taken over by third rate ex-Tories. This is what Farage meant by 'professionalising'. I weep for the many honest decent UKIP members who have been sidelined. kicked out etc to make way for this Tory scum - Farage's word of choice it seems.
I lodged an appeal against my removal from the NEC to then find out that the appeal would be heard by the same people who made the original decision! When UKIP talks of their independent appeals process that's what they mean. Atkinson will find this out when she lodges her appeal that she has said she will make.. She will just have to console herself with her one million Euros from the EU and I am sure in the fullness of time will like Bannerman scuttle off back to the Tories. Not a bad reward for a woman who has only been in UKIP for a few years. UKIP's latest crop of ex-Tories put in to be MEP candidates after a few months membership.
There is no specification of an independent appeals process in the UKIP constitution. Nigel would find it 'disruptive'. There have been people who have joined the party who have never been tainted by the Tories or indeed any other political party, O'Flynn for one and me back in 2009. I joined because I believed in the cause. The ex-Tories join to further their 'political careers'. They believe in nothing except their own bank balance