THE LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE STATEMENT
Without wishing to seem to be a bad loser, there are a number of reasons for this.
Firstly Nick Griffin increased the bar from 5% to 20% of the members with twenty four months continuous membership. This meant we had to obtain the ridiculously high number of 840 signatures. This is an impossibly high total to obtain which is why he made it that high!
To obscure matters further he introduced an unconstitutional nomination process with his own form sent to potential nominees. As party’s membership database is incompetently run many eligible nominees did not obtain their form.
Griffin then invented a whole set of new rules and anyone who ‘broke’ those rules was liable to suspension. This threat was carried out in many instances. This was a clear act of political intimidation.
Lastly Griffin persuaded two stooges to also stand to further complicate matters.
Nevertheless we obtained around 500 nomination signatures – mainly from activists and officers around the country - on our own constitutional forms. This was done without access ti membership lists. Many excellent members assisted with this valiant effort. As we have no faith in the party’s internal processes and because we do not wish to compromise anyone, these have not been handed in
There will be a very large overlap between those who signed my forms and those who also used the unconstitutional Griffin nomination form.
Also I know that many people mistakenly ‘nominated’ Griffin on the unconstitutional form, regretted it, then nominated me on the constitutional form.
Nevertheless the official result was:
Griffin’s scheme was to create chaos like this. This is what he has been plotting these past weeks.
We would have the option of taking this disgraceful matter to court. However we will not do this as it would be very costly for us and for the party. Griffin always passes his costs on to the party.
The party is literally fighting for its survival due to the financial incompetence of Griffin and his failed regime.
THE BATTLE GOES ON
Rather than get embroiled in legal action we will continue our battle to save our party from destruction at Griffin’s hands through other means.
As we have said this stage is the end of the beginning. We have hardly started yet!
We urge everyone to stay in the party. If you are able to square it with your conscience, also stay in post.
We must stay in contact stay united. We will win – it is certain. We must be there to pick up the pieces when Griffin runs our precious party off the cliff. This is imminent. Stay together. The nomination process was just the first phase.