GERARD Batten has suggested that he may fight on as UKIP leader after he steps down in April.
Mr Batten, who was elected unopposed as the UKIP Leader following his appointment as interim leader after Henry Bolton was dramatically ousted, explained that he pledged to step down in April next year to avoid a costly leadership contest: “I said I would do this job for a one year term unopposed that way I could sort the mess out in the Party. So I will be standing down in April.
Speaking to the Daily Star Online, he said: “What will I do then – I will make a decision about whether I run for a four-year term or not.”
UKIP are rising in the polls and gaining thousands of new members as Brexiteers flock to the Party following Treason Mays Chequers sell-out. So, now more than ever, Batten said it is important that UKIP “fights for what UKIP believes in”.
In the interview he dismissed the prospect of working with Steve Bannon on a pan-European movement because continental parties “want” and “work for” different things to UKIP. He also poked a little fun at suggestions Nigel Farage would throw his hat into the ring for the leadership: “With all due respect to Nigel, alot of what he says is due to keeping his viewing figures up on LBC.”
Batten has certainly made his mark on UKIP in his so-far relatively short tenure as leader. UKIP has come back from the political dead and no matter what the establishment say or do it and Batten are clearly here to stay.