A UKIP party leader has said he hopes the split between the 12 Boston borough UKIP councillors will be resolved by the next full council meeting through the election of a new leader.
Peter Reeve, the party’s deputy chairman of the Local Government Association and UKIP Local Government spokesman, told The Standard today (Wednesday) that the apparent split was a ‘technical issue’ used to deal with a recent leadership vote.
As reported yesterday, six of the party - Couns Sue Ransome, Liz Ransome, Felicity Ransome, Stephen Raven, James Edwards and Vivan Edge - approached the authority on Monday to register themselves under the UKIP party banner. Coun Raven was confirmed as leader.
Couns Jonathan Noble, Anton Dani, Yvonne Stevens, Brian Rush, Stephen Ball and David Brown, were reported to have formed The UKIP Group.
Mr Reeve said: “We are hoping to resolve the issue, its just a process with an unlucky absolutely equal vote over who will be the new leader. We need a new leader to emerge.”
He said the councillors were ‘still UKIP members, still UKIP councillors’
“We need to resolve it by next full council,” he said.
He said he had ‘no reason to believe’ the issue would be a big problem for the party.
He said he would be supporting the councillors in coming to a resolution but that it would be up to them to do so as UKIP was a grass roots party.
“Other parties would have someone come in and tell them what to do,” he said. “But they will sort this out themselves with the advice we have given them.”