Ukip‘s leader is boycotting his own party’s conference due to low ticket sales.
Richard Braine is embroiled in a row with the party’s ruling nationwide govt committee (NEC) after he known as for the cancellation of the conference, which is because of begin in Newport on Thursday.
Party chairman Kirstan Herriot wrote to members criticising Mr Braine over his “regrettable decision not to attend our own conference due to low ticket sales”.
She mentioned: “Both I and the NEC consider it’s a full insult to the membership to try to cancel conference due to a probably low prove.
“It can also be a selected affront to hard-working regional, county and department officers who’ve labored onerous in encouraging members to attend conference to listen to Richard lay out his imaginative and prescient for the way forward for Ukip.
“It is therefore a particular shame that he has decided not to do this.”
Ms Herriot mentioned the conference would go forward and Mr Braine can be welcome to take the stage “as leader of our great party” if he has a change of coronary heart.
A Ukip press officer advised the Standard: “It’s all a bit up in the air at the moment. We certainly hope he will speak as he is a fantastic speaker.”
The Evening Standard has requested an official assertion from party officers.
Mr Braine took over from Gerard Batten final month after the party was worn out in May’s European elections.
Mr Farage arrange his new party and left Ukip in protest at his former party’s “anti-Muslim fixation”.
It got here after the party introduced former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson – who was lately launched from jail after being discovered responsible of contempt of courtroom – was appointed an “adviser” to the party.
Writing in The Telegraph, Mr Farage mentioned: “My coronary heart sinks as I replicate on the concept they might be seen by some as consultant of the trigger for which I’ve campaigned for a lot of my grownup life.
“The very thought of Tommy Robinson being on the centre of the Brexit debate is just too terrible to ponder.
“And so, with a heavy coronary heart, and after all my years of devotion to the party, I’m leaving Ukip immediately.
“There is a big area for a Brexit party in British politics, but it surely received’t be crammed by Ukip.”