Back in July I wrote a fairly lengthy post on why UKIP’s devolution policy is wrong. The relatively few comments it attracted belies the number of UKIP members and sympathisers that hold the same views – I received many more comments away from the blog and through the UKIP members’ forum.
This prompted me to look at setting up a group within UKIP for members who support devolution and disagree with UKIP’s policy of abolishing devolution and setting up grand committees of dual mandate British MPs to do the job.
I am pleased to announce that, along with Maidstone branch chairman, John Botting, enough UKIP members have pledged their support for the group to make it worth the effort of applying to the National Executive Council (NEC) for official recognition.
Don’t let the title of this post mislead you though, this group – the UKIP 1997 Group – isn’t just about an English Parliament. The aim of the group is to influence UKIP’s policy on devolution so that the party supports devolved government in all four home nations on an equal basis.
Just to clarify, the UKIP 1997 Group is not a Bloggers4UKIP project.