West Midlands UKIP MEP James Carver is in optimistic mood about the future of the party after hearing Henry Bolton’s rallying cry at a packed meeting of activists and members in Birmingham.
New recently-elected party leader talked for two hours to around a 100-strong audience who gathered at the Great Barr Hotel and spent another couple of hours with branch chairmen on Wednesday.
Afterwards, Mr Carver said: “He is addressing issues behind the scenes concerning party re-organisation and restructuring and I was really delighted how the membership took to him.
“It was a very optimistic meeting, showing great support for Henry in the task and challenges ahead.
“There is a massive need for UKIP in British politics going through the Brexit process and the years beyond as we are the only party with the nation’s interest truly at heart.
“We keep seeing how Theresa May is repeatedly letting the country down over Brexit and no one knows Labour’s true position.”
Speaking on BBC Hereford & Worcester this morning Mr Bolton accused the Government of being “entirely incompetent” and in their handling of the Brexit negotiations, of allowing the EU to dictate to us and of having no plan only a fudge.
“They have no plan and what Brexit is about is actually planning the future of this country and that’s what UKIP is about – it’s about through Brexit and beyond so that we can actually stand on our feet and be prosperous,” he said.
Mr Bolton told interviewer Elliott Webb: “We want to be responsible for our own future, our prosperity, our own security, our own confidence, our own optimism as a nation.”
He added: “I believe in the British people, British industry, British commerce and there will need to be some adjustments, but I do believe that this country, left to its own devices, can corporate and take a globally outward-looking approach to trade that will be a world beater.”