UKIP councillor says he was 'stabbed in the back'
Sunday, 20 June 2010
UKIP: UKIP councillor says he was 'stabbed in the back'
A UKIPPER says he was stabbed in the back? Never! Surely this could never happen in Pearson's New UKIP!
Remember Adam Brown? He was the independent councillor who came over to UKIP in 2009. He later became somewhat notorious about it was revealed that he had posted sexual innuendo about a woman on trial for murder. See: LINK
Mr Brown started asking a few awkward questions about John Bufton, UKIP MEP for Wales. He wanted to know how much Bufton had donated to the party since becoming an MEP. BIG MISTAKE!
The last thing you do is request financial transparency from a UKIP MEP. Just ask David Abbott, Martin Haslam and Eric Edmond. They got thrown off UKIP's NEC for daring to request financial probity.
Mr Brown has now been suspended from the party. And UKIP didn’t even have the decency to tell him. He only found out after Merthyr council’s deputy chief executive contacted him with the news!
It later emerged that John Bufton had donated just £900 to UKIP since his election as an MEP.
The monthly pre-tax salary of all MEPs within the new statute from July 2009 is €7,665, which is the equivalent of an annual salary of €91,980.
And let us not forget that Mr Bufton gets an attendance allowance of €298 every time he signs into the Parliament.
A quick check of the records will reveal that from July to December 2009 he has claimed this allowance 55 times.
So another UKIP MEP gets his snout in the trough and goes native. What a surprise!
UKIP's John ' loads of Money' Bufton. Smiling all the way to his bank!
We can reveal that activists in Wales are less than happy to discover just how little Bufton has donated to the party. Especially, when they remember how they were expected to empty their branch accounts in order to finance his election campaign.
But why are they so surprised? UKIP only exists to keep Farage and his chums on the EU Gravy Train. The activists are there to be used and then discarded.
From the South Wales Echo:
A MERTHYR councillor has had his membership of Ukip suspended following a row over an unpaid election bill.
Adam Brown was elected to represent Gurnos as an Independent in 2008 and joined the anti-EU party last year.
In last month’s General Election he stood in the Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney constituency, coming seventh with 872 votes.
Mr Brown said that earlier this week he learnt from Merthyr council’s deputy chief executive Gareth Chapman that he was no longer a Ukip councillor.
He has posted a message on his Facebook site which says: “Can someone tell Ukip that I actually offered to resign last week yet this week they tried to get the first boot in by telling the council that I’ve been kicked out!!!!!
“In my world if you have a problem or an issue with an individual you tell them to their face and not stab them in the back from behind.”
A further message posted by him states: “I’m gobsmacked ... All I did was ask a MEP where is his 10% donation to the party which is what we all signed up for.”
Mr Brown said he had been asking whether John Bufton, the Ukip MEP for Wales, had been making contributions to the party – as he had been doing from his councillor’s allowance.
Chris Bruni-Lowe, Ukip’s General Election campaign coordinator, said: “Adam Brown told us he could not afford to pay a General Election campaign printing bill for £3,500. As his own agent in Merthyr he had a legal responsibility to both pay the bill and sign a declaration relating to his election expenses. He did neither.
“This was something that could bring Ukip into disrepute, and after making numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact Mr Brown the party decided that he could no longer be a Ukip councillor. We informed Merthyr council of the decision.”
Mr Bufton said that since being elected an MEP a year ago, he had donated £900 to the party.
Last year Mr Brown was reprimanded by Ukip after posting a sexual innuendo about a woman on trial for murder on an internet message board. He had launched a suggestive internet poll with the question: “Amanda Knox? Would you..?”
Knox was at the time on trial for murdering fellow student Meredith Kercher in the house they shared in Perugia, Italy, in 2007. She was later convicted and jailed for 26 years.
To see the original: LINK