THE man dropped as Ukip’s parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South has branded the party ‘immoral’ over its handling of the affair.
Douglas Denny announced his resignation from Ukip yesterday after the decision was taken nationally to strip him of the role, without the consent of the local branch.
Giving his reasons behind his decision to quit in an angry email to members, Mr Denny said his position in the party was now ‘untenable’ and it was ‘impossible to support the party’ any longer.
And he blasted Ukip leader Nigel Farage and the rest of the party’s hierarchy for ‘manipulating’ the selection process to suit the fact Portsmouth South is now seen as a target seat in next year’s general election.
Mr Denny wrote: ‘Nigel and the leadership hierarchy have demonstrated conclusively that they are willing to manipulate the selection process by the ruse of proclaiming chosen “targeted” seats.
‘They have changed the rules recently to allow this to be done, where the NEC can choose the candidate rather than the membership of the branch.
‘Those choosing will be under the shadow of Nigel Farage.’
He added: ‘Blatant interference with constituency candidates has never been done before in Ukip and especially where an already properly-adopted candidate for a general election was chosen by the constituency branch members.
‘What has happened to Portsmouth South is, in my opinion immoral, undemocratic, and deeply corrupt.’
Mr Farage told The News he was not interested in having dealings with Mr Denny and that
Ray Finch, Ukip’s Hampshire leader, was responsible for the situation.
‘I haven’t seen what he has said and even if I had, I have no response at all,’ Mr Farage said.
‘As party leader, I don’t respond to people like Mr Denny.’
Mr Denny’s wife, Alicia Denny, said she was ‘considering her position’ as Ukip councillor for Copnor.
Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock, who has yet to decide whether he will stand for election again, said if someone was parachuted in to replace Mr Denny then it could disillusion party voters.
‘I don’t know what this does for the party, but I would imagine it’s good news for everyone else as it gives them something to hit Ukip with.’
Mr Finch was unavailable for comment.
Cllr Stuart Potter, Portsmouth’s Ukip chairman, said a new candidate will be chosen at a hustings on Friday, December 12 at 7pm.