Andover’s UKIP group continue to bicker and argue amongst themselves as North West Hampshire readies itself for the May 2015 elections.
Emails leaked to Andover & Villages reveal that UKIP’s North West Hants Parliamentary Candidate, Sue Perkins fell out with her campaign manager, Daniel Emmerson over leaked information about a hip replacement surgery that Mrs Perkins is undergoing in July 2015.
Mrs Perkins says in the email that a family member told Daniel Emmerson about the operation when he arrived early to her home for a meeting and despite promising not to repeat the information, repeated the details openly to local UKIP group members. The email goes on to say that she was also aware of negative comments about her commitment because of continuing to work during the campaign.
In the email Mrs Perkins offers to step down but adds that if she did, the damage would be irreparable because of the adverse publicity following Diane James and Malcolm Bint already standing for UKIP in NW Hants and then stepping away from the candidacy, she declares, “It will actually be a miracle if I can overturn a 21000 Conservative majority.”
UKIP NW Hants member, Norman Woods replies to the email with the first line, “North West Hants Branch yet again finds itself in a position it could do without.”
Tony Hooke wades into the mire and dishes out advice to the party he publicly left and branded as ‘dirty old men in macs’.
Andover & Villages spoke to Sue Perkins for comment on the leaked emails, she said, “Andover & Villages should be focused on the candidates and not people trying to further their own political career.
“Party Politics aside, myself and the local UKIP group have people’s best interests at heart, I am invested in Andover, I stayed overnight so I could be at the business networking meeting last week, Kit Malthouse couldn’t even be bothered to turn up.
“I don’t have time for pettiness or personal attacks, this is the petty side of politics. I have a backlog of emails from possible constituents which is what I will be focussing on right now.”