UKIP interim leader Gerard Batten has hailed the extraordinary generosity of party members after an appeal to save the party from going bankrupt raised significantly more than expected, and just days after the Mayor of London said he looked forward to celebrating the death of UKIP.
Remarking the news meant that “UKIP is now safe”, Batten revealed the appeal to raise £100,000 to prevent the party from becoming insolvent had so far raised three times that amount and rising, with money still coming in.
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In a statement Tuesday afternoon, Batten said: “I am very pleased to announce that my appeal to UKIP members to raise £100k to save the Party from insolvency has met with an incredibly generous response of almost £300k. In addition, the £175k legal bill has been paid by other means. UKIP is now safe.”
“With incredible generosity, our members and branches have responded by donating not £100k but the amazing sum of £294,918.
“Money is still coming in and I do not doubt we will raise more than three times the money I asked for.”
Batten said the influx of funds came at the same time as a “surge” in new members joining the party.