A key figure in Peterborough's branch of UKIP has been suspended after 'speaking out against elements of racism, cronyism, corruption and hypocrisy' in the party,
Jay Beecher, the deputy chairman of UKIP Peterborough, who coordinated the Vote Leave campaign in the Peterborough area during the run up to the EU referendum reported that he was suspended from the party after speaking out against the more negative elements.
A few days before his suspension he tweeted, 'After a lot of though, I've decided to stand up to the cronyism, the hypocrisy and elements of unchallenged racism within our party.' After the suspension came through Mr Beecher tweeted to say that he 'couldn't be prouder'.
'I've been suspended for standing up to and speaking out against elements of racism, cronyism, corruption and hypocricy which I became privy to during the leadership race.' He told local news sources. 'All these things are destroying UKIP. I'm very disappointed with the route I'm having to take, but I'm proud to be making a stand.
'We shouldn't ever shy away from challenging someone's immoral or racist behavior simply because we might share the same political beliefs or swear allegiance to the same party.
'Our party looks to be turning in a rather questionable direction. Our grassroots, our elected officials and the people they represent are being sorely let down. It's time we made a stand.'
A spokesman for the right wing party released a statement on the matter, 'Mr Beecher has been suspended after repeatedly making deliberate and demonstrably false allegations against other members of the party, and doing so in various media outlets.
'He's a talented young man and its a shame that he uses his time to attack people in his party rather than build up support as we move forward to the Cambridgeshire County Council elections next year.'