Milton has learned tonight that Sean Howlett, unsuccessful UKIP NEC candidate, is to stand for the post of chairman in Young Independence, the youth wing of UKIP.
The position has been vacant since Olly Neville, the previous Chairman, was pressured to quit over his publicly stated views on Equal Marriage.
Mr Howlett is not without controversy himself however. He was rumoured to have been the instigator of a pub brawl during the party’s Spring Conference in Skegness in 2012, as well as threatening supporters of the Olly Neville leadership campaign.
He has also incurred the ire of YI members in the provinces, angrily stating on Facebook
“I can’t help it that the hard workers are London and Home Counties based”
and advised regional YI to
“pull their finger out and do something instead of moaning”.
It’s not yet known if there are any other candidates in the race. Rob Comely, the current Caretaker Chairman, is suspected to be a contender, but it remains to be seen if any other YI members fancy their chances at this, a critical point in UKIP’s growth.