Hampshire County Council UKIP leader Ray Finch stands down after becoming MEP

UKIP leader steps down after Euro win

UKIP leader steps down after Euro win

First published in News

THE leader of Hampshire’s UKIP party has stepped down as chairman following his election to the European Parliament.

After his success in last week’s European elections Hampshire county councillor Ray Finch has announced that he will no longer be in charge of his party group at county level while he settles into his new seat in Brussels.

He said: “I feel it would be simply too time consuming and I feel I won’t be able to combine the jobs effectively while I adjust to the new role.

“I will return to being a back bencher [at county level]. If I spent the first year getting used to being an MEP and led this group that would be wrong.

“The duties of group leader can expand and expand and I don’t want to do any job badly.

Of all the jobs I had, being the leader was the most time consuming.”

His party, who have ten councillors sitting at County Hall in Winchester, will be making an announcement next week as to who will take over his role.

Cllr Finch will continue to serve his seat on the county council representing the people of Bedhampton and Leigh Park.

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10:26pm Sat 31 May 14

Bill Chapman says...

When is the by-election gioing to take place? Surtely he can't by both MEP and local councillor?
When is the by-election gioing to take place? Surtely he can't by both MEP and local councillor? Bill Chapman
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12:08am Sun 1 Jun 14

FoysCornerBoy says...

Bill Chapman wrote:
When is the by-election gioing to take place? Surtely he can't by both MEP and local councillor?
Precisely my thoughts. The boy scouse has done pretty well for himself financially as an elected UKIP politician. On top of his salary (and expenses) for being one of our MEPs in the south is it reasonable to expect him to trouser an allowance for continuing as a Hampshire County Councillor? I estimate that the combined earnings from being an MEP (before taking into account a generous expenses package) and a County Councillor is in excess of £75k p.a.

Ray Finch would put suspicious minds like mine to rest by standing down as a Hampshire County Councillor and allowing a by election to take place.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Chapman[/bold] wrote: When is the by-election gioing to take place? Surtely he can't by both MEP and local councillor?[/p][/quote]Precisely my thoughts. The boy scouse has done pretty well for himself financially as an elected UKIP politician. On top of his salary (and expenses) for being one of our MEPs in the south is it reasonable to expect him to trouser an allowance for continuing as a Hampshire County Councillor? I estimate that the combined earnings from being an MEP (before taking into account a generous expenses package) and a County Councillor is in excess of £75k p.a. Ray Finch would put suspicious minds like mine to rest by standing down as a Hampshire County Councillor and allowing a by election to take place. FoysCornerBoy
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