Sheffield UKIP chairman quits role in protest at national leadership expulsion

Live PCC debate hosted by The Star at the Pennine Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University. 

UKIP delegate Jack Clarkson
Live PCC debate hosted by The Star at the Pennine Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University. UKIP delegate Jack Clarkson

The chairman of the UKIP branch in Sheffield’s Penistone and Stocksbridge ward has stepped down in protest this evening.

Sheffield Councillor Jack Clarkson announced that he is stepping down as UKIP chairman for the area after Steve Woolfe was expelled from the party’s national leadership race.

Mr Woolfe had been tipped to take over from Nigel Farage, who stood down amid the fallout of the Brexit vote. Mr Woolfe missed the nomination deadline for the party by 17 minutes, and as a result is not being allowed to stand.

Coun Clarkson announced via Facebook: “As a result of the decision of the NEC today, I have with immediate effect made the decision to stand down as chair of the Penistone and Stocksbridge branch of UKIP.

“It’s about loyalty, the three amigos are runing this party,” he added.