UKIP Euro-MP Godfrey Bloom considering leadership bid
Aug 20 2010 by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
A YORKSHIRE politician is considering running for the leadership of his party.
United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) Euro-MP Godfrey Bloom revealed to the Examiner yesterday he was weighing up a bid for the top role.
He was speaking after party leader Lord Pearson announced he would step down. Mr Bloom revealed he had phoned former leader Nigel Farage urging him to stand.
The Yorkshire Euro-MP said: “I deeply hope that Nigel will come back and he’s thinking about it. However, he has two young children and two grown-up children at university.
“I haven’t ruled out standing myself but I won’t if Nigel does.”
Lord Pearson resigned as UKIP leader yesterday, just nine months after he was elected to the post. The former Conservative peer admitted he was “not much good” at party politics.
Mr Bloom likened Lord Pearson to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, the Conservative aristocrat who lost the 1964 general election to Huddersfield’s Harold Wilson.
Mr Bloom said: “There is an analogy with Sir Alec Douglas-Home who was an old-fashioned gentleman who came forward.
“Lord Pearson is always unbelievably polite and politics isn’t always like that.”