Thursday, 15 December 2011

GRAHAM BOOTH

UKIP founder member, Graham Booth who passed away December 14th 2011.

News has come in of the death of Graham Booth who was one of the UK Independence Party founder members. This has come as quite a shock as many of us knew Graham had been in hospital recently, but had not realised just how serous his condition was.

I first met Graham either in late 1998 or early 199, when I was serving as the Secretary of the UKIP West Midlands Regional Committee. He was a UKIP National Executive Committee (NEC) member at the time and attended one of our Regional meetings to discuss the first UKIP conference to be held outside London and first UKIP two day conference, which the Regional Committee had been given the task of organising. He struck me a decent, loyal and committed member of UKIP.

I got to know Graham better when I too was elected onto the UKIP NEC in January 2000, it was a great pleasure and honour to sit alongside him at the monthly NEC meetings. If there were matters we had differing views on he would always discuss them reasonably and after the meetings there was never any rancour, we would shake hands and have a pint and get on with the task of saving Britain from EU domination.

Graham went on to be one of our UKIP South West MEP’s and served for seven years in the European Parliament, he was one of the first to point out the discrepancy of the EU Parliament voting by a show of hands, which nearly always were passed by the President of the parliament yet when a re-vote was called nearly always gave a different result.

Graham was also a successful hotelier in his home town of Paignton, he ran a friendly and well liked hotel. In later years he stood down from the parliament and spent more time with his wife Pam in Madera, where they both always enjoyed being.

Nigel Farage, the UKIP leader, made the following statement regarding Graham, who will be much missed by all long serving UKIP members who knew him well.

"I am deeply saddened to hear overnight of the death of one of UKIP's greatest ever servants - former MEP Graham Booth.

Graham served for seven years in the European Parliament and was a tireless party worker throughout the mid 90s where he brought the qualities of honesty, loyalty, hard work and a tremendous sense of humour.

I will miss him and even his Jethro jokes.

On behalf of UKIP, I offer my deepest condolences to his wife Pam, his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.”

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