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to access their natural parents

Right to childhood innocence
No sex education in primary schools

Right to believe
that marriage is a man and a woman only

Marilyn Day wearing our "Support 4 the Family" t-shirt


A Great Day in Birmingham

Gerard Batten appointed Interim Party Leader


Henry Bolton dismissed

Gerard Batten

Henry Bolton

Raymond Stewart came all the way from Northern Ireland to support the No Confidence motion against Henry.

Everyone who resigned from UKIP because of Henry, or became inactive waiting for membership subscriptions to expire, please come back, we need your support.

If you know anyone who is no longer supporting us because of Henry, give them the good news, Henry has gone, Gerard has got off to a good start, there is work to be done and we want them back.

Published 19 Feb. 2018, Updated 21 Feb. 2018

What an amazing day! UKIP members flocked to Birmingham on Saturday 17 February to express their views about our Party Leader, Henry Bolton, who had left his family including two small children and gone for a woman less than half his age who sent out racist text messages. The National Executive Committee (NEC), at the request of the members, had unanimously passed a vote of No Confidence against him, but he refused to resign, so according to the procedures laid down in the Constitution they had to call an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) to allow the members to decide whether to support the motion of No Confidence against Henry, or to oppose it and allow him to continue as Party Leader.

The committee of Support 4 the Family were all present at the EGM, together with some of our supporters. We met outside the International Convention Centre (ICC) to welcome people as they arrived and handed out leaflets saying "Time to Decide. Do we, the members of UKIP, support traditional family values or not?" It also said that family failure costs the taxpayer £51bn/year, and when we pointed out that Henry was part of the problem, people saw the connection immediately. Click here for the leaflet and here for the Relationships Foundation, the organisation that worked out the figures.

The meeting was chaired by Paul Oakden, giving equal time to speakers from both sides. Steve Crowther presented the case against Henry, arguing that the previous elected Party Leader, Paul Nuttall, had resigned because of problems with his CV, and therefore the next Party Leader should have realised it's important to make sure his CV is correct. Henry should not have falsely claimed to have a BA, even if he thought it might be the equivalent of something else. There are things that other people might get away with from time to time, if they are lucky, but not the Party Leader. Other people might claim all sorts of rights, but the Party Leader does not have the right to leave his wife and children. Henry's personal life and his style of leadership was not what we expected and was causing embarrassment for people who will soon be expected to register as candidates in local elections and go out campaigning. Henry countered it with the claim that he had worked hard during his time as Party Leader, his private life was none of our business, and the NEC was involved in some kind of sinister plot against him and he called on us to "drain the swamp".

The response of the audience, up to this point, suggested that the debate could go either way and it was difficult to tell who would win. Then Paul Oakley, the second speaker in favour of the motion, revealed that Henry had made threats of legal action against the NEC, including an attempt to get the EGM cancelled. From this point onward, the mood of the audience began to change.

The next speaker against the motion was Councillor Paul Richardson, then there were three more speakers on either side, from people in the audience who had signed up to speak and their names were drawn out of two buckets, "for" and "against".

Then there were the two final speakers. Paula Walters said how she had worked hard on the NEC and didn't like being called a "swamp", and she didn't like Henry's threat to sue them. Henry chose to speak for himself, rather than appoint a representative, and he confirmed that he intends to carry out his threat to sue the NEC for holding the EGM, if the vote goes against him and he is unable to continue as leader. This turned out to be a calamitous lack of judgement, as if he thought he could win votes by threatening people.

Then it was time to vote. It was a secret ballot and when voting was finished the ballot boxes were carried up onto the stage to be counted and scrutinised in front of everyone, and Paul Oakden announced the result:

  In favour of the no confidence motion86763%
  Against the no confidence motion50037%
  Total valid votes cast


Then the NEC retired for a brief meeting to decide what happens next, and as expected, Paul re-appeared and announced the appointment of Gerard Batten as the new Interim Leader.

Our comments: We believe that this has always been a contest between two value systems:

  1. Traditional family values, including the values of honesty and integrity that parents normally pass on to their children, with varying degrees of success;

  2. Family failure and the resulting social disintegration and anarchy.

We asked the question as people arrived for the EGM "Do we, the members of UKIP, support traditional family values or not?" and they have answered "Yes, we do". This is consistent with the answer they gave us earlier, at the National Conference in Torquay in September 2017, when they gave overwhelming support to a motion to appoint a Family and Childrens' Spokesperson.

We would like to thank all our supporters, those who turned up on the day to express your views and vote, and those who persuaded the NEC to pass a vote of No Confidence in the Party Leader, either by writing to them directly or by writing to us in response to our policy survey. You will remember the results were:

Henry should resign72%
Don't know, need more information20%
Keep Henry as leader8%
Those who wanted to keep Henry as leader were giving pragmatic reasons, primarily that they didn't want a new leadership election. Nobody actually thought that he was a good leader.

Join the Public Consultation on Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE

This topic is to be updated. The deadline for the consultation has expired.

The Department of Education, in accordance with the Children and Social Work Act 2017, is introducing the following compulsory subjects to be taught in schools:

  • Relationships Education (RE) in primary schools

  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) in secondary schools, to replace the current Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Relationships Education will have an emphasis on equality and diversity, including the protected characteristics defined by the Equality Act 2010, so that children in both primary and secondary schools will be taught about sexual orientation (gay or straight) and gender reassignment (choose your preferred gender regardless of your birth gender).

Sex education will continue to be taught in primary schools as a non-compulsory subject as it is now, including independent schools if they wish to do so. However, considering that RE is likely to include sexual orientation, sex education is likely to creep into this compulsory subject. Otherwise, how can you teach sexual orientation without saying anything about sex?

Do you want your children and grand-children to be taught homosexuality and transgender ideology from the age of 4?

Do you want sex education in primary schools to become compulsory by stealth?

Under existing law, sex education is a compulsory subject when taught as a science subject within the National Curriculum (e.g. the science of reproduction), but there is a parental right to withdraw a child from sex education lessons which are part of Sex and Relationship Education (SRE). The new law does not allow any parental right of withdrawal from any component of RE or RSE, although the children may in some circumstances withdraw themselves from components of these subjects, depending on the rules to be defined by the Department of Education.

Do you want minors to be placed in a position where they are considered to have greater wisdom than their parents?

The Department of Education has started a public consultation on 'Changes to the teaching of Sex and Relationship Education and PSHE'. The purpose is to define the content of the new subjects described above, and also to decide how to retain components of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education where they are needed for continuity.

The consultation began on 19 December 2017 with a survey hosted on the DoE website here, and since then the Safe at School Campaign has been working on a set of briefing notes, giving us advice about how to fill it in. Safe at School a project of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).

Please read the briefing notes before you fill in the survey. They can be downloaded from the SPUC website here.

The consultation closes at 11:45pm on Sunday 12 February 2018. Please do not miss the deadline.

Gareth Bennett, UKIP member of the Welsh Assembly, was banned from speaking in the Senedd for saying transgender is a "deviation from the norm"

Gareth Bennett, AM
member profile & contact

On Tuesday 12 December, Gareth Bennett was speaking about the UK government's Gender Recognition (Amendment) Bill 2017, which is intended to simplify the process of legally changing gender, and he said these words:

"There is only so much deviation from the norm that any society can take before that society completely implodes, and if we carry on down this road of appeasing the nuttiest elements of the transgender movement, then what we will face as a society, within a very short space of time, is total implosion."

The next day, in response to a point of order raised by Labour AM Joyce Watson, he was banned from speaking in the house. Presiding Officer Elin Jones said his remarks were "particularly hateful" and asked him to apologise, and he refused to do so, and she told him he would not be allowed to speak in 2018 (Did that mean for the whole year?!!)
Gareth promptly got up and left the chamber, while Neil Hamilton AM attempted to intervene with a point of order about Joyce Watson, but it was not allowed.

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Our comments:

Our sex is defined before birth, in our chromosomes (XY for men, XX for women) and in our anatomy (we all know the difference). Some people perceive themselves as belonging to a gender that doesn't match their bodies, but it's delusional, and attempting to change our bodies to match a different 'gender identity' causes a lot of harm.

Gareth Bennett is correct to say that gender transition is a "deviation from the norm" and he has not said anything that implies 'hate'. We demanded, along with many others, that his right to speak in the Senedd should be reinstated immediately.

See also:

Dr. Michelle Cretella, President of the American College of Pediatricians,
Pediatrician: ‘Transgender’ ideology has created widespread child abuse, LifeSite News, 10 July 2017.

David Kurten, London Assembly Member, UKIP Spokesman on Education,
Transgenderism and this insane ban on free speech, Conservative Woman, 19 December 2017.

Alan Craig, UKIP Havering Branch secretary, UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Witney (2017)
The transgender agenda, UKIP Daily, 17 December 2017.
Gareth Bennett and freedom of speech: It’s time for action! Kipper Central, 30 December 2017.

Update: The Assembly reconvenes after the Christmas & New Year break

On Wednesday 10 January, Gareth Bennett was given an opportunity to speak in the Assembly and, addressing Elin Jones, he said: "I'm sorry that people took offence at what I said ... I do, however, stand by the views I expressed about the proposed changes to the Gender Recognition Bill."

She replied: "I accept your apology...", and thus his right to speak was re-instated.

Read more and watch video.

This was clearly a stage-managed affair. Gareth didn't apologise, he just constructed a sentence that includes the word "sorry", and Elin Jones accepted it as an "apology". She had been too draconian, possibly going beyond her authority, and needed something to get her off the hook.

However, this is not the end of the matter. Greg Jackson, a team member of CitizenGo, has started up a petition asking Elin Jones to state precisely which Assembly rule Gareth Bennett has broken, and if she can find no such rule, she should apologise to him.
Please sign the petition.

UKIP National Conference 2017 Gives Overwhelming Support for the Appointment of a Family and Childrens' Spokesperson

Alan Williams, Chairman of Support 4 the Family, proposing the motion.

The following motion from Support 4 the Family was passed by the Conference almost unanimously:

The conference expresses strong concern over the Children & Social Work Act 2017 because it attempts to promote cultural Marxism in the classroom and thus deny parents the liberty and right to withdraw their children from such teaching. UKIP needs a family and childrens' spokesperson to firmly address such matters.

The motion was passed with hundreds of votes in favour and only two votes against.

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Leadership Candidate Policy Survey

For the third time in a year, we have sent a policy survey to candidates for the Party Leadership.

See the candidate responses here.

This policy survey has created considerable interest.
See UKIP and media comment.

Support 4 the Family welcomes Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali to the UKIP National Conference in Torquay

UKIP has invited Bishop Michael as a keynote speaker at our National Conference in Torquay on 29-30 September 2017. He is from a mixed-religion family in Karachi and became the Anglican Bishop of Rochester. He has done some pioneering work in promoting cross-cultural integration and understanding and his theme for the conference will be Christianity and the Roots of our Civilisation.

He has traditional views about marriage and the family and he says: We affirm the value of all friendships and strong relationships between people, whether in the family or with friends. We want a society with such strong friendships and relationships. Marriage, however, is a special kind of relationship and should not be confused with other relationships which have their own integrity. This is rooted in the Bible’s understanding of man and woman being created together and created together in God’s image. This means that men and women are ordered to one another and it is their similarity and also their difference which makes for the complementarity needed for a stable union.

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Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali

Rodney Hearth Speaks With David Kurten

Rodney Hearth Speaks With David Kurten

"There's this whole issue, what I call Cultural Marxism ..."

Watch video and move the timer to 11:34.

David Kurten says:

See campaign leaflet

Kurten for Leader: Curtains for Cultural Marxism

Alan Craig, Kipper Central, 8 September 2017

Cultural Marxism continues relentlessly its long march through the institutions today... Read more

Conservative Party no longer a distinct political entity

[23 July 2017]
With imminent surrender to the EU on immigration, an epidemic of crime following police ‘reforms’ and now the proposal to cease recognising male and female genders, the Conservative Party has ceased to exist as a recognisable entity, says UKIP.

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See also Sunday Times: Tories promote right to choose your own sex

UKIP South West Regional Conference, Weymouth, March 2017

David Hughes explaining to a visitor that we have the support of the South West Region.

The theme of this exhibition, featured in our leaflet available here, was the high cost of family failure, estimated to be £48bn/year, greater than the defence budget and almost half the NHS budget. This is the cost to the taxpayer, additional to the costs incurred by the families in terms of money and personal distress. (But the latest report in 2018 says it's gone up to £51bn)

We also gave out copies of our previous leaflet featuring sex education in schools. There is too much sex education, it's too explicit and taught to children when they are too young. There are new developments which will make it even worse, and we gave out instructions about how to lobby our MPs about amendments to the Children and Social Work bill that will make sex education compulsory in all schools including primary schools and academies. In primary schools it will be called "Relationships Education" (SRE without the sex) and it will have an emphasis on consent, which begs the question, what are they supposed to be consenting to?

We are aware that many young people are fed up of being bombarded with stuff about sex, from the schools, the media and the internet. They say it's not good enough, being told to use a condom, they would rather not have sex at all until they are married. They have arrived at this concludion, not from a religious point of view, but because they have had enough of unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections. We gave out literature on this theme from the Family Education Trust and Challenge Team UK, and it came as no surprise to many people at our exhibition stand, they said they are already aware of this trend.

UKIP National Conference, Bolton, February 2017

Left to right: David Lindsay, Neil (both from Christian Concern), Alan Craig (S4TF committee member), Anish Patel (NEC member)

This looks like a Support 4 the Family exhibition, but appearances are deceptive. All the literature on this table is from Christian Concern except for a small pile of leaflets on the right (see arrow). This is our leaflet, available here, about the high cost of family failure, estimated to be £48bn/year. (But the latest report in 2018 says it's gone up to £51bn)

Support 4 the Family does not yet have official status as a UKIP Special Interest Group, but we are working on it. The cost of an exhibition stand at the non-commercial rate would have been £500 including VAT, more than we can afford. But we have lots of friends. Christian Concern was there and we have common cause with them on many issues, and they welcomed us with our leaflets and our banner.

The Family as a Party Policy Area

Alan Williams

Alan Williams, Chairman of Support 4 the Family, sent the following email to Paul Nuttall, UKIP Party Leader, on 12 January 2017.

Paul Nuttall

Dear Paul,

I am writing to you as Chairman of Support 4 the Family, a group of UKIP members dedicated to promoting the natural family. We have received our invitations from Paul Oakden to attend a series of meetings to discuss policy issues with the portfolio holders you have appointed.

It is good to see such decisive action in making these appointments but we are concerned about the omission of a portfolio for the family. We believe that this should be major party policy area for the following reasons.

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A New Day Dawns

"It was an off-the-Richter-scale earthquake, followed by an even bigger – because American – aftershock. Brexit, followed by Brexit plus plus plus. History before our eyes."

Alan Craig argues that this event has brought a new era of freedom of speech and he would like to see the gay marriage debate reopened.

Read more in "Alan's Angle"

See also his campaign website

Alan Craig, NEC Candidate in Dec. 2016, came 15th out of 89.

Alan has supported us from the beginning. Here he is with our banner, shortly after it was delivered in February 2016.

Alan Craig in the red jacket next to Paul Nuttall, campaigning for Victoria Ayling (next right) in the Sleaford & North Hykeham by-election

UKIP National Conference, Bournemouth, September 2016

Here is our exhibition stand at the Bournemouth Conference, supported by UKIP South West. Just in case you can't read the white banner on the left,
click here.

This year's exhibition at Bournemouth focused on a variety of family issues, but we were mainly supporting UKIP's policy of opposing sex education in primary schools. We gave out our new leaflet on this theme, together with our two previous leaflets and various publications from other organisations.

We got some publicity from the Mirror and the Metro, both of them displaying the front page of our first leaflet produced for the National Conference in Doncaster last year, which says "No sex education in primary schools". The Mirror exaggerates it to a "call to stop ALL sex education in schools". The Metro calls it a "ban on sex education" (less explicitly wrong, but still wrong). Never mind, this is journalism, why should the truth get in the way of a good story? Both articles contain lots of pictures and you have to scroll down to find us at the bottom. Click here for the Mirror and here for the Metro.

For details of our leaflets including links to printable PDF versions, click here.

The people decided, on 23rd June 2016, that the UK should leave the European Union.

The Committee of Support 4 the Family would like to thank everyone who has worked hard to achieve this result.

There is still work to be done. See EU Referendum 2016.

Debbie Pitt talking to a visitor at our exhibition stand at the UKIP South West Spring Conference in Thornbury, March 2016

Fringe Meeting at UKIP Spring Conference, Llandudno, February 2016

Support4theFamily was delighted to participate in UKIP's Spring Conference in beautiful Llandudno, Wales. We ran a fringe event, complete with balloons, chocolate, coffee and juice. We had some good conversations with party leaders who appear to share our concerns. Indeed, we felt they were on our page and very supportive. Others dropped by to chat and we felt it well worth our time and investment.

We offered a wide variety of resources and literature to help the confused who want the best for family life but who often do not know where to turn. Frequently there is a realization that things are seriously amiss, but very little idea as to what to do about it!

Dr Lisa Nolland gave a brief presentation about certain toxic (in her view) 'sex and relationship education' and 'equalities' curricula in schools.

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Dr Lisa Nolland, co-editor of
God, Gays and the Church,
is an expert on the history of the sexual revolution, its impact and how to counter it.

Mike Gascoigne and Alan Williams at the UKIP National Conference in Doncaster, September 2015

We are members of UKIP, supporting traditional family values. We made our first public appearance by setting up an exhibition stand at the UKIP National Conference in Doncaster in September 2015. It turned out to be very popular with many conference delegates visiting the stand, expressing their support, and many of them signed a contact list so we can keep in touch.

Child Sexual Exploitation: Grooming Gangs

Question asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch, House of Lords, 13 March 2018

Lord Pearson of Rannoch

Question: To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the national scale of the “grooming gang scandal”, including sexual exploitation of non-Muslim children by Muslim men, as emerged recently in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and elsewhere; and what steps they are taking to enable the prosecution of those in the police and local authorities who have failed to prevent it.

Read debate in Hansard

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"... these girls are usually raped several times a day. If we accept the views of our lead police officer for child protection, of Rotherham's MP and of the recent Jay and Quilliam reports, we are looking at millions of rapes of white and Sikh girls by Muslim men, only 222 of whom have been convicted since 2005."

Grooming Gangs: UKIP’s Opportunity and Responsibility

Alan Craig, UKIP Daily, 2 March 2018

Alan Craig, UKIP Havering Branch secretary, UKIP Parliamentary Candidate for Witney (2017)

One unfortunate by-product of Rotherham Labour MPs’ successful libel case against UKIP’s Yorkshire MEP Jane Collins is that some members of our party are now less willing to tackle the national grooming gang scandal – the sexual exploitation and abuse of mainly young white English girls by mostly older Pakistani-heritage Muslim men. Read more

See also: Kipper Central, 5 Nov. 2017

Steve Crowther's speech at the EGM, Birmingham, 17 Feb. 2018

Commentary by Dr. Deborah Pitt

Steve Crowther gave the opening speech for the NEC's case.

Steve was frank that he had been a Henry Bolton supporter. He had been impressed by his CV. He had invited him to his home. But by the time of the NEC vote he had lost faith in Henry because of his poor political judgment and lack of insight as to priorities. In view of the huge problem caused by Paul Nuttall's inaccurate CV Henry should have ensured that his own was flawless. Whereas his job was to turn round the fortunes of the party he had been 'tinkering under the bonnet' instead of getting on with the OUT NOW campaign and engaging with major donors. He was unpunctual and at times uncommunicative.

Steve emphasised that this meeting was not about the NEC, but Henry was trying to turn the event into a contest between himself and the NEC. Steve was at pains to point out that contrary to some claims by Diane James and Nigel Farage the NEC does support the leader. He expressed concern about serious disparagement by Nigel Farage of NEC members and about Henry Bolton's words: 'draining the swamp'.

Steve brought up Henry's proposed new constitution and said 'Thank heavens, we saw it!' In his view it portrayed an attempt to arrogate power to the leader and would undermine cohesion. Also, Henry was woefully short of ideas, (though he had raised the membership fee to £35), and had let slip that UKIP is short of cash. He had not supported Welsh Assembly member Gareth Bennett, (who had been barred mid-December from speaking in the Assembly; click here) and had behaved rashly in choosing to meet Jo Marney in such a public place as the National Liberal Club.

Henry's attitude was that it was all about him and that everyone is out of step except him!

Deborah Pitt

David Kurten: The brave new world of trial by media

David Kurten,
Member of London Assembly,
UKIP Education Spokesman.

"The world outside Westminster is once again looking on astonished as Parliament lurches into another bout of deep irrelevance by conducting a witch-hunt against its elected members for acts of flirtation and banter."

Conservative Woman, 10 November 2017

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During the UKIP party leadership contest, Support 4 the Family sent out a policy survey that included the following question:

Is our sexual orientation (gay or straight) fixed at birth or not?

To read about the pandemonium that broke loose when David Kurten answered this question, click here.

There were calls for him to be dropped from the contest, just for suggesting that it might have something to do with childhood experiences.

Comment from our Chairman

... This is “cultural” as opposed to “economic” Marxism fighting to destroy freedom and democracy for the sake of a dystopian fantasy...

Kipper Central, 22/08/2017
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Alan Williams

Tweets from David Kurten:

04/08/2017 Tolerance turns to totalitarianism: National Trust staff/volunteers excluded for not wearing 'symbol of inclusivity' [ref: Christian Institute] click here

04/08/2017 The purpose of the army is to defend the nation and, if necessary, to kill the enemy. Sweden has lost the plot. [ref: Breitbart] click here

Cost of Family Failure:
£48 bn and still rising.

See website and full report.

Update: The latest figure published in 2018 is £51bn


Police going soft on low level paedophilia

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Child Stealing By The State:
A Social Worker Speaks

Child Stealing By The State: A Social Worker Speaks

Social Services whistle-blower Carol Woods speaks to Brian Gerrish about her time at Lancashire Social Services where she came under extreme pressure to falsify documents and perjure herself to justify children being removed from their parents to order.

Watch video

Short video from Jonathan Arnott,
UKIP MEP for the North East:

It's time to protect vulnerable children and innocent families

It's time to protect vulnerable children and innocent families.

Support 4 the Family:
Leaflets for you to download as PDF and print. (Acrobat Reader required).

See our Resources page.

UKIP Manifestos

UKIP Christian Manifesto 2015