First let me compliment UKIP on their European election campaigns. These European campaigns to get UKIP MEPs elected are slick and professional, and UKIP must be given credit for that success.
But when it comes to Westminster elections there seems to be a lack of commitment. I stood as a UKIP parliamentary candidate in 2005 and 2010 and worked really hard.
In 2005 my vote was 2.2% and in 2010 received 3.5%. This was very disappointing considering all the hard work I had put into my constituency. It seemed to me that UKIP Head Office did not get as enthusiastic about Westminster elections as they did about the European elections.
I began to think that perhaps it was the name UK Independence Party that was holding the party back.
I decided to leave UKIP and find an different party, with a better party name and with more left of centre policies.
That is the reason I left UKIP in 2010.