It was with great sadness last week that we received confirmation of the death of Dr Raj Chandran, a loyal member of our party who held a position on our National Executive Committee at the time of his passing, writes UKIP Chairman Paul Oakden.
I had known Dr Chandran personally since he joined UKIP in my home region of the East Midlands a few years ago. Since that time, Raj never failed to demonstrate his commitment and dedication to serving our members, whether it be by sponsoring meetings or hosting fund raising events at his own home. His experience of being a former Mayor and candidate both in Parliamentary and Police & Crime Commissioner elections was invaluable and he was always happy to pass that experience on.
Raj was also a former Commissioner for Racial Equality and believed strongly in our party reaching out further to different communities - something he was talking about just a few short days before his death at our candidates training day in Bournemouth on September 15.
During his time on the NEC, Dr Chandran served our members with honour and integrity and he often spoke of his pride at helping our party by serving on it's governing body.
On the conference stage in Bournemouth a week ago, I asked for a minutes applause to celebrate the lives of those members who had worked so hard for our cause and yet were sadly not with us on June 23rd to celebrate our victory. Whilst I'm so pleased that Raj was able to be a part of that historic night, I offer him my own "minutes applause" for all his efforts in working for the betterment of our party.
Our final thoughts go out to his wife and family as we thank them for sharing him with us over his final few years.