Last weekend, we were made aware of the death of Kalvin P. Chapman.

Kalvin worked with UKIP in numerous capacities, but members of this branch knew him best as Secretary – the role in which I first met him, only a year ago – and then as Chairman of UKIP Manchester.

In the time we knew each other, I came to admire and trust Kalvin as a friend. His insight, attention to detail, and dedication against all odds were tremendous qualities and he rapidly gained my respect.

We rarely discussed private issues, or much beyond the party’s scope at all for that matter – but I came to understand Kalvin and his life better when going through his writings. His impassioned and partly autobiographical defence of UKIP – and its benign attitudes towards the LGBT community, for which he’d worked so hard – can be read here.

Our sympathies go out to those who were close to Kalvin at any point throughout his often difficult life.

Reminiscences from Kalvin’s friends and an opportunity to donate to one of his favoured non-partisan causes are available here.