Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Secret UKIP Labour Meeting This Lunchtime

Imagine Guido’s surprise when strolling home from lunch through Westminster to spot Ed Miliband’s Director of Strategy Greg Beales emerging from a lunchtime meeting with Nigel Farage’s Head of Media Alexandra Phillips.

Beales tells Guido: “I’m not defecting.”

A UKIP source says “what meeting?”.

What was on the menu, eh? 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Why is Zac Goldsmith Sitting With UKIP’s MPs?

What is Zac Goldsmith doing deep in conversation with UKIP’s two MPs during the Recall debate this afternoon? And why has he crossed the floor to sit on the opposition benches? Curious…

UPDATE: Watch them in action here:

Friday, November 21, 2014

Skinner: Vote UKIP and I’ll Be Dead in Six Months

“I’ve got a United Nations heart bypass… and it was done by a Syrian cardiologist, a Malaysian surgeon, a Dutch doctor, a Nigerian registrar, and these two people here [Reckless and Carswell] talk about sending them back from whence they came. If they did that to the hospitals in London I for one would be dead in six months.”

An old dinosaur accusing UKIP of being stuck in the past… 

WATCH: Hollobone Sponsors Reckless Swearing In

Philip Hollobone, suspected UKIP sympathiser and 2/1 favourite to be the next Tory MP to defect, flanks Mark Reckless at he takes his oath this morning…

UKIP GAIN: Reckless Wins Rochester

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Good Morning, It’s By-Election Day!

The polls are open in Rochester and Strood. Mark Reckless is promising fireworks if he wins:

“During the campaign I have spoken with two Conservative MPs about the possibility of their moving over and I think they will want to see what the result is before making any decisions. One of them I had discussions by telephone and the other I met in a location not in the constituency.”

Polls close at 10pm. Declaration expected at 3:30am…

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Eurosceptic Tory Rebel Sets Off UKIP Rumour Mill

A Eurosceptic, rebellious Tory MP snapped smiling with Nigel Farage last night, two days before the Rochester by-election, has got tongues wagging:

Despite fevered speculation overnight, it is unlikely Mark Pritchard will be the next man to jump ship. Especially judging by his recent, previous thoughts on UKIP:

… As someone once famously said before…

Monday, November 17, 2014

WATCH: UKIP Hit Back at Labour NHS Attack

How UKIP Became More Attractive to Labour Voters

Writing in the Guardian, YouGov supremo Peter Kellner explains how UKIP’s support has changed in recent months. As Guido’s graphic shows, in January last year the party’s backers were overwhelmingly former Tory voters. Since then, the proportion of UKIP voters coming from Labour has trebled. The RedUKIP effect?

Patrick O’Flynn Denies Leftist Smears

A stinging briefing on UKIPhome this morning:

“Senior members of UKIP are campaigning behind the scenes to have Patrick O’Flynn MEP removed as economic spokesman after his appearance on the BBC’s Newsnight programme last Monday night.

O’Flynn is widely seen as the standard bearer of the left of UKIP leading to “mutterings” against him.”

Pointing to his friendship with David Laws, the latest wheeze being put about is that O’Flynn was in the SDP – something that he categorically denied to Guido this morning:

“I once said in an interview that there was a time that I hoped the hard Owenite trend of the SDP came to something, but I never joined the SDP”

An interesting development in internal UKIP politics.

UPDATE: Guido understands the author of a letter calling for O’Flynn to go is the colourful Sean Howlett.


Seen Elsewhere

Hunt Told Off By Former Head | TES
Scrap Tax on Family Flights | ConHome
Has May Declared War on Downing Street? | James Kirkup
The Nasty Left | Dan Hodges
Men Flock to UKIP | Andrew Cadman
London-Britain Divide | Alex Wickham
Pickles Puts Prezza’s Surplus Stationary to Use | Speccie
How Capitalists Can Win the Argument | CapX
Theresa May, or Maybe Not | Spectator Life
YouGov: Working Class Prefers UKIP to Labour | Times
Sainsbury’s Disowns Left-Wing Blogger | Mail


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A ‘senior Conservative party official’ passes judgement on Theresa May:

“She is boring. A technocrat. She is Philip Hammond with a fanny. Not interesting, but rendered interesting by circumstance. And that circumstance is that she is a woman. And in an age when the Prime Minister gets it in the neck for refusing to wear a fucking T-shirt that says he is a feminist, that is a rocket boost right underneath you.”



Left on Left says:

The lefties are attacking because the panellist is a millionaire and lives in a London home worth upwards of two million. Someone had best tell them he’s called Ed Miliband.


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