“Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
“Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”
Oh dear… according to Quentin Letts, newly converted Remain supporter Kelly Tolhurst personally told him she was a Brexiteer:
Kelly says she is “surprised” by Quentin’s tweet because she “only finally decided last week”. Oh really…
When she was fighting Mark Reckless in Rochester last year, Tolhurst included an anti-EU immigration pledge as one of the six pillars of her campaign, promising “action – not just talk”. She said she wanted the time from which EU migrants can claim benefits “extended to five years… immediately”. More than the PM achieved in his renegotiation. Now she says the renegotiation has secured the immigration changes she desired. What was that about “Action – not just talk”?
Back in 2012 she even supported Reckless’s campaign against the EU:
She campaigned and won her constituency as an avowed Eurosceptic. She told journalists she was a Leaver. What possibly could have changed Kelly’s mind?
Tory MP Kelly Tolhurst, who claimed to be a Eurosceptic worried about EU immigration in order to defeat UKIP’s Mark Reckless, has endorsed Remain:
“Having listened to the debate, looked at the facts, and spoken to prominent campaigners on both sides, I have now made my own decision that I will be voting to remain on the 23rd June. I believe that the risks to my country will be greater if we leave than if we remain part of the EU at this point in time.”
Careerist Kelly previously claimed to have personally complained to the PM about the impact of EU immigration on her constituency. This is a u-turn of Makian proportions. Expect UKIP to take full advantage…
UKIP’s new group leader in Wales Neil Hamilton is wasting no time in making the most of his new gig. Guido can reveal he has already hired his wife Christine as his new assistant on the public payroll. No doubt after a full and open recruitment process…
Neil tells Guido:
“It is true I will be employing Christine. Christine has 26 years of experience of working in the House of Commons for MPs, and there is no one better to manage my diary. She will be employed on the bottom rung of the lowest scale.”
Surely an applicant with such experience deserves a better salary than that…
Neil Hamilton is the new leader of the Welsh UKIP group after mounting a successful coup against the previous leader Nathan Gill. UKIP’s Welsh Assembly members voted 4-3 in Hamilton’s favour today – the disgraced former Tory had not been shy about his ambitions for the role. This is a blow to Nigel Farage, who is enemies with Hamilton and was firmly supporting Gill. He had taken the party from zero seats to seven in Wales so will feel hard done by that he’s been knifed by someone as unpalatable to the public as Hamilton. This is seen by Farage allies as the beginning of a move against him post-referendum…
UPDATE: Farage is furious:
“I have worked closely with Nathan Gill as leader of Ukip Wales. I have always found him to be hard-working, honest, and loyal. His removal after a successful Welsh Assembly election campaign is unjust and an act of deep ingratitude. In behaving like this, Ukip looks too like the other parties that we have fought so hard against.”
UKIP’s Welsh manifesto discusses the importance of combining ambulance and fire services to “give fire professionals an important role during otherwise quiet periods”. Well, Welsh fireman certainly don’t spend their “quiet periods” posing for photos for UKIP manifestos – the uniformed hunks aren’t Welsh. They aren’t even British. Indeed, the original stock image of “Portrait Of Confident Firefighters Standing Against Truck” features models from Spain posing in front of Spanish fire engines, handily emblazoned with “Bomberos” in bright orange on their bonnets.
The manifesto also boasts a photograph of an American search and rescue team on the previous page. The word “Sheriff” on the back-plate in the stock image has been removed:
Is there anything Welsh about Welsh UKIP’s manifesto models?
Ex-UKIP councillor Michael Skeels caused fury among local ‘Kippers in the market town of Tendring after he led a group of councillors to support the local Tories. One avid ‘Kipper was having none of it:
Questioner: “Do you have any comment to make about being unelected and sitting in the cabinet and making £64,000 over the next four years?”
Cllr Skeels: “You are a c*nt, ain’t ya?”
The councillor goes on to call him “useless” and a “tw*t”, before challenging: “Come and have a go if you’re hard enough!” Skeels might claim he’s purple but his language is still blue…
UKIP have formally expelled their London chairman out of the party he shouted anti-Semitic slurs at a fellow member. John Hellings apparently called Nigel Sussman a “north London Jewish c**t”. Farage says “The party has strict rules governing this sort of thing. I am satisfied that our processes work.” Labour take note: this is how you deal with anti-Semitism…
Legendary comical ‘Kipper David Coburn tried his hand at live broadcasting app Periscope during the Scottish leaders’ debates last night. Unfortunately Davey was sabotaged by his mischievous audience, who conspired to tell him his sound wasn’t working. Little did he know we could hear everything he was saying…
Nigel Farage is under pressure internally from carping ‘Kippers and Farage-sceptic fellow Brexiteers of the Tory persuasion. UKIP are reminding everyone that although he may be like Marmite, repelling as many as he attracts, he is still more popular than any other politician bar Boris.[…]
Suzanne Evans’ application in the High Court to have her suspension from UKIP lifted has failed. She’ll have to pay £5,000 costs. Patrick O’Flynn has started a petition to get her reinstated. Read all the gory details of the court case only on Guido here…
UPDATE: Suzanne speaks:
“I am stunned and distressed by this latest turn of events.
Guido understands there a plans afoot in UKIP to suspend Suzanne Evans from the party. The party scheduled a disciplinary meeting this morning to discuss whether to take action against Evans over a series of claims involving alleged breaches of party rules.[…]
Fierce Tory Eurosceptic Syed Kamall’s continued dithering on his referendum decision has inspired MEP colleagues to open a book. Beatrix von Storch and Marcus Pretzell, both Alternative for Germany MEPs, have a £50 bet on whether he will actually manage to decide by June 23rd:
From: VON STORCH Beatrix
Sent: 10 March 2016 13:43
Cc: MEPs & ASSISTANTS-8th-Legislature
Subject: RE: BREXIT
Even in the ECR group we are wondering where Syed stands on this crucial issue.
Last week UKIP’s local government spokesman Peter Reeve, who at the time was viewed as a Vote Leave supporter, was sacked by Nigel Farage. Guido understands that at a meeting of the party’s NEC yesterday, a motion was unanimously passed demanding Farage reinstate Reeve to his role.[…]
Nigel Farage will not be thrilled to learn that Neil Hamilton has come top of his Welsh Assembly list following a ballot of members:
Mid & West Wales:
- Neil HAMILTON
- Nathan GILL
South Wales East:
- Mark RECKLESS
Nige had sought to nobble Hamilton’s election bid, using a series of meetings in January and February to try to browbeat the UKIP NEC into rubber stamping his own list.[…]
Chris Gillibrand, UKIP’s candidate in Ogmore for the Assembly Elections, has resigned citing the decision of Nigel Farage to share a platform with George Galloway. Gillibrand says he
“… cannot begin to comprehend the motives for Mr Farage to share a platform with George Galloway.