Hamilton Foresaw UKIP Rival’s Expenses Scandal

Guido must ask Neil Hamilton for next week’s lottery numbers. On Sunday UKIP’s Welsh Assembly leader sent this email to colleagues on the party’s NEC, including links to newspaper articles concerning his rivals. Hamilton wondered if “anyone else” mentioned would soon face investigation.

Just days later, Hamilton’s main rival in Wales, Nathan Gill – who was mentioned in the articles – suddenly found himself at the centre of an expenses probe after a dossier was mysteriously briefed to the press. Curiouser and curiouser…

Diane James Vows to Sack UKIP Plotters

Diane James is the candidate being pushed by many Faragists behind the scenes, and last night she followed their lead by demanding the party “ditch the NEC”. She also made this stark threat to UKIP plotters:

“There’s going to be no place in UKIP under my leadership for those who have sought or seek to destabilise, destroy or even obstruct what a new constitution will outline for the future governance of this party. So for all those individuals for whom what I’ve just described the cap fits, I suggest you find your P45 when it’s sent to you and I suggest you start looking for a new career, because we don’t want you in UKIP, I can tell you that now.”

It’s clear who she means – the anti-Farage faction on the NEC. Punchy stuff which will go down very badly with the Lisa Duffy/Suzanne Evans team. Though if Diane kicked out every Kipper who has destabilised the party there wouldn’t be many left…

UPDATE: Patrick O’Flynn, who’s in the Lisa Duffy camp, hits back at Diane:

“I am very surprised, disappointed and indeed perturbed to hear that Diane is threatening to expel from UKIP anyone who opposes the NEC being scrapped, not least because I oppose the NEC being scrapped. Given that she is not attending Ukip’s leadership hustings either Ukip members will be forgiven for wondering which party Diane is standing for the leadership of – Ukip or some new online party being promoted from the shadows.”

 

Bill Etheridge Speaks: “It’s Been Hard Times”

UKIP’s Bill Etheridge breaks his silence after his Viagra difficulties earlier in the week:

“It’s been hard, difficult times, people have rounded on me, there’s been attacks on me, and it’s been a tough time to get through. And now people are speculating, especially some of my good friends in the Cambridgeshire area. They’re worried about me, they’re worried I might not be able to carry on with the campaign. Today ladies and gentlemen, I have a message that I’d like to give to everybody – especially those who doubt I can carry on. Quit? Not bloody likely!”

Etheridge will be competing tonight in the Torquay hustings. The soft-scoop ice cream is a nice touch…

No, Nigel Farage Isn’t Applying For German Citizenship

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Twitter got very excited this afternoon after a far-fetched Buzzfeed story claimed Nigel Farage was refusing to deny applying for German citizenship. Guido thought this sounded unlikely so asked his spokesman, who confirms it is “not true”. Obviously. 

UPDATE: A UKIP source adds:

“He was at the embassy in relation to a personal matter. The idea that it’s anything to do with German citizenship is complete rubbish.”

Viagra-Row Kipper to Give Speech on Impotence Tonight

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A limp attempt at an apology from UKIP leadership candidate Bill Etheridge after his alleged infidelity and Viagra use was publicly exposed by his missus. Instead of showing a stiff upper lip, Bill is purple with rage and is calling the cops on his partner. It’ll never stand up in court…

He also says he will be giving a speech on impotence tonight:

“At the end of the day, this is a very personal issue and the posting of this on social media is in my opinion a serious breech of my privacy. That is why I have reported this matter to the police.”

“However, if my experiences does help to raise awareness and help make normative a treatment for this serious men’s health issue, then I’m happy to speak out.”

“That is why I will be making a speech on this issue tonight at the UKIP leadership hustings in Belfast.”

A bona-fide PR flop.

UKIP Leadership Contender Accused of Cheating After Fiancee Finds Viagra

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The fiancee of one of UKIP’s leadership candidates has accused him of cheating after she found a half empty box of Viagra in his car. MEP Bill Etheridge’s partner Lorraine Chew last night called him a “dirty disgusting cheat” when she found this half-empty packet of little blue pills:

Just a few days ago Etheridge had tweeted to apologise to his fiancee for “neglecting” her:

It all kicked off at UKIP’s leadership hustings last night when, according to multiple witnesses, a senior UKIP activist “started screaming and shouting” at a rival camp, accusing them of re-tweeting the above image. UKIP HQ then sent messages to all involved asking them to delete their tweets about the matter because they want “a fair and decent fight”. Another leadership candidate embarrassed by links to Pfizer

Farage Facial Hair

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Nigel Farage has grown a moustache. From another angle:

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Strong look.

Woolfe Claims UKIP Plot as Cops Say He Faces No Further Action

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Remember the curiously-timed revelation that Steven Woolfe was once nicked for being drunk in charge of a scooter? Well, a member of the public – surely not a rival ‘Kipper – called the cops and complained that he had broken the law again by failing to declare his conviction when he ran as a Police and Crime Commissioner. Greater Manchester Police have seen sense and told the complainant to stop being so silly, confirming he faces no further action. Woolfe says it was part of a plot:

“This was one of several attempts by political opponents, using information on UKIP databases, to damage my reputation and ensure I could not stand as party leader.”

Someone certainly has it in for him…

UKIP NEC Quitters Unresign

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Remember those UKIP NEC members who quit in protest at Steven Woolfe being kept off the ballot? Well, they’re unresigning. Victoria Ayling and Mike McGough, who backed Woolfe in the dispute, angrily resigned from the NEC last week. Yet an email sent by party chairman Paul Oakden today says:

“Victoria Ayling has now confirmed to me that she has decided to withdraw her resignation from the NEC.

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Faragists Secure Numbers to Call EGM

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An update on the UKIP situation: allies of Nigel Farage and Steven Woolfe say they have secured the 80 branches required to call an Extraordinary General Meeting. That is enough for a vote to take place on abolishing the NEC. The EGM organisers are now working to get over 100 branches as they are worried the NEC will use technicalities to dismiss the support of some of them.[…]

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Leaked Messages Reveal Conflicts of Interest in UKIP NEC

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Five members of the UKIP NEC which voted to block Steven Woolfe from the ballot had potential conflicts of interest, leaked messages reveal. Woolfe was barred from standing by an NEC majority of 9-3. Among those who voted were Rob McWhirter, who Guido can reveal previously endorsed Lisa Duffy on a private UKIP discussion forum.[…]

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UKIP NEC Member Compares Faragists to Nazis

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UKIP’s civil war has kicked off again this morning with a leading member of the party’s NEC comparing Team Farage to Nazi propagandists. John Bickley, part of the NEC which blocked Steven Woolfe from standing, says claims by Faragists that Woolfe was stitched up are “pure Goebbels”.[…]

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UKIP EGM Imminent

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Allies of Nigel Farage and Steven Woolfe believe they have the numbers to call an Extraordinary General Meeting and attempt to abolish UKIP’s NEC. They need 25% of UKIP branches to vote for an EGM for one to be called. Since Woolfe was the favourite among members before he was blocked from the ballot that shouldn’t be a problem.[…]

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CONFIRMED: Woolfe Off UKIP Ballot

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UKIP have blocked Steven Woolfe from running for leader. It’s war!

UPDATE: Farage/Woolfe allies say they will call an Extraordinary General Meeting and seek to abolish the NEC. Read Guido’s story from this morning on what happens next.

UPDATE II: UKIP NEC members Victoria Ayling, Ray Finch and Mike McGough resign in protest.[…]

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Faragists Vow to “Declare Full Scale War on UKIP”

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Nigel Farage’s allies have promised to “declare full scale war on UKIP” if Steven Woolfe is kept off the ballot today, as is expected. Multiple allies of Woolfe say they believe the NEC will decide to block their man from standing for leader.[…]

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UKIP Leadership Candidate: “I’ve Got More Money Than You Could Possibly Imagine”

You probably haven’t heard of UKIP leadership candidate Philip Broughton, but you won’t forget him after watching this video. In character as a ‘comedy’ japester, Broughton tells an audience:

“I’m clever than you, I’m better looking than all of you, I’ve got more charisma than all of you could ever dream of, and of course the important thing, I’ve got more money than any of you could possibly imagine.”

Well he did pay five grand to get on the ballot.[…]

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