UKIP By-Election Effort Lacking, Again

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Whether or not UKIP is successful in making inroads in the north is very much dependent on whether the party professionalises and gets a proper election machine together. It would help if they got the name of the constituency right on the banner behind Nigel on live TV. It’s Hykeham not Hykenham. Amateur hour…

Suzanne Evans Meeting With Top Tory MEP Tonight

The EyeSpy.MP Twitter account has chanced upon an intriguing meeting between Suzanne Evans and the Tories’ main man in Brussels Syed Kamall, which took place just hours after the UKIP leadership announcement. Guido is sure it was an entirely innocent chance encounter… 

Suzanne Loses £5,000 Deposit

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The UKIP leadership contest was costly for Suzanne Evans: she unfortunately fell just short of the 20% needed to keep her £5,000 deposit. Added to the £5,000 she owed UKIP this summer, that means the party will have asked her for ten grand in the last few months. That’s around a fifth of UKIP’s total donations this quarter…

Nuttall Attacks Labour IRA Sympathisers: “I Want to Replace the Labour Party”


Northern Labour MPs are already tweeting panicky slap-dash attacks on Nuttall’s old views on the NHS. It’s not enough and betrays how scared they now are…

Paul Nuttall Wins UKIP Leadership

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Paul Nuttall has won the UKIP leadership ballot and will replace Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, beating Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans.

Paul Nuttall – 9622 votes 62.6%
Suzanne Evans – 2973 votes 19.3%
John Rees-Evans–  2775 votes 18.1%

Rees-Evans almost managed to beat Suzanne Evans into third place despite being almost completely unknown before the contest. His social media presence was good and after walking out of a hustings he pledged to meet more UKIP members which may have helped his share of the vote. It seem that gay donkey rape comment didn’t hurt…

UPDATE: Peter Whittle is new Deputy Leader

Farage Speech at the Ritz

Nigel Farage recounts the year of the revolution at his victory party at the Ritz…

Abbott’s Immigration Stance Will Boost UKIP

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Writing on LabourList Diane Abbott says Labour can’t “out-UKIP UKIP” on immigration to win back supporters who are switching to the purple people’s army, so they should do the opposite. Bear in mind that Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Abbott as Labour’s official spokesperson on immigration…

Her strategy is to win progressive pro-immigration voters back from the Greens, SNP and LibDems..

SNP and LibDem voters are closer to Labour supporters on immigration, much closer. (The Greens are not included in the chart below, but their supporters have a net 48 per cent favourable attitude to immigration). On this issue they are perhaps the closest to Labour supporters’ views. These are among the voters Labour should find it easier to win over, or win back.

One snag. There are not enough of these pro-immigration voters that could be peeled off from rival “progressive” parties to give Labour victory. She will however drive even more Labour voters to UKIP….

UPDATE: Michael Dugher has laid into Diane Abbott as  being “wilfully naïve”:

“I’m sure Diane wishes to grow the Labour vote, rather than stick with the defeats of 2010 and 2015 or, worse, risk taking the party further backwards. But this ‘no compromise with the electorate’ attitude is the political equivalent of the charge of the Light Brigade and it can only bring disaster for Labour.”

Farage Jokes About Trump Touching Theresa May

He made the joke on TalkRadio earlier and added: “I could be there as the responsible adult to make sure everything is OK.” Ambassador Farage?

UKIP’s John Rees-Evans Storms Out of Hustings

UKIP leadership contender and donkey gay rape banter enthusiast John Rees-Evans stormed out of a hustings in Newport last night after laying into the party hierarchy. He was angry at being told he wasn’t allowed to attack other candidates and told Guido that it was “patronising the membership”.[…] Read the rest

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Whittle Pulls Out

Peter Whittle has pulled out of the UKIP leadership race and endorsed Paul Nuttall:

“To meet the new challenges which the future holds, UKIP needs a leader who knows the party inside out and who can command the loyalty of members across the board.

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UKIP’s First Hustings Report

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When Guido turned up at the UKIP leadership hustings last night his cover was nearly blown when Michael Crick ambushed him with a camera and asked if he was a kipper. Thankfully he managed to escape to take his seat.

Nuttall got the biggest cheer of the night and whilst almost every candidate said what the audience wanted to hear, Nuttall consistently delivered it the best.[…] Read the rest

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Leave.EU-Backed Raheem Had Little Real Support, Despite Social Media Lead

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The social media profiles of UKIP’s leadership candidates show Raheem Kassam was far ahead of his rivals before he pulled out this morning. The best indicator of online campaign support was the twibbon, where supporters add a campaign slogan to their social media profiles.[…] Read the rest

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Kassam Pulls Out of UKIP Leadership Race

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Raheem Kassam has pulled out of the UKIP leadership race and endorsed Peter Whittle:

After much consideration, I have decided not to pursue my campaign to be UKIP leader any further. This was a very difficult decision, and I want to thank everyone who supported me in the process.

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Paddy Thinks Suzanne’s Coming Second

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Guido was in the Marquis of Granby pub earlier this afternoon when he eavesdropped on a Suzanne Evans campaign meeting with Patrick O’Flynn and Lisa Duffy. Paddy, the most high profile Kipper backing Suzanne and her effective campaign manager, was overheard to say he thinks she will come second.[…] Read the rest

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UKIP Whitewash Inquiry Lets Hookem Off the Hook

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As Guido reported earlier, UKIP’s internal investigation into the Strasbourg fracas has essentially cleared Mike Hookem and slammed Steven Woolfe. They have ruled:

The decision of Mr Hookem to join Mr Woolfe in the ante room is the only action which I have the ability to consider for disciplinary action.
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UKIP Set to Throw Woolfe Under Bus

Martin Schulz has referred Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem to the French police after their fracas earlier this month.[…] Read the rest

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