Matt Richardson Offers Resignation

RICHARDSON-RESIGNING

Guido understands that Matt Richardson, the UKIP party secretary criticised by Patrick O’Flynn, has offered his resignation.

Friends of Richardson point out that his contract was up in the end of June anyway.

He’s out.

O’Flynn: Farage is My Political Hero

But he’s pulling no punches, calling his aides “wrong uns”…

UKIP Wars: Who is Backing Whom

As UKIP’s civil war plays out in the open, here is Guido’s guide to who is backing whom:

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The “coup team” led by O’Flynn and Carswell has the support of much of UKIP HQ, especially in the press office, where Gobby and other junior spinners are on board.

Steven Woolfe and Tim Aker signalled their support for the plotters by publicly tweeting back Carswell, but they are said to be sitting on the fence rather than outright supporting a coup.

The Farage loyalists are made up of the old guard ‘Kippers like deputy leader Paul Nuttall and Steve Crowther, as well as money man Arron Banks. They are joined by three of Farage’s closest aides, Raheem Kassam, Chris Bruni-Lowe and Matthew Richardson, whom O’Flynn declared war on this morning in the Times.

Whose side are you on?

UPDATE: UKIP donor Stuart Wheeler now says of Farage “I would like him to step down at least for the moment.”

UKIP at War

UKIP’s Patrick O’Flynn has declared war on Nigel Farage on the front page of his favourite newspaper, the Times. O’Flynn says Farage is no longer “cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring” and has become “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”:

“What’s happened since Thursday night, Friday morning has certainly laid us open to the charge that this looks like an absolutist monarchy or a personality cult. I don’t think that even Nigel would say it’s been the most glorious chapter of his leadership. The team around Nigel himself need to reflect why it was that Thanet voted in a Ukip council but didn’t vote in Nigel as the MP for Thanet South.”

O’Flynn blames Farage’s “aggressive” and “inexperienced” aides, blaming a “Tea Party, ultra-aggressive American influence”. One of those aides responds, from America:

Farage and O’Flynn’s relationship has been strained since party conference, where Guido revealed the UKIP leader had been overheard laying into his economics spokesman. Fair to say it has got a lot worse since then…

No Agreement Between Farage and Carswell

Douglas Carswell MP and Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Looks like Farage and Carswell are both digging in. A UKIP spokesman confirms Guido’s story that the two have met, but:

“Nigel Farage met with Douglas Carswell this afternoon and there’s ongoing discussion about how best to represent four million UKIP voters in a way that is sensible and correct.”

So it didn’t go well then…

Police Investigate Alleged Electoral Fraud in South Thanet

Kent Police have launched an investigation into alleged electoral fraud in South Thanet.

UKIP sources say they didn’t make the complaint.

One to drive the conspiracy theorists wild…

UPDATE:

UKIP Peace Conference

Douglas Carswell MP and Ukip leader Nigel Farage

Guido understands that Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell are about to sit down this afternoon for peace talks.

Guido is optimistic that a resolution is imminent…

UPDATE:

Carswell Ups Ante in Short Money Row

Douglas Carswell just appeared Radio 4, telling the Today programme:

“Well there are one or two rather excitable staffers in Ukip who came up with a proposal that involves hiring 15 extra people, and you know, I would just point out that I’m not an American Senator. I doubt very much that even Ed Miliband when he was leader of the opposition would have had 15 staff in his office. I would much rather deal with this now than in a years’ time face awkward question from journalists like you phoning up and saying why on earth are you spending the best part of a million pounds running an office? Ukip’s meant to be different, and Ukip is going to be different, and I think we need to make absolutely clear that when we spend money we’re doing it because it’s the right thing to do, not just simply because the money’s there.”

He added that “I’m confident, absolutely certain that Nigel will see the good sense of this,” and pledged his loyalty to the leader:

“I can think of lots of people who could do the job far better than me and there are only 24 hours in a day. I can’t be leader of Ukip, run the Ukip operation in Westminster, represent my Clacton constituents, and be a dad and a husband, and I’m not prepared to compromise on the last 3.”

That should calm things right down…

Carswell’s “Spartacus Moment”

UKIP’s battle at the top has broken out into the open very publicly tonight. These apparently coordinated tweets from senior party figures came within a few minutes of each other this evening:

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CARSWELL FIGHTING UKIP HQ OVER £650,000 SHORT MONEY

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Right now everyone in Westminster is amused by the “unresignation” of Nigel Farage – or what the rest of us would call a “weekend off”. That is a done deal. What is not a done deal is the massive internal […]

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Farage Staying as UKIP Leader

Statement from the party NEC:

“As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want

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FARAGE LOSES SOUTH THANET

Beaten by the Tories by 2,000 votes.

Nationally UKIP are polling at 12%, well above expectations…[…]

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