UKIP Leader Runners & Riders


After the surprise resignation of new UKIP leader Diane James, Guido brings you the latest runners and riders in UKIP’s leadership battle (odds from Betfair):

Paul Nuttall – Evens

Forever in Farage’s shadow, Nuttall has been deputy leader of UKIP for the last six years. His Liverpudlian roots could appeal to the working class north in a way that Evans or Kassam could only ever dream. The favourite after the fracas despite not yet confirming that he is standing…

Steven Woolfe – 2/1

The front runner in the last leadership contest until he forgot to submit his papers on time. Woolfe seemed to take the latest UKIP fight literally when he was in an alleged punch up with fellow MEP Mike Hookem. No longer the favourite post fracas and leaking of his talks with the Conservative Party.

Suzanne Evans – 4/1

Suzanne Evans was a  Conservative Party councillor who defected to UKIP in 2013.  Highly praised for writing UKIP’s 2015 manifesto, she was later suspended from the party for criticising a fellow candidate. Close to Carswell. Evans’s suspension has lapsed just in time for the latest contest.

Raheem Kassam – 15/1

Nigel Farage’s former chief of staff and current London editor of Breitbart, Kassam has already launched his online campaign to be leader with the slogan “Make UKIP great again” but his odds have been widening in the last few days. Most observers think he’s really running for the deputy-leader spot. The former Conservative Party activist is making a big thing of attacking “Blue Kippers”Like Nigel he’s very much a Marmite character.

Bill Etheridge – 27/1

MEP for the West Midlands and another former Conservative Party member. In the last leadership election he was accused of cheating by his fiancee when she found a half empty packet of Viagra in his car. Lad.

UKIP’s NEC is meeting this coming Monday to determine rules and timeframe…

UPDATE: Guido is told that Peter Whittle AM, UKIP’s former candidate for London mayor is also in the running (currently 27/1). A cultured fellow, if Guido’s memory serves him right he too is also a former Conservative Party member.

Hookem: Case For the Defence

In scenes reminiscent of the OJ trial, Mike Hookem has shown the world his hands as he tries to prove his innocence over the Steven Woolfe bust up. He asks: “Can you see any bruising or abrasions?” The case for the defence in UKIP’s internal inquiry…

Mike Hookem: I Didn’t Right Hook Him!

“There was no punches thrown, there was no face slapping, there was no digs, there was nothing… a bit of a scuffle”

Woolfe claims Hookem “landed a blow“. Who’s telling the truth?

UPDATE: Hookem tells Sky News that Woolfe asked him to take it outside “mano y mano” and that Woolfe “came at me”. He insists “there was no punches thrown”, just “girl on girl” “handbags at dawn”

Steven Woolfe Speaks

“The CT scan has shown that there is no blood clot in the brain. At the moment I am feeling brighter, happier and smiling as ever. As a precaution I am being kept in overnight awaiting secondary tests to make sure everything is fine. I am sitting up and said to be looking well. The only consequence at the moment is a bit of numbness on the left hand side of my face.”

Good news.

Neil Hamilton: Woolfe “Picked a Fight”

UKIP’s party chairman is facing calls from prominent Kippers to suspend Neil Hamilton after he told the BBC Steven Woolfe had “picked a fight and came off worse”. Hamilton handled the issue with his customary charm as Woolfe’s condition remained unknown. It has gone down very badly with the party hierarchy.

PICTURE: Steven Woolfe Altercation



UPDATE: ITV release a second picture of Woolfe being treated by paramedics:


UPDATE: UKIP MEP Nathan Gill says Woolfe is “conscious and recovering”.

Hookem Unavailable for Comment


Plain speaking Mike Hookem, UKIP’s defence spokesman who served 9 years in the Royal Engineers, latterly as a Commando Engineer, is unavailable for comment. Sources say he was very angry about reports that Steven Woolfe was on the verge of joining the Tories last week.  The MEP for Yorkshire & North Lincolnshire’s staff say they can’t get hold of him either…

Steven Woolfe Collapses in European Parliament

According to reports Steven Woolfe has collapsed in the European Parliament. ITV say he is being tended to by medics. Everyone at Guido wishes him a speedy recovery.

UPDATE: UKIP say he has been taken to hospital.

UPDATE II: According to Nigel Farage, Woolfe was involved in an “altercation” and his condition is “serious“. There are reports he was punched by a UKIP colleague.

UPDATE III: Sky News and the Telegraph report Woolfe has “bleeding on the brain”.

Kassam Running For UKIP Leader

Nigel Farage’s former top aide Raheem Kassam has entered the race for UKIP leader, Guido can reveal. A website called has been set up by Kassam’s campaign team, and he tells Guido:

“I, like ordinary UKIP members, am so tired of the chicanery at the top of this party.



Woolfe Considered Defecting to Tories

Guido understands Steven Woolfe seriously considered defecting to the Tories this weekend, before it emerged Diane James was standing down. Woolfe met with several top Tories over the last few weeks and was close to agreeing to join the party. It is understood that David Davis and Patrick McLoughlin were involved in trying to woo him over.[…]


Steven Woolfe Will Stand For UKIP Leadership

UKIP’s Steven Woolfe has just confirmed on Sky News that he is standing for the leadership. He attacked the National Executive Committee describing it as “no longer fit for purpose” because it prevented him from standing in the last election and disputed the fact that he got his papers in late. […]


Nigel Is Back!


The Electoral Commission have confirmed that Diane James never officially became UKIP leader as there were ‘issues’ with the signing of the leadership form. Apparently she added “V.C.” to the signature which stands for “Vi coactus” or “under duress”. All this means that Nigel never left.[…]


Diane James Quitting

dianeUKIP are refusing to deny that Diane James is quitting as leader after just two weeks in the job. Guido understands that family reasons are a factor, she told the party at the weekend that she wanted to stand down – they thought they had convinced her to stay but now it appears a decision has been taken.[…]


UKIP Gives Taxpayers 52% Rebate

After winning 3.9 million votes and just one seat, UKIP was entitled to £619,128 of Short Money last year. Their sole MP Douglas Carswell refused to take the full amount, sparking a bitter row with Nigel Farage, and irritating those in party HQ who had to find the money to pay staff wages.[…]


Suzanne Evans Reinstated to UKIP


Guido hears Suzanne Evans’ suspension from UKIP has expired and she has been reinstated to the party. Of course they are all being very Ukippy about it – new leader Diane James publicly described Suzanne as a “woman scorned” and the party say she still owes them £5,000 after her failed attempt to sue them and they expect her to pay up.[…]


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