Are You Going to Resign, Gobby? Yes

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The next victim of the UKIP bloodletting is the party’s Director of Communications, Paul “Gobby” Lambert. He has told ITV that he is on holiday and not coming back.

The level of sniping and negative briefing between Farage’s camp and the UKIP press office increased throughout the election campaign and reached a crescendo yesterday, with a Farage aide claiming “the press office has declared war on the leader”. This allegation was flatly denied by a source in the press office, who insisted “pretty much everybody are Farage loyalists” and that “Gobby [has been] desperately trying to keep the peace”. Seems that proved an impossible task…

Farage meanwhile is going after an unnamed senior UKIP figure who he claims is undermining him: “there is one person in UKIP agitating for change and he hasn’t had the courage to come out in public… that person better put up or shut up or go”. Who could he possibly mean…

Farage Rejects the Short Money

Nigel Farage tried to out-Carswell Douglas Carwell on Question Time last night when he revealed that he will be recommending UKIP take none of the Short Money cash pile.

“The last thing the public want to see is a political party infighting over public money and I’m going to recommend we don’t take any of it. I’m going to recommend we privately fund-raise..”

The Short Money row was so toxic for UKIP because it goes right to the heart of who the apparently anti-establishment party really are now. Carswell was right. Farage found himself in a tricky spot this week, but in rejecting the cash it’s clear he gets it.

Raheem Calls For Patrick O’Flynn’s Head

Fresh from being described as a “wrong un” by Patrick O’Flynn, Nigel Farage’s outgoing chief of staff Raheem Kassam popped up on Sky last night to blast O’Flynn and call for his resignation.

Boulton:  “Are you saying there’s no place in the party for Patrick O’Flynn?”

Kassam: “That’s absolutely what I’m saying…over the past 24 hours he has shown himself to be utterly unprofessional and undeserving of holding the spokesperson role for the UK Independence party…”

Raheem also let slip that he’s back at the helm of Breitbart London…

Kassam Out: Explains Confusion to Guido

“I no longer work for UKIP, but whether I ever work for Nigel again remains to be seen…

My contract expires at the end of the month and I’m on holiday till then.”

He claims from NYC…

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

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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:

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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:

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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

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Quote of the Day

Former Miliband guru Arnie Graf reveals Labour’s disconnect with the working class:

“On one of my trips to the U.K. in the autumn of 2013, I bumped into one of Ed’s strategists in Portcullis House. He asked me if I was assisting the staff on Ed’s trip that was to take place in a few days to one of the regions. I told him that I did not have knowledge of his planned trip.

He told me that Ed was going to give a talk at the region’s annual fund raising dinner and that prior to the dinner he had invited the media to join him at a local coffee shop to listen to a conversation he planned to have with a minimum wage worker. The point of the conversation was to show how difficult it was for a minimum wage worker to get on in life.

There was only one problem. No one had been able to locate a minimum wage worker for Ed to talk with.”

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