UKIP Conference Attendance Halved

No wonder UKIP cut the prices for their conference tickets yesterday: Guido understands the party is expecting just over 1,000 attendees in Doncaster this year. That’s half the record 2,000 delegates they managed last year, and as low as it has been in the last five years according to one veteran.

Not exactly swamped…

Pics via Seb Payne and Michael Deacon

“The Know” Campaign Rebrands to “Leave.EU”

The unfortunately titled “The Know” campaign have sensibly decided to rebrand following the change to the EU referendum question. They will now be known as “Leave.EU”, with Arron Banks explaining: “The new campaign slogan better represents the question and fits with our strap line – Love Europe, Leave the EU”. Just one problem…

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The press release tells readers to click through to the brand new “Leave.EU” website, which isn’t up yet. Sources on the campaign team promise the site will be up and working to be revealed at the Labour Party conference…

UPDATE:

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Entries in the comments please…

Oh No! UKIP Order Merchandise With Wrong Referendum Wording

UKIP’s EU referendum campaign is launching this lunchtime, and Guido can offer a sneak peak at what’s in store after being leaked this internal purchase document. Looks like they’ve also been stung by the change to the referendum question. All the merchandise will be branded with ‘No’ rather than ‘Leave’.

Hope all those cufflinks and car stickers didn’t cost too much…

Anti-UKIP Burnham v Patriotic ‘Purple’ Andy

Internationalist lefty Andy Burnham has UKIP in his sights this morning, vowing to “fight nationalism wherever I find it“:

“Across Europe, we have seen the rise of nationalist parties… And established parties have begun to follow suit. Here in this country, the governing party spent an election playing to English nationalism… As Labour leader, I will fight nationalism – an ugly brand of politics that seeks to divide people one from another – wherever I find it. It is a dead-end towards division, separation and conflict… Labour has been too weak in standing up to nationalism.”

Yet, after Labour lost in May, patriotic ‘purple’ Andy Burnham claimed “every single place that I went to” was concerned about immigrants. “Standing up to nationalism” meant he invited local ‘kippers to a meeting to try and win them over, saying they are “not xenophobic or racist“. His speeches echoed Farage’s “divisive” rhetoric on the train, sympathetically recounting the concerns of one anti-foreigner voter:

“When you’re at work and you have a tea break, you go into the tea room and have a chat with people. When I’m at work I have my tea break on my own because I’m the only one who speaks English”

What was that about “an ugly brand of politics”?

Burnham “raided” UKIP’s manifesto for his leadership pitch. He copied UKIP’s lines and said that “MPs all live in posher areas, don’t see what they go through and hence don’t help them“. He lifted Farage’s “metropolitan elite” buzzword. “Labour has been too weak in standing up to nationalism…”

UKIP / Tory Row Over EU Campaign Conference Ban

‘The Know’, a Eurosceptic group which is seeking designation as the official ‘No’ campaign for the EU referendum, claims to have been banned from Tory conference this afternoon:

Are the Tories really refusing to give a platform to Eurosceptic groups at their party conference?

‘The Know’, which claims to be “non-partisan and independent” on its website, has been accused of being a front group for UKIP. A leaked UKIP internal email revealing party support for the group, while UKIP have officially praised them as “good people” with “resources, imagination and vim“. What’s more, ‘The Know’ was launched by UKIP donor Arron Banks, who infamously defected from the Conservatives by writing a million pound cheque to Farage on the final day of last year’s Tory conference. Looks like the Tories are now getting their revenge…

Mirror Apologise to “Sick Nazi Salute” Kipper

Back in 2013 the Mirror splashed on UKIP’s Alex Wood “giving a sick Nazi salute”.  Many others saw a bloke reaching to grab the camera-phone with his left-hand – which was exactly what he claimed. The story drove the lefty Twitterati wild with glee, confirming their prejudices about UKIP being a bunch of racists. Today the Mirror say in a statement:

“In print and online articles in April and May 2013 we said that Alex Wood, who was standing for UKIP in the May 2013 local elections in Somerset, had been photographed making a ‘Nazi salute’. We also said that he had made racist comments on Facebook.

We now accept that these allegations were wrong and there is no reason to believe that Mr Wood is a racist or a Nazi. The photograph, one of a series of photographs appearing on his Facebook page, was taken out of context. Mr Wood was reaching out to stop a friend taking a photo on a mobile phone. The comments on Facebook purportedly made by Mr Wood were not made by him and the police have confirmed that they were not made by Mr Wood.

We apologise to Mr Wood for the allegations made and any hurt and distress caused as a result. We hope this apology will go some way to repairing Mr Wood’s reputation.”

Despite UKIP vehemently denying the claim at the time, it only took ’em two years to say sorry…

All those who were quick to pile in at the time will be following the Mirror and Mehdi’s mea culpa, right? 

Crosby on Farage

Sky News Australia have Tory strategist Lynton Crosby’s say on the election. You can tell he particularly enjoyed the UKIP result:

“I don’t think they’ve got a long-term future. You should never write anyone off but they will be a voice of discontent. They are very reliant on the performance of their leader Nigel Farage and even he couldn’t win a seat. Sixth or seventh time he’s tried to win a Westminster seat. I think he might be better coming to Australia and doing talkback radio than trying to run another seat in the UK.”

Well at least Nige’s boys are winning the cricket…

Look to the Evans: Suzanne Running For Mayor

Suzanne Evans tells Iain Dale:

“I have thrown my hat into the ring to apply to be UKIP candidate for Mayor of London and or an London assembly member. Let’s be realistic, I don’t think London is going to have a UKIP mayor any time soon. 

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UKIP ‘Protect Our Heritage’ Bag Made in India

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Commonwealth, at least…[…]

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Purple Goes Pink for UKIP Mayoral Race

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UKIP don’t have a great reputation amongst the gay community after campaigning against marriage equality and even blaming floods on gay sinners.

So good news that their Culture Spokesman Peter Whittle is highly likely to be the party’s candidate for Mayor of London.[…]

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UKIP U-Turn on Short Money

At the height of the explosive UKIP row over Short money, Nigel Farage outbid Douglas Carswell by insisting that UKIP would not take a penny of the £650,000 to which the party is entitled:

“I’m going to recommend that we don’t accept any of it.

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ALERT RAHEEM!

Douglas Carswell, Suzanne Evans, Mark Reckless and UKIP party chairman Steve Crowther openly plotting in Portcullis House.

Don’t tell Raheem![…]

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Liz Kendall For UKIP Leader

This is just getting silly, now:

When will the smears stop?

That escalated quickly:

No word yet on whether it was a Corbyn or Cooper backer who set it up. Though Guido suspects it is too witty to have been created by a Labour supporter…[…]

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Owen Jones Flirts With Brexit

“You’ve got a massive democratic deficit and a lack of accountability at the heart of the European project… it’s an attack on democracy as things stand.” Who spoke these words of soundness and wisdom? Owen Jones today calls for the left to reconsider: “I think a debate needs to open up on the left about whether we should stay in the European Union”.[…]

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Farage’s Speech Praising Tsipras

Radical far leftist Alexis Tspiras looked a little confused by his unlikely new friend in the European Parliament:

“There is a new Berlin wall and it is called the euro…”[…]

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