Winston McKenzie Goes Out With a Bang

It wouldn’t be a Winston McKenzie interview without him slagging off London as a “complete dump“. Winston has now quit UKIP, the fourth party he has been through after spells with the LibDems and the Tories. Will it be the SNP or the Greens next?

UKIP’s No Answer Campaign in Oldham

Nigel Farage and John Bickley launched UKIP’s by-election campaign HQ up in Oldham this morning, telling potential voters to give them a ring on a freephone 0800 number. Yet if you call the number advertised, budding ‘Kippers are told: “The 0800 number you have dialled is unfortunately no longer available”. Amusingly this is the same hotline that Guido revealed has been disabled back in March this year after it was spammed by Hope Not Hate.

It’s a No campaign alright, no answer…

UPDATE: Hurrah! Since Guido’s story this morning, the number now appears to have been reactivated. Happy to have been of help…

John Bickley UKIP’s Oldham Candidate

UKIP have gone for John Bickley for the Oldham West by-election. He is a self-made businessman and the son of a trade unionist, and a key proponent of the Red UKIP ‘protect your benefits and the NHS’ strategy in the North. He would already be an MP if UKIP had put enough resources into the Heywood and Middleton by-election last year, but he lost to Labour by just 600 votes. Labour sources in the area say they will paint Bickley as a carpet-bagging serial loser who has run for parliament and been beaten three times already. Voting day will be December 3…

UPDATE: ‘Bickley Backs Britain’ is UKIP’s slogan for Oldham West. The implication being that Corbyn’s IRA/Hamas/Stalin/’Malvinas’-backing Labour do not…

Farage: Portugal Crisis is “Modern Day Brezhnev Doctrine”

Nigel Farage has given another one of those must-watch speeches in the European Parliament today. The topic was the democracy crisis in Portugal, where the government has lost its majority but the anti-EU opposition is being prevented from attempting to form a coalition:

“This is the modern day implementation of the Brezhnev Doctrine. This is exactly what happened to states living inside the USSR . What is being made clear here with Greece and indeed with Portugal is that a country only has democratic rights if it’s in favour of the [European] project. If not, those rights are taken away. And perhaps none of this should surprises us as Mr. Juncker has told us before: there can be no democratic choice against the European treaties. And the German Finance Minister, Mr. Schäuble, has said: elections change nothing – there are rules. I think for anyone that believes in democracy, Portugal should be the final straw. It should be the warning that this project, [in order to] to protect itself and all its failings, will destroy the individual rights of peoples and of nations. My country has always believed in parliamentary democracy so strongly that twice in the last century it risked everything to fight for parliamentary democracy, not just for Britain but for the rest of Europe too. And I actually believe that for all of us that believe in democracy and want to see it reimplemented, the British referendum offers a golden opportunity.”

The opposition in Portugal might be socialists, but the country is effectively suspending democracy to prevent Eurosceptics with a massive electoral mandate from taking power…

UKIP Oldham West Runners and Riders

UKIP are already mobilising ahead of the Oldham West by-election. The party managed a respectable 21% there in May, though Michael Meacher leaves behind a formidable 14,000 majority. Guido gives you your runners and riders to be the UKIP candidate…

  • Paul Nuttall – UKIP’s deputy leader is the favourite. Nuttall has previously run in neighbouring Oldham East and is seen as the party candidate, “Nigel’s choice” as one senior figure puts it. Main drawback is he is a Scouser in a Manc area.
  • Mark Davies – A self-made businessman, free marketeer and ethnic minority candidate, Davies “has a great backstory” according to an ally. Ran in Manchester Withington in May so has experience, too.
  • Steven Woolfe – Another local and also a BME candidate, Woolfe came a decent third in Stockport in May. A long-time party spokesman whose face is well-known from TV, though he is currently recovering from recent serious surgery. The by-election may come too soon for him.
  • John Bickley – Fought for UKIP in the Wythenshawe by-election, Bickley is a self-made businessman and the son of a trade unionist. A key proponent of the Red UKIP ‘protect your benefits and the NHS’ strategy in the North. He is old-fashioned ex-Labour so could clean up if they choose a Corbynista candidate.
  • Louise Bours – Famously mouthy and a North-West MEP, Louise was surprisingly coy when Guido asked her if she fancied running: “Any decisions about Oldham will be made by the local branch in conjunction with the UKIP NEC.” Guido will take that as a yes.
  • Francis Arbour – The party’s candidate in May, where he finished a strongish second. Will feel he deserves another crack.

Guido understands there is a hustings at the weekend and the decision is imminent. They think they have a shot…

#CamsCon: New UKIP Attack Video

UKIP HQ have released a new attack video today to coincide with the launch of cameronscon.com, a site soliciting donations for UKIP’s referendum campaign.

Guido has seen higher production values…

Nige Weighs In To #Piggate

Nigel Farage has been entertaining the attendees at the UKIP conference in Doncaster this afternoon by poking fun at the PM.

Talk about hamming it up…

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 […]

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Friday Caption Contest: Defection Rumours Edition

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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. […]

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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

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