Neo-Guido can report from the scene of the anti-cuts protest in Westminster, where Douglas Carswell had to be saved from the mob by the police:
Teenage loony lefties embarrass themselves again…
“There has been no purge,” sacked Suzanne Evans told Victoria Derbyshire this morning, insisting it is “a coincidence” that she, Patrick O’Flynn and Gobby have all since lost their jobs. Apparently we shouldn’t believe the “hostile media agenda” and “the only person plotting against Nigel is Nigel himself”.
She pledges her undying loyalty to the dear leader. Is the war over?
This is the moment UKIP’s Steven Woolfe was involved in a tense stand-off with French far right politician Jean-Marie Le Pen:
Woolfe appeared to say “out the way” as he walked straight through Le Pen’s interview, sparking an angry reaction from Le Pen and his camp. Woolfe tried to explain that a journalist had stepped on him before a Le Pen aide squared up to the UKIP man. Oooh la la…
As Guido revealed earlier, Suzanne Evans is leaving her job as UKIP policy chief. She says in a statement tonight:
“It has been a great privilege to work with UKIP for the past four months to produce the 2015 General Election manifesto. I was delighted with the way it was received, especially by party members and supporters. While my contract for that work comes to an end next week, I remain in my voluntary post as Deputy Chairman.”
It’s the night of the long Nige…
Will the next victim of the UKIP un-putsch be Suzanne Evans? Speculation mounts that there are plans afoot to sack Suzanne as party policy chief and replace her with defeated ex-MP Mark Reckless. Guido put it to Reckless this afternoon:
“I don’t want to comment on my future plans. Nothing has been agreed.”
Asked if UKIP had offered him Evans’ job, Reckless replied “I don’t want to comment”.
A UKIP spokesman says “no comment”. Evans has been approached for comment but is silent thus far.
Carswell is back in line, Gobby and O’Flynn are out… will Evans be next?
UPDATE: Evans says she will make a statement later.
O’Flynn stands down as Economics spokesman and grovels to his leader:
“I would like to express to colleagues my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day. And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase ‘snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive’. This was a fragment of a wider passage about perceptions and is not what I think of him. Nonetheless, I should have known better than anyone what use would be made of phrases that were both unfair and unkind.
“I am proud of what we achieved in the general election and am only sorry to have succumbed, as Roger (Helmer) put it with such impressive understatement, to public remarks that were ‘unhelpful’. I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done. I hope in the months ahead to be of use to the great campaign to persuade the British people to leave the EU, which is after all what brought me into politics in the first place.”
That’s everyone brought firmly back in line. Happy Christmas, war is over?
UPDATE: Suzanne Evans speaks:
“Patrick O’Flynn is one of UKIP’s hardest working MEPs. He has been an excellent economics spokesman and made valuable and professional contributions to our manifesto and our General Election campaign. I’m very sorry indeed to see him step down from his spokesman role.”
UPDATE II: Farage does his best Don Corleone:
“Patrick O’Flynn came in person to tell me he had realised that he had made a mistake and, being the honourable man that he is, tendered his resignation as UKIP Economics Spokesman. I accepted his resignation with some sadness, not least because he is very able and has been a great asset to the team. He continues to be a committed UKIP member and MEP.”