Christine Hamilton Hired on the Public Payroll

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UKIP’s new group leader in Wales Neil Hamilton is wasting no time in making the most of his new gig. Guido can reveal he has already hired his wife Christine as his new assistant on the public payroll. No doubt after a full and open recruitment process…

Neil tells Guido:

“It is true I will be employing Christine. Christine has 26 years of experience of working in the House of Commons for MPs, and there is no one better to manage my diary. She will be employed on the bottom rung of the lowest scale.”

Surely an applicant with such experience deserves a better salary than that…

Neil Hamilton Deposes Welsh UKIP Group Leader

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Neil Hamilton is the new leader of the Welsh UKIP group after mounting a successful coup against the previous leader Nathan Gill. UKIP’s Welsh Assembly members voted 4-3 in Hamilton’s favour today – the disgraced former Tory had not been shy about his ambitions for the role. This is a blow to Nigel Farage, who is enemies with Hamilton and was firmly supporting Gill. He had taken the party from zero seats to seven in Wales so will feel hard done by that he’s been knifed by someone as unpalatable to the public as Hamilton. This is seen by Farage allies as the beginning of a move against him post-referendum…

UPDATE: Farage is furious:

“I have worked closely with Nathan Gill as leader of Ukip Wales. I have always found him to be hard-working, honest, and loyal. His removal after a successful Welsh Assembly election campaign is unjust and an act of deep ingratitude. In behaving like this, Ukip looks too like the other parties that we have fought so hard against.”

Welsh UKIP’s Hunky Firemen Actually Come From Spain

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UKIP’s Welsh manifesto discusses the importance of combining ambulance and fire services to “give fire professionals an important role during otherwise quiet periods”. Well, Welsh fireman certainly don’t spend their “quiet periods” posing for photos for UKIP manifestos – the uniformed hunks aren’t Welsh. They aren’t even British. Indeed, the original stock image of “Portrait Of Confident Firefighters Standing Against Truck” features models from Spain posing in front of Spanish fire engines, handily emblazoned with “Bomberos” in bright orange on their bonnets.

The manifesto also boasts a photograph of an American search and rescue team on the previous page. The word “Sheriff” on the back-plate in the stock image has been removed:

ukip wales rescue edit

Is there anything Welsh about Welsh UKIP’s manifesto models?

Councillor Caught on Camera Calling Kipper a “C*nt”

Ex-UKIP councillor Michael Skeels caused fury among local ‘Kippers in the market town of Tendring after he led a group of councillors to support the local Tories. One avid ‘Kipper was having none of it:

Questioner: “Do you have any comment to make about being unelected and sitting in the cabinet and making £64,000 over the next four years?”

Cllr Skeels: “You are a c*nt, ain’t ya?”

The councillor goes on to call him “useless” and a “tw*t”, before challenging: “Come and have a go if you’re hard enough!” Skeels might claim he’s purple but his language is still blue…

Labour Take Note: UKIP Expel Anti-Semite

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UKIP have formally expelled their London chairman out of the party he shouted anti-Semitic slurs at a fellow member. John Hellings apparently called Nigel Sussman a “north London Jewish c**t”. Farage says “The party has strict rules governing this sort of thing. I am satisfied that our processes work.” Labour take note: this is how you deal with anti-Semitism…

UKIP’s David Coburn Pranked

Legendary comical ‘Kipper David Coburn tried his hand at live broadcasting app Periscope during the Scottish leaders’ debates last night. Unfortunately Davey was sabotaged by his mischievous audience, who conspired to tell him his sound wasn’t working. Little did he know we could hear everything he was saying…

Via Daily Record

Farage, Like Marmite, is Popular

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Nigel Farage is under pressure internally from carping ‘Kippers and Farage-sceptic fellow Brexiteers of the Tory persuasion. UKIP are reminding everyone that although he may be like Marmite, repelling as many as he attracts, he is still more popular than any other politician bar Boris. Guido hopes that if next week the Electoral Commission designates Vote Leave rather than the GO/Leave.EU option,  all concerned will remember that Nigel is the least unpopular political leader in the country. Remember also that Farage – against the media’s expectations – bested Clegg in their head-to-head TV debate.  Nigel should be deployed where he can be most effective. 

At the 1922 Committee meeting this week David Cameron told his backbenchers that they should be telling voters that it was the Conservative Party that gave the people a referendum. In truth it was Nigel Farage who forced the Prime Minister to concede this referendum. Nigel deserves his place in British history for this alone and hopefully for more than that after June 23…

Suzanne’s High Court Bid Fails

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Suzanne Evans’ application in the High Court to have her suspension from UKIP lifted has failed. She’ll have to pay £5,000 costs. Patrick O’Flynn has started a petition to get her reinstated. Read all the gory details of the court case only on Guido here

UPDATE: Suzanne speaks:

“I am stunned and distressed by this latest turn of events. I will look to take up whatever right of appeal is open to me. I remain determined to keep my personal focus on working to the full extent of my ability to help secure a ‘Leave’ vote in the EU Referendum on 23rd June, and contribute to electoral successes for UKIP on 5th May.”

UPDATE II: UKIP hit back:

“A disciplinary panel constituted by the UKIP National Executive Committee today (23 March 2016) heard a complaint against Suzanne Evans that she had publicly criticised a fellow candidate in breach of the party rules and in terms which contravene the Party Constitution. The panel resolved to suspend her membership of the party for six months. The decision may be subject to appeal. Ms Evans sought an injunction in the High Court today to prevent the hearing, but this was unsuccessful. As a consequence of this, she will not now be nominated as a UKIP candidate in the London Assembly elections to be held on May 5th.”

Suzanne Evans Suspended By UKIP: High Court Battle Today

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Guido understands there a plans afoot in UKIP to suspend Suzanne Evans from the party. The party scheduled a disciplinary meeting this morning to discuss whether to take action against Evans over a series of claims involving alleged breaches of party rules.[…]

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MEPs Open Book on When Kamall Will De-Syed

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Fierce Tory Eurosceptic Syed Kamall’s continued dithering on his referendum decision has inspired MEP colleagues to open a book. Beatrix von Storch and Marcus Pretzell, both Alternative for Germany MEPs, have a £50 bet on whether he will actually manage to decide by June 23rd:

From: VON STORCH Beatrix
Sent: 10 March 2016 13:43
Cc: MEPs & ASSISTANTS-8th-Legislature
Subject: RE: BREXIT

Even in the ECR group we are wondering where Syed stands on this crucial issue.

[…]

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Top UKIP Spokesman Unsacked

Last week UKIP’s local government spokesman Peter Reeve, who at the time was viewed as a Vote Leave supporter, was sacked by Nigel Farage. Guido understands that at a meeting of the party’s NEC yesterday, a motion was unanimously passed demanding Farage reinstate Reeve to his role.[…]

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Farage Plot to Stop Hamilton Flops

Nigel Farage will not be thrilled to learn that Neil Hamilton has come top of his Welsh Assembly list following a ballot of members:

Mid & West Wales:

  1. Neil HAMILTON

North Wales:

  1. Nathan GILL

South Wales East:

  1. Mark RECKLESS

Nige had sought to nobble Hamilton’s election bid, using a series of meetings in January and February to try to browbeat the UKIP NEC into rubber stamping his own list.[…]

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UKIP Candidate Quits Over Galloway, ‘Pope’ Farage

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Chris Gillibrand, UKIP’s candidate in Ogmore for the Assembly Elections, has resigned citing the decision of Nigel Farage to share a platform with George Galloway.  Gillibrand says he

“… cannot begin to comprehend the motives for Mr Farage to share a platform with George Galloway.   

[…]

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UKIP Turns Thumbscrews on Mutinous Candidates

The feeling within UKIP this afternoon is that Farage and his team are carrying out a scorched earth policy against anyone associated with Vote Leave, even targeting ‘Kippers who have not publicly endorsed his preferred campaign, Grassroots Out. Guido has been passed an email sent to all candidates by Farage’s Welsh fixer Sam Gould.[…]

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Good Evans! Suzanne Sacked Again

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Farage’s revenge on Vote Leave-backing Suzanne Evans continues – last week he sacked her as deputy chair, today he’s sacked her as welfare spokesman. Last night Nigel told a Ladbrokes panel that Douglas Carswell is “irrelevant“, the second time in a week he has slagged off his only MP.[…]

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UKIP Target Labour Voters On Housing Issue

This Party Political Broadcast from UKIP featuring their London mayoral candidate Peter Whittle is aimed squarely at the social housing issue and Labour voters. It features a crying white working class mother with baby blaming immigrants for lack of housing. Labour are always on the back foot of the housing demand issue.[…]

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