Next UKIP Leader Runners and Riders

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Who is in the running? As ever Guido gives you your runners and riders:

  • Paul Nuttall – Tells Guido he is taking soundings. Would be a strong candidate to take forward the Red UKIP strategy of fighting Labour in the north. His coveting of the job did not go unnoticed by Team Nige over the last few months. Hopefully he wouldn’t have to give up his Sunday Sport column.
  • Steven Woolfe – Says to Guido that he will make a decision once he has consulted with his wife. Stayed noticeably neutral during the UKIP wars of last May, could he be the unity candidate? One of UKIP’s better TV performers, he is ambitious and has the back story. Expect him to run.
  • Diane James – Touted as a future leader for years, had once been seen as a major rising star but is partial to a gaffe. Nige has always said UKIP’s next leader could be a woman.
  • Peter Whittle – UKIP’s London mayoral candidate has just ruled himself out.
  • Suzanne Evans – Wants the job but there is one major problem. She is suspended and isn’t actually in the party. 
  • Douglas Carswell – The Faragists will stop at nothing to prevent this happening. There are moves to kick him out at tonight’s NEC meeting.

Who are you backing?

UPDATE: Bookies’ odds via Betfair:

Woolfe EVENS, Nuttall 7/4, Evans 3/1, Carswell 6/1, Diane James 6/1, Reckless 6/1

Farage Resigns as UKIP Leader

“I have decided to stand aside as Leader of UKIP. The victory for the ‘Leave’ side in the referendum means that my political ambition has been achieved. I came into this struggle from business because I wanted us to be a self-governing nation, not to become a career politician.

“UKIP is in a good position and will continue, with my full support to attract a significant vote. Whilst we will now leave the European Union the terms of our withdrawal are unclear. If there is too much backsliding by the Government and with the Labour Party detached from many of its voters then UKIP’s best days may be yet to come”.

He came into politics to get us out of the EU, he was the one man more than any other responsible for forcing the referendum. Job done.

Farage: Carswell Could Be Expelled Monday

Speaking to Iain Dale, Farage says of Carswell:

“What would he know? We find someone in our party who doesn’t agree with anything the party stands for. It’s a very odd state of affairs. I don’t get involved with [expulsions]… That will be up to the party’s NEC to decide on Monday… It is a very odd state of affairs. Why would you join a party like UKIP with me as the leader, and with our policies and manifesto, and from almost day one of joining disagree with everything we do. I find it really, really odd.”

Good to see UKIP focusing on the big issues now the referendum is done.

Farage Victory Speech to European Parliament

“You’re quite right Mr Schulz; UKIP used to protest against the establishment, and now the establishment protests against UKIP.” He’s loving it…

Nigel Farage “Dares to Dream” Brexit Victory

“Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom.”

Turncoat Tolhurst ‘Claimed to Be Pro-Leave’


Oh dear… according to Quentin Letts, newly converted Remain supporter Kelly Tolhurst personally told him she was a Brexiteer:

Kelly says she is “surprised” by Quentin’s tweet because she “only finally decided last week”. Oh really…

When she was fighting Mark Reckless in Rochester last year, Tolhurst included an anti-EU immigration pledge as one of the six pillars of her campaign, promising “action – not just talk”. She said she wanted the time from which EU migrants can claim benefits “extended to five years… immediately”. More than the PM achieved in his renegotiation. Now she says the renegotiation has secured the immigration changes she desired. What was that about “Action – not just talk”?

Back in 2012 she even supported Reckless’s campaign against the EU:

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She campaigned and won her constituency as an avowed Eurosceptic. She told journalists she was a Leaver. What possibly could have changed Kelly’s mind?

Turncoat Tolhurst Backs Remain


Tory MP Kelly Tolhurst, who claimed to be a Eurosceptic worried about EU immigration in order to defeat UKIP’s Mark Reckless, has endorsed Remain:

“Having listened to the debate, looked at the facts, and spoken to prominent campaigners on both sides, I have now made my own decision that I will be voting to remain on the 23rd June. I believe that the risks to my country will be greater if we leave than if we remain part of the EU at this point in time.”

Careerist Kelly previously claimed to have personally complained to the PM about the impact of EU immigration on her constituency. This is a u-turn of Makian proportions. Expect UKIP to take full advantage…

Christine Hamilton Hired on the Public Payroll


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


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. […]


Welsh UKIP’s Hunky Firemen Actually Come From Spain


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.[…]


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

UKIP Expelled

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.[…]


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


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.[…]


Suzanne’s High Court Bid Fails


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.



Suzanne Evans Suspended By UKIP: High Court Battle Today


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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Quote of the Day

Trump supporter Raheem Kassam responds to Suzanne Evans calling him “far right”:

“We’re going to rise above it. When she goes low, we go high, to quote Michelle Obama.”

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