UKIP Plot to Make Muslim-Bashing Batten Leader

Senior UKIP figures are proposing to appoint pink-suited Muslim-basher Gerard Batten as their interim leader if Henry Bolton loses the vote at this weekend’s EGM, Guido can reveal. The three UKIP peers, Lords Pearson, Stevens and Willoughby de Broke, have written to the party’s NEC this morning:

“We now write to suggest that, ahead of the EGM on 17th February, you resolve to immediately appoint Gerard Batten MEP as Interim Leader in the event that Henry Bolton loses the vote at the EGM. Further, we suggest that you publicly announce ahead of the EGM that it is your intention to appoint Gerard in the event that Henry Bolton loses, so that UKIP members will know as they vote that you have a plan of action around the party leadership and that there will not be any demoralising vacuum at the top.”

Batten’s support is growing: John Bickley says “most Kippers want Gerard Batten to be interim leader. He’s a safe pair of hands and the party’s Brexit guru. Many of the colleagues I work with and I would support him”. He has also won surely game-changing endorsements from Bill Etheridge and Ben Walker. Batten was previously best known for saying British Muslims must sign a code of conduct, describing Islam as “Mohammedanism” and a “death cult” of which we should have a “rational fear”, and calling for an end to the building of new mosques in the UK until a non-Muslim place of worship is built in Mecca. A supporter once defended him to HuffPo saying: “It’s not like he wants to kill all Muslims”. UKIP leadership jostling seems like bald men fighting over a comb to Guido…

Venezuela Seeks Election Observers as Maduro Bans Opposition From Running

Venezuelan despot Nicolas Maduro has welcomed international observers to witness the country’s “flawless electoral system” during its presidential elections in April, as the Bolivarian regime bans the leaders of all the main opposition parties from standing. The leaders of the Justice First, Popular Will and Democratic Action parties – who together make up the opposition’s main electoral alliance – have all been barred from taking part. Maduro says:

“Venezuela is open to every necessary guarantee and welcomes every international observer willing to come. More than to inspect, they will be able to learn from the flawless electoral system we’ve built.”

Back in 2012 Venezuela looked to Britain for its election observers. A delegation of Labour MPs including one Jeremy Corbyn, Diane Abbott, Grahame Morris and Colin Burgon (Richard’s uncle), flew to Caracas alongside other “impartial” Chavistas including Owen Jones. After six years of human rights abuses, extrajudicial killings and opposition politicians being locked up, will Jezza, Diane and Owen be volunteering this time round?

“Coup” Gaffe UKIP Chairman Resigns

Paul Oakden has announced his resignation as UKIP Party Chairman and said overseeing Saturday’s EGM will be his last act before standing down. Oakden said he voluntarily terminated his contract last month. Here’s his statement:

“Being the Chairman of UKIP is an honour and a privilege. It doesn’t come with champagne lunches, a whopping salary or great esteem. What it does bring are thousands of emails and letters, occasional angry members whom it’s just not possible to pacify. Chairing the board, acting as a diplomat between the NEC and a Leader (or five) and generally being the person whose fate it is to disappoint almost everybody.

“That’s the base line, and it expands from there – still, I’m the lucky one for having had the opportunity to do it. One Of the more unenviable tasks is to chair national EGMs, as the one that is taking place this Saturday in Birmingham. Chairing this EGM, however, will be my last act as UKIP Party Chairman.

“At the end of January, I voluntarily terminated the contract that l have with UKIP, bringing my formal employment with the party to an end. This was entirely of my own volition. Earlier today I wrote to the Party Leader and the NEC to notify them of my decision to stand down once the EGM has concluded.”

Over the weekend Oakden denied being part of a “coup” when he sent out an email signed off “interim leader.” Will the last one out turn off the lights?

Brexit Babe’s New Smash Hit

The latest number from Guido’s favourite Brexiteer songstress Mandy Boylett, who brought you the unforgettable Brex-pop classics “Britain’s Coming Home” and “Get the Party Started”. Her new release is titled No Divorce Bill. Bit late for that unfortunately but top marks for effort…

“Paying For Pleasure” on Oxfam Online Shop

Available on the Oxfam online book store this afternoon, “Paying for Pleasure: Men Who Buy Sex”.

“Drawing on original empirical data with men who buy sex, this book takes a fresh look at the relationships clients have with female sex workers… Managing secrecy, stigma and the consumption of intimacy takes this book into some of the more challenging theoretical areas of masculinity”

Anyone at Oxfam able to provide any “empirical data” on “managing secrecy” and the “more challenging theoretical areas of masculinity”?

Quintuple #DespiteBrexit Special

A special quintuple whammy of #DespiteBrexit good news to brighten up a chilly Monday. Over the weekend US bank Citigroup announced a massive investment in London, its first since the referendum result. They plan to establish an innovation centre with 60 high quality jobs and room for expansion. James Cowles, the bank’s EMEA CEO, told the FT:

“Regardless of Brexit, the UK remains one of the world’s largest pools of diverse talent when it comes to hiring advanced technologists with a strong business background.”

Meanwhile, Bob Dudley of global energy powerhouse BP says Brexit has “not diminished” Britain’s standing on the world stage and is bullish on trade deals. He told The Times:

“There are a lot of countries around the world that would like trade deals with Britain bilaterally down the road, I hear that a lot. I don’t think British influence is diminished. BP works all over the world and I see the importance of Britain in what we do and how they view BP.”

In manufacturing, British engine makers are experiencing an unprecedented boom and production is at an all-time high. According to the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders:

  • British engine manufacturing rose 6.9% to all-time high of 2.7 million units in 2017;
  • Home demand is up 9.7%, while global demand rose to almost 1.5 million units;

UK engine manufacturing is now worth £8.5 billion, supporting 8,000 British jobs. Brexit an engine for British growth…

Remember when Project Fear said Brexit would threaten Britain’s reputation as an outward-looking, welcoming nation? Remainers suggested international visitors to the UK, students, for instance, would be put-off. In fact, a record number of foreign students now want to study at British universities. According to UCAS figures:

  • International student applications are up 11% to 58,450;
  • Applications from China rose by 20%;
  • Applications from India rose by 36%;
  • Applications from Mexico surged by 52%.

And the value of UK food and drink exports has soared to record levels, up 10% to reach £22 billion in 2017 – more than double what they were worth ten years ago. British food and drink producers now sell to 217 countries. Sales of milk and cream increased by 61%, salmon by 23% and pork by 14%. And, as Liz Truss famously predicted, we’ve sold cheese to the French (£85 million), chocolate to the Belgians (£21 million) and tea to the Chinese (£2 million). Five new pieces of good news, #DespiteBrexit…

Valentine’s Day Prize Competition

Wednesday is Valentine’s Day chaps, so we have got together with our friends at Arena Flowers to to offer a timely beautiful bouquet sent to the Valentine of the wittiest caption writer for the above picture. Entries in the comments!

Avoid the doghouse if you don’t win and order a proper bunch of Valentine’s flowers for your other half (or someone you’d like to be your other half) from the UK’s most ethical florist. Guido Fawkes readers can nab a massive 15% off by using code Guido. Last orders for free Valentine’s delivery are before 1pm on 13th Feb!

Leadsom Contacts Police: 4 New Brexit Death Threats Reported to Cops This Morning

Andrea Leadsom’s office tell Guido they have complained to the police about this Brexit death threat she received this morning. Guido also understands four other such letters have been reported to the police today. Six Leave donors received the letters last week. Grim stuff…

UPDATE: Met statement:

“Police are aware of threatening letters sent to four Members of Parliament at the House of Commons. Two of the letters were reported to police on Friday February 9, and two on Monday February 12. The letters are being investigated by officers from the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command. There has been no arrest at this stage. Enquiries are ongoing.”

Esme Wren New Newsnight Editor

Email to Sky News staff:

Hi,

Esme Wren has been appointed the new Editor of BBC’s Newsnight – a big show in the corporation’s current affairs firmament. Esme has done an outstanding job here both as a leader and a journalist. She started as a producer 13 years ago to rise through the ranks at Sky going on to run our political coverage and specialist journalism that is so key to our brand with great success. Esme played a very critical role in negotiating behind the scenes the three highly successful special elections/ referendum programmes with the party leaders in 2015, 2016, and 2017 that were the defining landmarks of the campaigns. I want to thank Esme for the big contribution she has made in strengthening our journalism, growing our brand, developing our people and for her leadership, challenge, counsel and support in recent years. I wish Esme success and the very best of luck on Newsnight.

John

As Guido tipped last week

Esme is the right choice out of the final two – Sky’s head of politics has been there since 2005, before which she was a producer at Newsnight. The internal candidate was Louisa Compton of Victoria Derbyshire and Newsbeat – it would have been nurses pay and preferred pronouns every night had she got the gig. Congratulations… 

Now Leadsom Gets Brexit Death Threat

Leader of the House Andrea Leadsom tweets that she is the latest pro-Brexit politician to receive a death threat signed “THE REAL 48 PER CENT”. The chilling note reads:

“You have taken lives on our side. Now we will take lives on yours. We are coming for you.”

Multiple Leave donors received the threats last week, now Brexit-backing MPs are getting them too. And to think Remainers claimed the letters were fake… 

New SpAd List: Cameron Era Advisers Return

The return of veteran Cameron era aides is a definite theme as Guido brings you the latest SpAd List. Guido can reveal Zoe Thorogood is Brandon Lewis’ new chief of staff at CCHQ (she is joined by Anita Boateng, who will split her time with David Lidington in the Cabinet Office). Zoe was Eric Pickles’ SpAd back in the day at DCLG, she is popular, a grown up and will be a useful hire for the Tories. Guido understands Meg Powell-Chandler, who worked for Dave for two years in Number 10, is returning to government as Damian Hinds’ SpAd. We can also reveal Sajid Javid has hired Samuel Coates (the comms/strategy one not the Times one) – he’s a former speechwriter to Cameron, adviser to the Canadian government and Brexiter. Lottie Dominiczak (née Dexter) will once again be SpAd to Matt Hancock, having had the same job in the DC years. She is joined at DCMS by ex-CCHQ spinner and chess obsessive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin. Gavin Williamson has hired Rob Golledge, previously a journalist at his local paper the Express & Star, as his media SpAd.

There are a few blank spaces left to fill – get in touch if you have the names…

Coded Leadership Hint from Truss?

Guido is beginning to think Liz Truss is going to be a Tory leadership candidate. Why else would she be learning how to put a cabinet together?

Sunday Times’ Shippers v FT’s Spiegel

A classic Media Twitter Bitch Fight over the weekend, as the Sunday Times’ Tim Shipman and the FT’s Peter Spiegel argued about who scooped whom. Particular highlights are Shippers on the “classic FT self-satisfied and patronising tone” and Spiegel’s catty remark about a departing Sunday Times hack.

After some even early jousting, Guido reckons the more experienced Twitter streetfighter Shippers took it with the final zinger.

UKIP Chairman: “This Is Not A Coup”

A late night email dropped to UKIP members from Chairman Paul Oakden yesterday. It was signed off: “Interim Leader”. Had a bloodless coup taken place overnight?

A few minutes later Oakden followed up with a clarification email:

“To avoid any panic this is not a coup … I remain, for now, the Interim Chairman. There is no Interim Leader.”

“For now”…

Over the weekend Henry Bolton didn’t deny he’d been seen out again with Jo Marney since the last sighting. On LBC this morning he told Nick Ferrari he had been paid around £5,000 since becoming party leader, said it was LinkedIn’s fault he claimed he had a BA degree from Sandhurst. EGM on Saturday…

Rich’s Monday Morning View

No Straight White Men Allowed at Labour Equalities Conference

You’d have thought they might have learned their lesson after the Equalities and Human Rights Commission found Labour guilty of “unlawful discrimination” a few weeks back…

UPDATE: Tory MP Andrew Bridgen comments:

“Labour are a divisive Party who want to divide people into victim groups. They have not learnt from the Equalities Commission ruling last month regarding their discriminatory attempt to sell tickets for their East Midlands Conference at different prices based on ethnicity. Now they are banning white male heterosexuals from attending their Equalities Conference. They seem to believe that white, male heterosexuals have nothing to contribute to the subject of Equality. It seems that in La La Labour land everyone is equal but some are more equal than others.”

And James Cleverly adds:

“This is yet another example of discrimination by Labour.

“Their lazy assumption that straight white men can’t fight for equality is shocking. It is essential that political parties represent each and every person irrespective of race, sexuality or age.

“The Labour Party should take action now to ensure that this discrimination comes to an end.”

BBC #TomorrowsPapersToday Censors Mail on Sunday Splash

For some reason the BBC’s on-duty #TomorrowsPapersToday tweeter Neil Henderson forgot to send out the Mail on Sunday front page last night. It featured on the BBC News Channel paper review and the Marr paper review, but not #TomorrowsPapersToday. This isn’t the first time Henderson has refused to tweet out an “uncomfortable” newspaper splash – last year he censored a Sun story about diver Tom Daley.

Why are the BBC’s #TomorrowsPapersToday tweeters making personal editorial decisions about which newspaper front pages licence fee payers can and can’t see? Who made @hendopolis news editor of the internet?

Penny Calls For Brexit Vision and “Meat on the Bone”

More than slightly worrying that Cabinet ministers are having to call on Number 10 to give its vision for Brexit 19 months after the referendum…

McDonnell Accuses Bad Al of “Macho, Threatening Politics”

Top trolling…

Marr Tells Penny: “That Was Very Good”

Andrew Marr must have thought the cameras had stopped rolling when he gave a thumbs up and whispered “That was very good” to Penny Mordaunt after her interview this morning. He wasn’t wrong though. Made a change to see a Cabinet minister answering questions directly…[…] Read the rest

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