Exclusive: UKIP’s NEC Blocks Tommy Robinson Motion

The UKIP motion proposing to make Tommy Robinson a member of the party has been dropped on a procedural technicality, Guido has learned.

Party Chairman Tony McIntyre emailed party members this afternoon to inform them that the motion had fallen foul of the party’s rule book because it was submitted by an individual, rather than a constituency association or similar, and was therefore ineligible to be debated at the party’s conference.

The move was welcomed by MEP Jonathan Bullock, who dismissed the issue as a “complete distraction” from the party’s main issue of Brexit, adding that “UKIP needs to continue to make the case for Brexit with passion and avoid internal arguments about whether an individual should be a member or not”. UKIP should never have allowed it to get even this far…

UKIP Considering Giving Tommy Robinson Membership

This weekend UKIP’s NEC will decide whether to allow members to hear a conference motion proposing that former EDL leader Tommy Robinson is offered membership of the party. UKIP’s Family and Children spokesman Alan Craig has submitted a motion to be debated and voted on at their party conference, which is expected to be approved for debate by UKIP’s NEC on Sunday.

The proposed motion in full reads:

“Conference believes that Tommy Robinson stands on the long English tradition of anti-establishment rebels with a cause from Robin Hood to the Suffragettes and Nigel Farage; admires his campaigns both for #FreeSpeech and to expose the authorities’ decades-long silence and inaction over industrial-scale child sexual abuse by rape gangs; and requests the NEC to offer him membership of UKIP.”

Earlier this year, Neil Hamilton welcomed ‘alt-light’ internet celebrities Paul Joseph Watson, Carl Benjamin (Sargon of Akkad), Mark Meechan (Count Dankula), and Milo Yiannopoulos to UKIP as party members.

Nigel Farage said recently everybody hates Tommy Robinson, when he was leader he proscribed former EDL members from joining. Now the party is on the verge of embracingthe EDL’s founder…

UPDATE: A UKIP spokesperson has been in touch to say that the NEC will not be considering the proposed motion, as it would go against the party’s constitution and therefore require an extraordinary general meeting to enact.

Boring Batten

Tired race-baiting cliches. Cringingly weak jokes. Sounds like an internet commenter rather than a party leader. 1/10 for effort. The few staff members who still have anything to do with UKIP must be embarrassed at this poundshop Tommy Robinson.

UKIP Suspends Thugs Involved in Socialist Bookstore Rampage

UKIP has suspended three members, NEC member Elizabeth Jones, Luke Nash-Jones and Martin Costello, accusing them of being involved in the far-right rampage through a socialist bookstore in London on Saturday. Nash-Jones, the whiny, short, ginger beardy one, can be seen in the video of the incident above. The genius filming repeatedly shouts “Luke” at him, somewhat giving the game away. This lot have about one brain cell between them.

UPDATE: UKIP have cleared and reinstated Liz Jones.

Rising in the Polls Undead UKIP Terrifies Tories

UKIP which post-referendum was dormant is back from the dead, seeing its support rise from 3% to 8% in recent polls. Hardcore leavers don’t seem to have been put off by the alt-right turn the party has taken under Gerard Batten. The spoiler ramifications of this resurrection for Tory MPs with small majorities is an horrific nightmare for CCHQ. Zombie UKIP candidates with no hope of victory could still deprive Tory candidates of seats.

The prospect of Nigel Farage returning to the political stage and re-energising UKIP with a betrayal narrative with him as a De Gaulle type national saviour still seems far fetched to many pundits. Swing-seat Tory and Labour MPs will however dread the thought of Nigel back on BBC Question Time tub thumping…

Farage: I Will Return As UKIP Leader Unless Tories Stop Sellout

Nigel Farage is saying he will return as UKIP leader if Tory MPs don’t stop their Brexit sellout:

I never wanted a career in politics. I only ever wanted to stop the country I love being sucked further into a political and economic union which is most unnatural to the instincts of the majority of my fellow citizens. However, my own red line is that if Article 50 is suspended or delayed, I will have no choice but to resume campaigning in all parts of the United Kingdom. In March 2019, the current leader of Ukip, Gerard Batten, will reach the end of his term in office. Unless Brexit is back on track by then, I will have to seriously consider putting my name forward to return as Ukip leader. I never thought I would say that again, but the government’s sell-out leaves me with no choice. The latest Brexit betrayal must be reversed.

A warning to those Tory MPs worried about losing their seats…

New Brexit Blond Bombshell

What’s going on with Nigel’s hair? Think he’s been hanging out with Trump too much…

UPDATE: Farage allies deny he has been using a new product.

Farage to DUP?

Nigel Farage is in Belfast today attending a DUP fundraiser alongside Arron Banks. Banks didn’t rule out Farage doing an Enoch and defecting to the DUP:

“I would discount nothing, I would include nothing.”

Guido will believe it when they release the Brexit movie

UPDATE: As expected:

 

Godders Whips Out His Sword And Warns: “You’ll Get This”

Godfrey Bloom has warned burglars that should they break into his home in the middle of the night they will receive his sword. The former UKIP MEP was incensed over the arrest of an OAP last week who had, in Bloom’s words, “dispatched” (killed) an intruder. Don’t say you weren’t warned…

‘One Nation’ Leader Henry Bolton Surfaces on Fishing Trawler

Yesterday UKIP announced it won’t go bankrupt – contrary to predictions – after it raised £300,000 in donations to meet the costs of the Jane Collins lawsuit. The party also said a £175,000 legal bill had been met “by other means”. Nope, no idea either…

If upbeat new leader Gerard Batten is to be believed, UKIP’s roller coaster fortunes may once again be taking a turn for the better. The party says it has signed up 1,000 new members since Henry Bolton was ousted. Ambitious Batten wants to stand 740 candidates in May so that the party qualifies for a TV broadcast. Interm leader Batten is now expected to remain in place for at least a year rather than the 90 days mandated by the party’s rulebook. None of this answers the really important question. What’s Henry Bolton up to nowadays?

He’s on a skate fishing trawler off the Kent coast. In his first promo video since launching new one man party ‘One Nation’, Bolton is seen chatting to fishermen about EU regulations. The somewhat surreal video, posted on One Nation’s new YouTube channel (3 followers), includes staged shots of Bolton walking into a fishery, shaking hands and sitting on the trawler as workers throw fish back into the sea. There’s no sign of Jo Marney.

The logo needs some work…

UKIP Saved!

Leader Gerard Batten:

“I am very pleased to announce that my appeal to UKIP members to raise £100k to save the Party from insolvency has met with an incredibly generous response of almost £300k. In addition, the £175k legal bill has been paid by other means. UKIP is now safe.”

Is it worth it?

Farage Throws the Fish

It is Guido’s understanding that after Jacob Rees-Mogg announced he would not be throwing any fish yesterday, the whips succeeded in kiboshing plans for other Tory MPs to conduct the dumping. Nigel Farage offered to step in last night, at which point the Tory fishing contingent made clear they would not be on board at the same time as him. So, the vessel stopped down the river from parliament to pick up Nige, and he then flung the fish. At least one person is still willing to stand up for Britain’s fishermen…

Vid via @theousherwood

UKIP Must Raise £100,000 By End of Month or Go Bust

UKIP interim leader Gerard Batten told local members in Essex last night that the party must raise £100,000 by the end of March or it will go bust:

Remember UKIP need to find a hefty wedge to pay the costs of the Jane Collins libel trial, as well as hold another leadership election, oh, and fight the locals in May. Batten has sent a begging letter to branches trying to raise the money. Will anyone think it’s worth it?

Mark Reckless’ Website Taken Over By Japanese Smut

Former Kipper and Tory Welsh Assembly member Mark Reckless’s official website has transformed into a page of Japanese smut. His site MarkReckless.com, which he still lists as his official site on his Assembly member profile, now links to a purple webpage with text written in Japanese. Translated, it appears to recount various sex acts. For example MarkReckless.com now carries a link to

   “Play with big-breasted mother-in-law who does not stop”

His website was previously rather more sober. This snap from the good old days:

At least they kept the purple theme…

UPDATE: Reckless gets in touch: “I  demurred when asked for money to buy markreckless.com back previously, before it was made a Muslim dating site, and I suspect the amount they want has risen with its latest incarnation!”

Bolton and Marney in Car Crash Interview

Henry Bolton has said it was worth losing his job as UKIP leader over Jo Marney’s racist texts. During a car crash interview on ITV’s This Morning Philip Schofield said of the racist texter:

“You just don’t sound like a very nice person.”

Bolton today announced his resignation from UKIP, just days after he suggested he could stand again for the leadership after he was ousted in vote of the membership. Bye…

Bolton Sacked

Henry Bolton has been ousted as Ukip leader by party members. A vote today endorsed the no confidence decision of the NEC:
  • There were 1378 ballot papers
  • 11 were spoiled
  • 867 supported the motion of no confidence (63%)
  • 500 members backed Bolton (37%)

Gerard Batten was made interim leader. The party will now have its fourth leadership election since the EU referendum. Bolton became leader just 142 days ago.

Guido caught up with Bolton shortly after he learnt of his fate:
This afternoon’s EGM saw the bitter divisions in the party played out in front of an estimated 2000 Kippers who gathered at the ICC in Birmingham. Bolton accused an “enemy within” of working to undermine him by means of smear campaign. Party Secretary Paul Oakley told the room Bolton threatened legal action earlier this week in an effort to try to stop the EGM taking place. Sources said Bolton later reiterated that threat during the meeting and was booed. A particularly scathing speech from Steve Crowther tore into Bolton’s record as leader and accused him of lying on his CV. Kippers leaving the meeting told Guido that Bolton failed to address the Jo Marney scandal in his speech…

UKIP’s Last EGM Was So Bad Someone Died

Kippers and hacks decamp to Birmingham tomorrow for the crunch EGM that will determine Henry Bolton’s fate. Senior Kippers say Henry could yet triumph. There has been a move on to line up Gerard Batten as interim leader in anticipation that the membership will back the NEC’s no confidence vote. Guido hears more than 1,500 UKIP members are set to attend. Jo Marney is still suspended so can’t enter the meeting itself. But will she come to Brum with Bolton to provide moral support?

Worth casting your mind back to UKIP’s last extraordinary general meeting, held in January 2000. Nigel Farage’s book Fighting Bull contains a vivid description of its apocalyptic political carnage, recounting how the meeting was close to descending into violence. One party member had a fatal heart attack and was evacuated by paramedics. Nigel wrote:

“It was held at Westminster Central Hall on 22 January 2000. Some 900 members attended… The crowd roared and wept and shook fists and sheaves of papers. Every speaker was shouted down. I have never, before or since, attended a meeting so constantly close to eruption into violence. One member of the audience suffered a fatal heart attack.

“I too was by now close to tears. Everything for which I had fought and worked was being ripped apart by self-seeking factionalism and idiotic pride. The people now walking out, maybe forever, they mattered. The ordinary advocates of decency and freedom who had sacrificed a precious day off to come up here from Suffolk, Devon, Yorkshire they mattered, not the vainglorious morons up there squabbling for position and power.”

What could go wrong…

High Court Orders UKIP to Pay Share of Labour Libel Costs

UKIP has been ordered to pay a share of the £670,000 costs of the Jane Collins libel case after their MEP accused Labour MPs of involvement in the Rotherham abuse scandal:

“The Court therefore makes an order that UKIP should pay the claimants’ costs from 20 March 2015 to 23 June 2015 and their costs of the assessment hearing.”

Only a share of the total cost, but still going to be tricky for the cash-strapped party to pay…

UPDATE: Labour source says UKIP share of legal costs is estimated at £200,000. Potentially fatal for the party if so…

UPDATE II: UKIP lawyers say they think it will be closer to £20,000. Labour still adamant the party owes £200,000.

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…

“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.

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