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FOX NEWS CHANNEL SIGNS FORMER UK INDEPENDENCE PARTY LEADER NIGEL FARAGE TO CONTRIBUTOR ROLE

NEW YORK — JANUARY 20, 2017— FOX News Channel (FNC) has signed former United Kingdom Independence Party Leader (UKIP) Nigel Farage as a contributor. In this role, he will offer political analysis across FNC and FOX Business Network’s (FBN) daytime and primetime programming.

Nige makes it big in the US…

CONFIRMED: Nuttall Running in Stoke

On Wednesday Guido revealed Paul Nuttall was minded to run in the Stoke by-election, today his team confirm he’s thrown his hat in. He will almost certainly be confirmed as UKIP’s candidate tomorrow morning. Big call, and the news Labour didn’t want…

UKIP Out-NHS Labour in Copeland

Labour have made much of their Copeland candidate Gill Troughton’s NHS links, billing her as a doctor and surgeon. Well, sort of. According to her LinkedIn profile Troughton was a junior doctor at Kent and Canturbury Hospital for eight months in 1991, then a junior surgical doctor at Frimley Park Hospital for another seven months until February 1992. After that she gave up the medical profession for a career as a school governor and councillor, though she has been a St John’s Ambulance volunteer since 2012. There is no Gillian Troughton in the General Medical Council’s list of Registered Medical Practitioners. Not quite the lifelong NHS career they’d have you think.

UKIP have trumped Troughton with their own candidate Fiona Mills, who has worked for the NHS for 24 years, most recently as an accountant where she “worked closely with clinicians to try to deliver quality services for patients and value for money for taxpayers”. Not exactly a nurse, though at least she’s worked in the NHS for more than a few months. Obvious why both parties are claiming strong NHS credentials, the local Keswick Hospital is a key issue for Copeland voters…

Nuttall’s Friends Tell Him to Stand in Stoke

Friends of Paul Nuttall are intimating that he is minded to stand in the Stoke-on-Trent by-election. He is certainly being told by senior Kippers, both those on his team and Farage supporters, that he must run. In the ‘pros’ column, Nuttall is said to see it as a chance to quickly seize the narrative, carve out a vision for UKIP under his leadership and keep the party relevant following Theresa May’s speech yesterday. In the ‘cons’ column, the seat will be tough to win – Labour are the bookies’ favourites and their by-election machine is formidable. He’ll inevitably have to deal with cries that he bottled it if he doesn’t run. The UKIP candidate is expected to be chosen by the NEC either tomorrow or on Friday. Official announcement Saturday 11am…

Labour MP’s Awkward Gaffe Attacking Grieving UKIP Councillor

Labour MP John Healey is poking fun at his opponents on the campaign trail in Dinnington, where he claims the “UKIP councillor walked away from his job”. Well, sort of. Cllr Ian Finnie resigned last month, explaining that he no longer wanted to take public money for a job he could not devote himself to following tragic family circumstances:

“the loss of two of my very close brothers this year and another with serious health issues has taken its toll on me and my family. My full time time job is also a factor and my own constant illnesses in and out of hospital are too… I feel that I cannot give enough time to fulfil my duties expected of me. I will not claim public money for a role that I cannot give enough time to.”

Guido will give Healey the benefit of the doubt and say presumably he didn’t know about all this. Though he has been repeatedly informed on Twitter and has decided not to clarify, which is a bit off. The pitfalls of tweeting before thinking.

UKIP Write to Honours Committee Requesting Knighthood for Farage

UKIP leader Paul Nuttall and three of the party’s peers have written to the Cabinet Office Honours and Appointments committee to argue that a knighthood for Nigel Farage is “in the national interest”. The Kippers’ case is that Nigel did “more than anyone else” to secure the EU referendum and made a “very substantial” contribution to the result. They say his relationship with Donald Trump means he has since “become a figure of international significance”, and also cite his charity work.

Honours and Appointments,
The Cabinet Office,
1 Horse Guards

London SW1A ZHQ. 6th January,2017

For kind attention Ms Alison Bennett

Dear Sirs,

We write to recommend a Knighthood for Nigel Farage.

After taking back the UKIP leadership in 2010, he built it into a party which won the last EU Elections, and for which 3.8 million people voted in last year’s General Election. This amounted to 12.6% of the votes cast, or one third of those received by the successful Conservative Party.

More than anyone else he provoked the recent referendum on EU membership, and his contribution to the result was very substantial.

0n 21st August 2016 Lord Pearson wrote to the Prime Minister suggesting that Mr. Farage should have been offered a peerage. This was an error, because he would not actually accept a peerage now, as he wants to see out this EU Parliament, and could not take a seat in the Lords while remaining in that Parliament.

He has since become a figure of international significance, thanks to his support for President-Elect Donald Trump during his campaign for the Republican leadership. He and Mr. Trump enjoy a good personal relationship, which is likely to endure.

As to work outside politics, he gave up what would undoubtedly have been a lucrative City career to build UKIP, which has been a very full time job over the years. He has however given his time to many charity events, when people donate to a charity to have a meal with him or hear him speak. We do not have a record of the amount so raised, but it must be substantial.

We would be happy to answer any questions the Committee might have, and trust they agree that a Knighthood would now be appropriate. We suggest that it would also be in the national interest.

Signed

Malcolm Pearson (UKIP Leader, House of Lords).
Paul Nuttall (UKIP Leader).
David Stevens of Ludgate (UKIP, House of Lords).
David Willoughby de Broke (UKIP, House of Lords).

Undoubted that Farage deserves recognition for his contribution to British politics over the last 20 years…

Neil Hamilton Endears Himself to His Constituents

How is Neil Hamilton getting on as leader of UKIP in Wales? A politician you could never accuse of being out-of-touch, Hamilton this week announced he is opening a new office in his constituency. Unfortunately Team Neil spelt the name of the town and county wrong in the press release. Not once. Not twice. Not thrice. But four times.

“People wanting to know more about the party and speak to either Neil Hamilton or his advisors will be able to do so at Whitlands (sic) Town Hall, in Whitlands (sic), Camarthenshire (sic) from Monday January 16… Neil has been busy planning where to site an office in his constituency and is delighted that he is now being able to open one in the town of Whitlands (sic)”.

Aides blamed computer issues for the faux pas. Fel rhech mewn pot jam…

Farage v Brendan Cox

The LBC interview they’re all talking about this morning…

UKIP Spin Shuffle: Farage Gets New Comms Chief

Changes behind the scenes in Nigel Farage’s top team: his no nonsense head of media Michael Heaver is departing to set up a new media venture and make the case for UKIP on TV. He will be replaced by up-and-comer Dan Jukes, who previously worked on the digital side of things.[…] Read the rest

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Expensive Lunch With Farage

Never let it be said that Guido doesn’t keep his word. His bet against Trump had to be settled. Lunch was no PFL – only a two bottler of a reasonable premier grand cru – Guido had to catch a flight and Nigel is doing Question Time tonight.[…] Read the rest

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Core Labour Vote There For UKIP’s Taking

A report out this morning from the National Centre for Social Research gives weight to the theory that Labour’s core vote is there for UKIP’s taking. 70% of voters in local authority rented homes voted Leave, as did 68% of those in housing association accommodation.[…] Read the rest

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UKIP By-Election Effort Lacking, Again

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Whether or not UKIP is successful in making inroads in the north is very much dependent on whether the party professionalises and gets a proper election machine together. It would help if they got the name of the constituency right on the banner behind Nigel on live TV.[…] Read the rest

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Suzanne Evans Meeting With Top Tory MEP Tonight

The EyeSpy.MP Twitter account has chanced upon an intriguing meeting between Suzanne Evans and the Tories’ main man in Brussels Syed Kamall, which took place just hours after the UKIP leadership announcement. […] Read the rest

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Suzanne Loses £5,000 Deposit

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The UKIP leadership contest was costly for Suzanne Evans: she unfortunately fell just short of the 20% needed to keep her £5,000 deposit. Added to the £5,000 she owed UKIP this summer, that means the party will have asked her for ten grand in the last few months.[…] Read the rest

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Nuttall Attacks Labour IRA Sympathisers: “I Want to Replace the Labour Party”


Northern Labour MPs are already tweeting panicky slap-dash attacks on Nuttall’s old views on the NHS. It’s not enough and betrays how scared they now are…[…] Read the rest

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Paul Nuttall Wins UKIP Leadership

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Paul Nuttall has won the UKIP leadership ballot and will replace Nigel Farage as UKIP leader, beating Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans.

Paul Nuttall – 9622 votes 62.6%
Suzanne Evans – 2973 votes 19.3%
John Rees-Evans–  2775 votes 18.1%

Rees-Evans almost managed to beat Suzanne Evans into third place despite being almost completely unknown before the contest.[…] Read the rest

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