Steven Woolfe Collapses in European Parliament

According to reports Steven Woolfe has collapsed in the European Parliament. ITV say he is being tended to by medics. Everyone at Guido wishes him a speedy recovery.

UPDATE: UKIP say he has been taken to hospital.

UPDATE II: According to Nigel Farage, Woolfe was involved in an “altercation” and his condition is “serious“. There are reports he was punched by a UKIP colleague.

UPDATE III: Sky News and the Telegraph report Woolfe has “bleeding on the brain”.

Kassam Running For UKIP Leader

Nigel Farage’s former top aide Raheem Kassam has entered the race for UKIP leader, Guido can reveal. A website called MakeUKIPGreatAgain.com has been set up by Kassam’s campaign team, and he tells Guido:

“I, like ordinary UKIP members, am so tired of the chicanery at the top of this party. There is so much corruption. There is so much duplicity. There are so many people shaking hands with one another and then knifing them in private. It has to stop.

I’m clear about what I stand for: a strong, united UKIP, free of the Tory splitters. I want this party to continue to be the driving force behind Brexit. I want us to address the deep cultural and social divides in this country. I want us to champion causes like Justice for Marine A and tackle the scourge of Islamism in our schools, prisons, and communities. I want us to become the real opposition and put this feckless Labour Party to bed.

UKIP has a positive future in a sovereign Britain, but it won’t happen unless someone with some courage and willpower does something about the internal fractures. I want to Make UKIP Great Again.”

Raheem, a recently renewed UKIP member as of two months ago, says he is running for leader but is open to offers to be a credible candidate’s deputy too. Can Trump cope without him?

Woolfe Considered Defecting to Tories

Guido understands Steven Woolfe seriously considered defecting to the Tories this weekend, before it emerged Diane James was standing down. Woolfe met with several top Tories over the last few weeks and was close to agreeing to join the party. It is understood that David Davis and Patrick McLoughlin were involved in trying to woo him over. Woolfe admits in a statement:

“I have been enthused by the start to Theresa May’s premiership. Her support of new grammar schools, her words on social mobility and the growing evidence that she is committed to a clean Brexit prompted me, as it did many of my friends and colleagues, to wonder whether our future was within her new Conservative Party.”

What was it about the vacancy at the top of UKIP that made him change his mind?

Steven Woolfe Will Stand For UKIP Leadership

UKIP’s Steven Woolfe has just confirmed on Sky News that he is standing for the leadership. He attacked the National Executive Committee describing it as “no longer fit for purpose” because it prevented him from standing in the last election and disputed the fact that he got his papers in late. Woolfe praised Diane James for her “incredibly brave move” to stand down for family reasons and hinted that she had been facing opposition from the NEC. Papers Please…

Nigel Is Back!

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The Electoral Commission have confirmed that Diane James never officially became UKIP leader as there were ‘issues’ with the signing of the leadership form. Apparently she added “V.C.” to the signature which stands for “Vi coactus” or “under duress”. All this means that Nigel never left. He told the BBC today that he would stay on as interim leader joking “I keep trying to escape… and before I’m finally free they drag me back“. Could the party be over for Carswell?

Diane James Quitting

dianeUKIP are refusing to deny that Diane James is quitting as leader after just two weeks in the job. Guido understands that family reasons are a factor, she told the party at the weekend that she wanted to stand down – they thought they had convinced her to stay but now it appears a decision has been taken. Nutall and Woolfe will be the frontrunners. Make sure you get your nomination papers in on time…


UKIP Gives Taxpayers 52% Rebate

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After winning 3.9 million votes and just one seat, UKIP was entitled to £619,128 of Short Money last year. Their sole MP Douglas Carswell refused to take the full amount, sparking a bitter row with Nigel Farage, and irritating those in party HQ who had to find the money to pay staff wages. Something that did not always happen.

Admirably Carswell believes it is wrong to have too much taxpayer-funded politics. So on that basis UKIP is returning £322,441 of the entitlement back to the taxpayer. That is a 52% rebate to the taxpayer…

The largest area of expenditure for the UKIP parliamentary resource unit was naturally on staff salaries, pensions and NI contributions. For the money the PRU published policy papers, conducted research into upcoming legislation and prepared written parliamentary questions – as well as producing videos.

Last year to help with the deficit George Osborne tried to cut the total Short Money bill by 28%, in the end Labour beat that down to a real terms 5% cut. However since then most of the Shadow Cabinet has resigned, meaning their many attendant staff also lost their jobs. Labour will therefore have a significant underspend this year. How much of the £6 million budget given this year to Labour will be rebated to the taxpayer?

Suzanne Evans Reinstated to UKIP

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Guido hears Suzanne Evans’ suspension from UKIP has expired and she has been reinstated to the party. Of course they are all being very Ukippy about it – new leader Diane James publicly described Suzanne as a “woman scorned” and the party say she still owes them £5,000 after her failed attempt to sue them and they expect her to pay up. Welcome back…

UPDATE: On the £5,000 debt Suzanne says “They only sent the bill very recently” and “I’m still waiting for a proper fee note of work done as requested”.

Friday Caption Contest (Kiss Me UKIP Edition)

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Diane James New UKIP Leader

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Congratulations, Diane was the best woman for the job. Only Labour and the LibDems have never had a female leader…

UPDATE: Guido’s impression of Diane – having spent a little time with her – is that she is for UKIP uncharacteristically level-headed and means business.[…] Read the rest

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Farage: “We’ve Won the War, Now We Have to Win the Peace”

Nigel Farage tells UKIP conference: “We did it! We got our country back”:

“We’ve brought down a Prime Minister, and got rid of the Chancellor…”

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Another Top Kipper Defects to Tories

A second top Kipper has defected to the Tories in two days, just as UKIP conference gets underway in Bournemouth. Alexandra Phillips, who used to be an aide to Nigel Farage and was head of media at the party’s HQ, says it is “time to go home”.[…] Read the rest

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Top Kipper Defects to Tories Live on Air

Former UKIP party director Steve Stanbury, who has been a major behind the scenes figure for the Kippers for years, has just defected to the Tories live on the Daily Politics. He says UKIP has achieved what it set out to do and the Tories are now best placed to deliver Brexit…[…] Read the rest

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UKIP Conference Choir

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UKIP’s party conference in Bournemouth will end with a performance by the “UKIP Choir”. Guido is told that the budding sopranos, altos and tenors will be “multi-ability” – think the sort of against-the-odds transformation from tone deaf to passable that BBC viewers have seen with choirmaster Gareth Malone.[…] Read the rest

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UKIP’s Got Talent

The Daily Politics does UKIP’s Got Talent. Or not, judging by this showing.[…] Read the rest

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New Green Leader Says UKIP are Fascists

New Green co-leader Jonathan Bartley is a complete non-entity, so it was important for him to make a good first impression on today’s Daily Politics. Would the smug former Tory take a more moderate, sensible tone? Nope, he said UKIP are “fascist” and compared them to the Nazis.[…] Read the rest

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