Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Tory donor Arron Banks makes £1m donation to UKIP

Conservative donor Arron Banks has switched his allegiance to UKIP today and donated £1m to the party.

Banks was planning to present Nigel Farage with a cheque for £100k until William Hague responded to the news by calling him "a nobody". So he instead decided to make it a £1m donation!

UKIP's National Treasurer, Andrew Reid, has written a personal letter of thanks to William Hague for his fundraising efforts for UKIP and offered him the job of Deputy Treasurer and honorary membership of UKIP when he retires from front bench politics next year.
Dear Mr Hague,

In the first instance I would like to thank you for your efforts in raising funds for the UKIP cause. It is clear to me that your fundraising ability deserves formal recognition and I would like to offer you the role of Deputy Treasurer on or before your forthcoming retirement from front bench politics.

However to do this, requires you to be a member of the Party, but in your case, as you have raised such a substantial sum for the party, I have spoken with Mr Farage and he has authorised me to offer you honorary membership in recognition of your efforts in securing funds for our party.

I look forward to seeing you at many party events.

Kind regards,

Yours sincerely,

Andrew Reid
UKIP National Treasurer

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Bill Cash Jr defects to UKIP

The son of Conservative MP, Bill Cash, has joined UKIP and been appointed Heritage spokesman.

Bill Cash Jr owns business and finance magazine, Spears and is a heritage consultant for the British government and other organisations. Like his MP father, Bill Cash Snr, he has been a long time critic of the EU but unlike his father he has decided to do something about it rather than propping up the most europhile Tory government since Ted Heath.

Tories threaten potential defectors with character assassination

The Conservative Party have issued a warning to any Tories thinking of defecting to UKIP that they will face character assassination by the whips.

The openness of the threat to orchestrate a smear campaign against anyone defecting to UKIP is quite unprecedented and shows how desperate the Tories are to stem the tide of defections. It might put off some people but in reality it is likely to convince wavering defectors that the Tories really are the nasty party.

Former Conservative Deputy Mayor of London defects to UKIP

Boris Johnson's former right hand man, Richard Barnes, is the latest Conservative defector to UKIP.

The former Deputy Mayor of London said that the Tories, Labour and the Lib Dems don't speak the language of normal people and that only UKIP has the right answers on immigration, HS2, Heathrow expansion and the EU.
There seems to be a detachment from ordinary people’s lives in the Westminster Village.

The parties just don’t seem to relate and talk the language of normal people.

Ken Clarke and Boris Johnson: UKIP voters are elderly men with disappointing lives who have sex with vacuum cleaners

Shortly after Conservative MP, David Davies, warned against insulting UKIP voters, Ken Clarke and Boris Johnson both launched attacks on UKIPpers.

Ken Clarke said that UKIP voters are largely "elderly male people who have had disappointing lives". The elderly male MP who has had a disappointing life said that he wasn't surprised that Douglas Carwell and Mark Reckless had defected to UKIP and was surprised that they hadn't joined UKIP before. Membership of UKIP's youth wing, Young Independence, has more than doubled this year.

Boris Johnson also said that Conservatives defecting to UKIP are "utterly bonkers" and are the type of people who go to hospital with injuries from having sex with vacuum cleaners. He then went on to suggest that Nigel Farage should join the europhile Conservative Party and campaign to stay in the EU with David Cameron.

Labour Mayor of Hartlepool in trouble again

The Labour Mayor Hartlepool is at the centre of more controversy after local radio station Radio Hartlepool reported him to the police and the council for his behaviour.

Cllr Stephen Akers-Belcher was sacked from his day job as a team leader for Newcastle City Council's Community Mental Health team earlier in the month for gross misconduct and is currently appealing that decision. Now Radio Hartlepool have reported him for what appears to be exerting undue influence over the station not to criticise either the Labour Party or himself. Very few details have been made public but Cllr Akers-Belcher told the Hartlepool Mail from his holiday in Mexico with the leader of the council (his civil partner, Cllr Christopher Akers-Belcher) that his only contact with the station was to tell them not to be political.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Preston Conservatives choose 20 year old election virgin to run their election campaign!

Preston Conservatives have elected a 20 year old parish councillor who has never voted in a general election as their chairman.

Cllr Daniel Dewhurst wasn't even old enough to vote in the last general election but he will spearhead the Tory election campaign in Preston aiming to get the first Tory elected in the city for 42 years by overturning Labour's 7,733 majority and seeing off a challenge from UKIP.

Who are Clacton voters backing next week?

Tory activist and half of Guido Fawkes, Harry Cole, went to Clacton with a video camera to find out who people there are intending to vote for. I don't think he was expecting not to find a single person intending to vote Conservative ...

Two Teignbridge Conservatives resign to sit as independents

Two Conservative councillors in Devon have resigned from the party and are now sitting as independents.

Teignbridge District councillors Joan Lambert and Lorraine Evans have left the Conservatives saying they couldn't represent the people that elected them whilst remaining members of the party. It means that Conservatives now run a minority administration with 22 out of 46 councillors.

This is a common thing with councillors leaving both the Conservatives and Labour who whip their elected representatives right down to the lowest level, preventing them from representing the interests of their local area if it conflicts with party policy. This is one of the biggest differences with UKIP - we have no whip at any level and all UKIP elected representatives from MEPs down to parish councillors are expected to do what they think is right, not what the party tells them to do.

Rochester Conservatives organise fake protest against Mark Reckless

Members of Rochester Conservatives organised a fake protest against Mark Reckless in Rochester yesterday with members falsely claiming to be ordinary residents or representatives of residents groups.

Channel 4 reporter Michael Crick became suspicious of all the people suddenly slagging Reckless off until one Conservative activist let the cat out of the bag and told him they were all Conservatives, including the person claiming to be the chairman of Rochester Residents' Association who said that Reckless is a drunk.

Nigel Farage's opponent in South Thanet, Craig Mackinlay, was also present at this failed attempt to mislead the media and presumably helped to organise it. Prospective MPs usually save the lies and deceit for after they've been elected, Mackinlay seems to be bucking that trend.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Mark Reckless' defection speech in full

Vi Hong La's first ever public speech

Former Labour supporter Vi Hong La makes his first ever public speech. He did it in front of 2,000 people and live TV cameras!

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Conservative Minister resigns over sex scandal

The Conservative Party conference starts tomorrow and it should have been a triumphal moment for Dave. His personal ratings are moderately acceptable, Labour are getting some stick over the child abuse cover-up in Rotherham and he's got some stuff to blow up in Iraq.

Now he's going into conference with the news not just of Mark Reckless MP's defection to UKIP but the resignation of the Conservative Minister for Civil Society, Brooks Newmark MP, who has been caught sending explicit photos of himself to women on the internet.

Let's spare a thought for poor Dave having to tell the party faithful tomorrow that they've lost another MP to UKIP and a Minister has had to resign because of a sex scandal. It's not easy being the most unpopular Conservative Party leader since Margaret Thatcher.

The moment Mark Reckless MP defected to UKIP

I'm guessing that this isn't what Dave wanted to see on Sky News the day before the Conservative Party conference ...

Douglas Carswell: It's great to be part of UKIP

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