You are viewing blog items for October 2013.
posted by: . | on: Friday, 25 October 2013, 12:15
THE UKIP candidate accused of falsifying signatures on electoral papers has been summoned to appear before Isle of Wight magistrates.
Police today (Wednesday) confirmed a 51-year-old man, understood to be UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins, of Fairmount Drive, Newport, had been issued with a summons to attend court next Friday, November 1.
A police spokesman said: "He is accused under the Representation of the People Act 1983 of causing or permitting six false signatures on local government nomination papers between March and April 2013 for use in an Isle of Wight Council election.
"The summons to court follows an investigation by Isle of Wight CID with support and advice from the Crown Prosecution Service.
"The 51-year-old man agreed to be voluntarily interviewed under caution by police on April 28, 2013. He was not arrested."
Posted: 25 Oct 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Tom Moseley | on: Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 00:43
A Ukip candidate has criticised the "stiff upper-lipped" political class for complaining when he tweeted an obscene photo of a naked man and a woman.
Dean Perks posted the picture, showing a woman leading a man along a pavement by his privates, as "banter" with a friend who was "under the thumb", he said.
After a local Labour politician complained, Perks, who is standing in next year's council election and running for Parliament in 2015, said it showed a lack of a sense of humour.
"The trouble with our politicians is they are so stiff upper-lipped, there's no sense of humour there," he told HuffPost UK.
"We're just normal working class people standing up for what we believe in."
Perks hit the headlines earlier this year when he praised Sharia Law and suggested thieves should have their hands cut off.
Asked about this, he said he did agree that prevention of crime was better than the cure, and said someone with their hands cut off "would not steal".
But he said he did not want to see a change in the British law.
Posted: 23 Oct 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Asa Bennett | on: Friday, 18 October 2013, 19:43
Godfrey Bloom knows how to be blunt.
Bloom dismissing sending international aid to "Bongo Bongo Land", at another point he joked that women "don't clean behind the fridge enough".
For a man who lives by the quip, Bloom's political career was derailed at the UKIP conference after jokingly calling a roomful of women "sluts".
In his new autobiography, 'Guinea A Minute', Bloom is just as trenchant in his comments on life, politics and the big issues.
HuffPost UK has managed to whittle down Bloom's observations to just 15 of his most trenchant insights.
Bloom fumes about the smoking ban, especially in places like private members clubs
- "The maniacal anti smoking Adolf Hitler I suggest would not dare, had he won the war in 1945, to invoke such a rule on English gentlemen"
Bloom's thoughts on meeting "horsey women"
- "You bump into them, impress them with your ginger nuts (Prince Harry willl know what I mean) and they want to get you in the saddle."
Bloom on how 'right-wing' Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson really is
- "Secretly he is always sipping chardonnay with Samantha Cameron in Chipping Norton discussing curtains and recipes"
Bloom's thoughts on Bill Clinton's sex scandal with Monica Lewinsky
- "It matters not what he got up to in the Oval Office, one might argue nice work if you can get it"
Bloom on the public mourning after Princess Diana's death in 1997
- "Weeping and bawling reminiscent of an Arab nation at a state funeral where the culture demands heart on sleeve behaviour on such occasions. That the British had come to this made me deeply embarrassed... I sincerely hope never to see the like of it again"
Bloom on anti-hunt protesters
- "The foam flecked, snarling, class warrior, bed sit dwellers who sit knitting balaclavas and surfing porn on the net"
Bloom on Tories
- "The DNA of a banana is frighteningly similar to the DNA of a rural Conservative"
How Bloom would improve the calibre of politicians
- "I would also make it illegal for any MP or MEP to take their seats without five years genuine comercial experience."
How Bloom would sort out the voting system
- "Give the vote to a slightly more discerning, informed and appropriate electorate....the fact that you have a birth certificate which can prove you are over eighteen is not the best criterion to judge whether you are fit to elect an administration".
Bloom on the BBC
- "The BBC trustees, their director generals, their presenters and the producers are broadly hostile to the United Kingdom. No one would ever accuse them of patriotism."
Bloom's suggestion to improve NHS waiting times
- "If everybody had to pay a crisp £5 note for the benefit of an appointment, only returnable if the visit was actuallly merited, you would find that you could cut waiting times and the numbers in waiting rooms and free up doctors to actually help people who have a serious problem."
Bloom on Politicians
- "Politicians are smooth talking sociopaths"
Bloom's advice for people thinking of visiting Thailand
- "Watch out...that pretty dancing girl has probably got meat and two veg where you are trying to stuff the dollar bills"
Bloom's review of the Buenos Aires Alvear Palace Hotel:
- "Vodka martinis to die for (and you do) Tango, crumpet and a girl who stands by the lift multi lingual and glamorous to indicate which one is available with the flourish of a Paul Daniels side kick'
Bloom's account of being rescued after a horse-riding accident:
- "I came off yet again and knocked myself out. When I came round there was a bevy of beauties clustered about dismounted and mopping my brow. I was beginning to see why strapping explosives to yourself has some allure for those of that persuasion; I had clearly gone 'upwards'."
Posted: 18 Oct 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Adam Richards | on: Thursday, 17 October 2013, 20:57
UKIP’S only Basingstoke councillor, who was caught up in a row over whether he quit the party, did in fact email his resignation, it has emerged.
But despite the evidence showing what he did, Councillor Stephen West, UKIP ward member for Tadley Central, still maintains he never actually left the party.
A widely circulated email, seen by The Gazette, shows that Cllr West emailed party bosses on September 19, at 11.55am, to ask them to accept his resignation.
The email, addressed to Hampshire UKIP group leader Ray Finch, and UKIP South East regional organiser Steve Harris, said: “Can you please accept my resignation from the party and forward this email to Head Office so that my membership can be cancelled.”
As reported in last Thurs-day’s Gazette, right, details of Cllr West’s resignation request, which came almost a year after he defected from the Tory party to UKIP, emerged 11 days later when they were confirmed by UKIP Basingstoke chairman Alan Stone, and John Bentham, chairman of Cllr West’s North West Hampshire branch.
However, hours after the story was reported by The Gazette, on basingstokegazette.co.uk/news, Cllr West “categorically denied” ever resigning from the party, and branded the allegations as a “smear campaign” against him.
This week, Cllr West has maintained his stance that he did not resign. Referring to the resignation email, he said: “That was dealt with the same day. It never went any further. Anybody who has made anything more of it is making mischief.
“I would have issued a press release – that didn’t happen. I would have tweeted it – that didn’t happen.
“Yes there was an internal email, yes it was resolved, and no, effectively I didn’t resign from the party. Yes, there was an intent, but it never actually happened.”
When questioned as to why the two branch chairman were under the impression he had left the party, weeks after the issue was supposedly resolved, Cllr West said he did not know.
He said: “I don’t know what had gone on and what discussions were had because I had not seen or had any conversations with them at the time, because I had been out of town occupied with business-related stuff. It had not been on my radar...I thought it had been resolved.”
Despite the row, Cllr West said he remains a UKIP councillor and is on good terms with local UKIP branch chairmen.
He added: “It’s business as usual at least for me, and business as usual for me and Alan (Stone) and John (Bentham).”
Posted: 17 Oct 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Gareth Davies | on: Wednesday, 16 October 2013, 21:19
The leader of UKIP in Croydon says parts of the north of the borough are becoming "ghettos" of segregated communities where people refuse to learn English.
Branch chairman Peter Staveley said the council should stop translating documents into "umpteen different languages" in order to force immigrants to learn English.
Nero Ughwujabo, chief executive of Croydon Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) Forum, accused him of "talking rubbish" and said the borough's diversity was one its "greatest strengths".
Mr Staveley, who is to stand in Addiscombe in next year's local elections, was responding to a YouGov poll which found 80 per cent of Ukip supporters are "uncomfortable" with the number of ethnic minorities living in Britain.
"I'm not particularly uncomfortable but what I am uncomfortable about is when immigrants come into the country and do not properly integrate themselves into the community," he said.
"In effect you create ghettos where immigrants of a particular ethnicity happen to be trying to live."
When asked whether there were "ghettos" in the north of the borough, where there are large ethnic minority communities, he said: "To a certain extent. I wouldn't describe it as that at the moment, but it's getting that way.
"A ghetto is where English isn't spoken as a day-to-day language. That's what I would class as being unfortunate.
"By definition those people who have come to this country to better themselves are not integrating properly with the community because they can't speak the language.
"If too many people come from the same country too quickly then quite naturally they would tend to live and work with their colleagues rather than getting to know the people who were there before.
"A lot of them in Croydon North have been here some time and therefore they have fully integrated. I think the problem is when people come from particularly eastern Europe and they don't bother learning English. They do cause problems."
Mr Staveley, who is responsible for organising Ukip in Croydon Central and South constituencies, said one solution would be to make it harder to get by without speaking English.
"We can save money by not translating everything the council produces into umpteen different languages," he said.
"Everything should be produced in English so as a general rule people who don't understand English would be at a disadvantage and that would encourage them to learn."
Mr Ughwujabo described Mr Staveley's views as the "usual sensationalism we have come to expect from Ukip".
He said: "I don't know of any single community in Croydon where individuals isolate themselves from the rest of society, deliberately or otherwise.
"There are some elderly people I know for whom it's difficult to learn English because of their age. So there are individuals who would fall into that category but not intentionally.
"Croydon is quite a diverse borough and there is no place that is closed to anyone. Its diversity is one of its biggest strengths. There are significant issues in the north of the borough which need to be addressed, such as the state of the streets and the continued building of flats in areas which are already densely populated.
"Those would be concerns that put pressure on those areas but they are not, in any way, becoming ghettos."
Posted: 16 Oct 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Elisabeth Pop | on: Friday, 11 October 2013, 12:08
Since the beginning of the year UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, has been gifted the right of "expert status" in most of the UK's media outlets.
If the topic is immigration and in particular Romanian and Bulgarian immigration to the UK, or the question whether the UK should leave the EU, Farage is one, if not the only guest, invited to almost every current affairs programme. He is also regularly asked to provide commentary in most newspapers. But the real question is; why is he so rarely challenged on accuracy or content?
On Sunday, Nigel Farage, appeared on the BBC's Andrew Marr programme and was left unchallenged when he claimed that we are already swamped with “Romanian criminals” and that “We are opening the door to more Romanian criminals”.
Instead of being asked, where his evidence comes from, or how many Romanian nationals living in UK does he classify as “criminals” and if he knows what percentage of the total Romanian population residing in the UK have been convicted if any crime, or on what he bases his allegation that many of the citizens living in Romania are “criminals desperately waiting to invade Britain”, his statements were reinforced by the question: “Do you feel you can’t do anything as we are part of the ECHR (European Court of Human Rights)?”.
Yet again it is a mainstream media institution, not a tabloid newspaper, which gave Nigel Farage the platform to spread misinformation on the issue of immigration and scaremongering about Romanian and Bulgarian nationals.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, the Ministers for Europe and Crime Prevention along with the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee and the Speaker of the House of Commons have all on at least one occasion stressed that Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants contribute three times more to the British economy than they take out and the overwhelming majority make a valuable contribution to British society.
UKIP leaflets, delivered before the local elections in May, focused mainly on the claim that 29million Bulgarians and Romanians will make use of their right to come to this country from next January. Since then he has diluted that claim, saying he never expected all those 29 million to invade (In fact there are only slightly more than 27 million people living in the two EU country according to their respective 2011 census), but stressed that there are up to four million Romanian and Bulgarian Roma who “live like animals” and are excluded from their society. The subtext to this is very clear: Britain should brace itself for a mass invasion of Eastern European Roma who cannot wait to “move to a civilised country”.
Not only are such claims left unchallenged, they are regularly quoted in the tabloid press next to statements made by the Home Office saying "Border staff have the power to refuse entry to EU nationals on the grounds of public policy, public security or public health"
Nigel Farage, speaking at his party’s conference in London, vowed to put the expected influx of Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants to Britain from January at the heart of the UKIP’s campaign for next year’s European elections. What got far less media coverage is the fact that the Romanian ambassador to the UK, Dr Ion Jinga, wrote a detailed comeback, saying that there is a 7.9% criminal conviction rate amongst the Romanian population living in the UK, that is if every conviction represented a different person, but, as it is the case with criminals of every nationality, there are many cases where one offender gets multiple convictions, bringing the true rate down. Dr Jinga also stressed that most of the offences were not serious, with 64 per cent for theft and petty crimes.
The Home Secretary, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May MP, on Sunday challenged the scaremongering claims that London is facing a Romanian crime wave and made it clear that the level of crime by foreign nationals in the capital is directly in line with their representation in the population. Her comments came one week after the head of Europol stressed that there will be no significant increase in the threat from Romanian criminal gangs when labour market restrictions in Britain on Romanians and Bulgarians are lifted in January 2014.
Nigel Farage is quite correct when he says he is “changing the face of British politics”. He is making immigrant baiting and the spreading of myths and stereotypes pass as mainstream discourse.
Mr.Farage and his party might have been dismissed by the three main political parties as a temporary, anti-establishment reaction of the British public. But there is no doubt that he is frequently left unchallenged and is influencing their agendas by pushing them further to the right of the political spectrum.
What Nigel Farage perhaps should be asked is:
- Does he know the difference between an economic migrant, a refugee, an asylum seeker and an illegal immigrant?
- As EU nationals, since 2007, in which category should Romanian and Bulgarian nationals be included?
- What would he do with the 4,000 Romanian doctors and nurses currently working in the UK, at the moment, or the 7,000 Romanian students, researchers, financial specialists working in the City and the IT workers right at the heart of the UK tech boom?
- If the Romanian and Bulgarian nationals working in the British agricultural and construction industries, hospitality and cleaning services, should be refused entry from 1 January 2014, who would replace them and the contribution they’ve made in these sectors and the overall economic recovery in this country?
- When will Nigel Farage and his party stop smearing the vast majority of decent Romanian and Bulgarian people who have the right to live and work in peace in the UK without the fear of violence or without being made to feel guilty?
Until the time journalists and politicians start to ask Nigel Farage these questions and stop allowing him to plant fear and sow the seeds of hatred, HOPE not hate will refuse to sit idly by and allow racism and xenophobia to become the mainstream in British discourse and politics.
Posted: 11 Oct 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: , | on: Thursday, 10 October 2013, 21:58
UKIP'S two most senior figures in Croydon have come to blows in a remarkable row which has revealed bitter tensions at the core of the party.
Peter Staveley, branch chairman for Croydon Central and South, said it was “unfortunate” that Winston McKenzie is to stand in next year’s local elections following comments he made about gay adoption.
He said voters would not take the party seriously if it selected a candidate who thought gay couples adopting children was “akin to child abuse”.
Mr McKenzie, the party's chairman in Croydon North, hit back at Mr Staveley, describing him as a “weirdo” who was “dead jealous” of his popularity.
The former amateur boxer was heavily criticised before last year's Croydon North by-election after he told the Advertiser that gay people should not be able to adopt.
The party distanced itself from his comments and an “appalled” Mr Staveley took to the internet to publicly apologise.
Mr McKenzie, who said he “stands by every word”, is to run in South Norwood next May, a decision his colleague does not agree with.
“It’s unfortunate he’s standing but it’s not my choice,” said Mr Staveley.
“I have to accept the party leadership’s opinion that Winston’s good points outweigh his bad points.
“It’s a shame because we are trying to change ourselves into a serious party of people with real experience.
“It’s unfortunate that Winston has, in the past, come out with things like his gay adoption posturing.
“He is entitled to his opinions but it’s simply not the policy of the party.”
Mr McKenzie, who once finished last in the race to be Mayor of London, has come out fighting.
“Peter Staveley is a terrible bloke,” he said.
“I have tried my upmost to make peace with this guy but he doesn’t seem like one of these people who is with it.
“He is one of these blokes, how can I put it, he’s just not compos mentis. The guy has a split personality.
“I’m sick to death of hearing this all the time. Everywhere I go I’ve got this guy slandering me.
“Ukip are doing so well but we’ve got one or two weirdos in Croydon who really bring the party to shame.”
Mr McKenzie says he has not seen eye to eye with Mr Staveley, who is to stand in Addiscombe, since he assumed responsibility for organising the party in Croydon North.
“Ukip weren’t going anywhere under him so I basically rode him out of his position as the number one man in Croydon,” he said.
“He’s dead jealous of me. I’m well known. I make no bones about that. I’m not showing off.
“Now he thinks I’m against gays. I’m not against gays. When the gay argument came up I gave my personal thoughts. That doesn’t mean I hate gays or that people shouldn’t adopt, I just have a personal opinion.”
However, Mr McKenzie later added: “He definitely thinks I’ve got it in for gays, though I suppose he’s entitled to think that because of the personal comments I made.”
The outspoken politician went on to finish third in the Croydon North by-election, winning 5.7 per cent of the vote and retaining his deposit for the first time in his career.
Asked whether he still thought gay adoption was “akin to child abuse”, he said: “I don’t take anything back. When asked my opinion I gave it. I don’t think any politician should have to toe the party line.”
He also remained defiant in the face of Mr Staveley’s criticism.
“I think he needs to go and see a psychiatrist,” said Mr McKenzie.
“He’s doing irreparable damage to the party. I came into Ukip, brought a lot of people together who were at odds with one another and all Peter’s out to do is undermine me because I happen to be a more popular bloke than he is. I really wish he would stop.”
Mr McKenzie plans to consult his solicitors and raise a complaint with Ukip leader Nigel Farage, although he also offered to show his rival "a few tricks in the ring”.
“I think this is something that the party leadership have to look at,” he added.
“I’m a credible candidate and I have proved just how good I am for the party, so I don’t understand Peter’s untimely comments.”
Mr Staveley might just have the last laugh, however.
"Put it this way," he said. "Winston won't be running to be an MEP."
posted by: Mark Williams | on: Thursday, 10 October 2013, 21:52
The future of five Lincolnshire UKIP politicians today hangs in the balance as national chiefs look set to oust them from the party.
The Echo understands the councillors on Lincolnshire County Council could all be removed within a matter of weeks.
It comes after all five joined Chris Pain in a breakaway group, now called Lincolnshire UKIP, following a split with original UKIP members last month.
Cllr Pain was kicked out of UKIP altogether on September 18 following a meeting of the party's emergency disciplinary committee in London. It was believed to be because of a dispute between the Wainfleet and Burgh councillor and UKIP national chairman Steve Crowther.
Now, fellow breakaway members Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, Bob McAuley, John Beaver, Richard Fairman and Alan Jesson are being targeted after their switch of allegiance saw UKIP surrender their official opposition status to Labour at county offices.
A UKIP source told the Echo: "The future of the five councillors is being discussed but the party will follow procedure."
And party officials have also ordered the breakaway group to rename themselves – telling them to lose the UKIP banner.
The source added: "UKIP Lincolnshire is not a name the party will permit for a breakaway group, led by a man who has been booted out of the party."
This is the latest development in a long list since UKIP took the local elections by storm in May, winning 16 seats on Lincolnshire County Council and becoming the official opposition.
Speaking to the Echo, breakaway member Bob McAuley revealed he was hopeful of a meeting with the party's national secretary, Matthew Richardson, in Lincoln within the next 10 days to resolve the matter.
"Hopefully there will be a meeting between all UKIP county councillors and Matthew in Lincoln in the next seven to 10 days," he said.
The start of the end of UKIP – as it was – began in July when then-leader Cllr Pain demoted both his deputies, Victoria Ayling and Robin Hunter-Clarke.
Fellow breakaway councillor John Beaver said: "I find it deeply upsetting because I have worked hard for UKIP over 10 years.
"I am aware the party are trying to get rid of us in favour of the ex-Conservative UKIP councillors.
"They think the sun shines out of their backsides and I find it completely ridiculous."
The Echo also understands if the five are removed from the party, they may open talks over merging with the Lincolnshire Independents.
Any move would see that group replace Labour as official opposition at county offices.
Marianne Overton, leader of the Lincolnshire Independents, said: "We have not been involved in any formal engagement yet. If anyone approaches us, I would call a meeting with our members and see what is best for them."
posted by: Bobby Rae | on: Thursday, 10 October 2013, 21:37
Human rights lawyer Aamer Anwar has clashed with a UKIP representative in a debate at the University of Strathclyde yesterday.
The debate, presented at the university as part of Black History Month, asked the question ‘Is Scotland a racist country?’
Although the panel had a number of distinguished guests, the discussion quickly became a heated exchange between Anwar and UKIP Dumbarton spokesman, Michael Fisher.
Following an opening statement by Fisher, the solicitor highlighted the fact that UKIP was, in his view, comparable to "a revolving door between a racist party and a Nazi far-right one." He went on to add that a party member, who stood for election in Bristol, stated "illegal immigrants should be shot."
Fisher responded some time later, saying that the facts were "unfounded" and rebutted the acquisitions implying that Anwar was hypocritical by “benefitting from the misery of others.” Clearly offended by this remark, Mr. Anwar reiterated his call that UKIP was a ‘racist’ party, adding later that UKIP was "disgusting."
Despite the elevated language between the two, the debate did produce a number of explorative points which the panel discussed in detail. Lucy Adams, Chief Reporter at The Herald, asked the question are crimes related to racism are going down or are they not being reported?
Dr Colin Clark, a lecturer in sociology, took a different approach when he stated that Scotland was racist, arguing that even one reported incident was too much. He emphasised that the "hate" was being much more widespread, with things like homophobia and sexism as equally prevalent.
The debate was summarised by the host, Professor Geoffrey Palmer, who said: "Overt racism is one thing, but if it goes from overt to covert, then the problem becomes even more difficult."
posted by: Mark Williams | on: Monday, 7 October 2013, 23:21
UKIP chiefs have ordered a Lincolnshire breakaway group to change its party name.
Following a UKIP split on Lincolnshire County Council last month, former leader of the local party Chris Pain spearheaded a breakaway group of six - calling it UKIP Lincolnshire.
But Cllr Pain was kicked out of UKIP altogether on September 18 following a meeting of the party's emergency disciplinary committee in London.
It was believed to be because of a dispute between the Wainfleet and Burgh councillor and UKIP national chairman Steve Crowther.
And today, party chiefs have told the breakaway group to lose its UKIP banner.
As well as cllr Pain, the group includes Alan Jesson, Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright, John Beaver, Bob McAuley and Richard Fairman.
A UKIP source told the Echo: "UKIP Lincolnshire is not a name the party will permit for a breakaway group led by a man who has been booted out of UKIP."
Cllr Pain said he had received an email from UKIP officials but that he is yet to think of a new party name.
Posted: 7 Oct 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 7 October 2013, 23:02
Let's hope so.
posted by: BBC | on: Monday, 7 October 2013, 21:57
An MEP who left his party after a series of high-profile comments said he would not stand as an independent candidate at future elections, but suggested he may rejoin UKIP.
Talking of the EU, Godfrey Bloom said UKIP was the "only game in town,.. the only party that is going to get us out".
The Yorkshire and Humber MEP, now sitting as an independent, said he had been "gagged" on subjects such as flat tax and drugs when he was in the party, so spoke about other issues.
But Mr Bloom claimed his now-infamous comments about women not cleaning behind fridges had seen a boost in the polls for his former party: He told Andrew Neil: "I am not an electoral liability, I never was for UKIP, I am a vote-getter."
Asked if would stand again, he first said: "We don't know, probably not. But I shall certainly be trying to be help UKIP as best I can."
But when asked if he would soon be back in UKIP, he said nothing but smiled, while Andrew Neil told Sunday Politics viewers: "For those of you who not watching there, he just shrugged."
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Monday, 7 October 2013, 21:38
Here are the final regional lists for England, Wales and Northern Ireland of UKIP candidates running for MEP in the 2014 European Elections on May 22.
Each candidate is listed according to his or her ranking on the regional list and the number of votes they attained in the membership ballot is recorded in the the right hand column.
posted by: Rosa Silverman and agencies | on: Monday, 7 October 2013, 21:07
Jasna Badzak, 42, fed Gerard Batten a “pack of lies” about how her wages from the European Parliament had not been paid and she was too poor to travel to work, a court heard.
In fact she had doctored her online bank statement to make it appear as if the £2,500 payment had not been received.
Taken in by her story, the MEP loaned her the apparently outstanding wages, together with a separate £500, believing she would repay him after receiving the cash from the European Parliament.
Records show that in the meantime Badzak enjoyed spending sprees in Gucci and Harrods, Southwark Crown Court was told.
She only offered to reimburse Mr Batten after police began an investigation, and has yet to repay a penny to the MEP.
Badzak, who fled war-torn Yugoslavia 20 years ago and whose relatives died in Nazi concentration camps, said her relationship with the politician deteriorated after she was asked to work on a policy document entitled “Dismantling Multiculturalism” in February 2011.
The divorced mother-of-one complained to Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, who she claims gave Mr Batten a “dressing down”.
Mr Batten responded by ordering her never to contact Mr Farage again, Badzak told the court.
But the politician, who is also the Ukip MEPs’ Chief Whip, insisted he was not aware his researcher was unhappy at work.
Badzak, from Kilburn, north west London, denied the allegations against her but was convicted of forgery and fraud.
Judge Michael Gledhill QC told her she would have been jailed for a year had she not been the sole carer for her 15-year-old son, who is studying for his GCSEs.
Instead, he suspended her 12-month prison sentence for two years.
Passing sentence, Judge Gledhill told her: “In November 2011 you were taken on by Gerard Batten on a three-month contract and you were to be paid by the European Parliament.
“You knew there would be a delay in payments and you were not to be paid until January.
“In fact, the European Parliament paid people earlier than expected, in December.
“You doctored your online bank statement with your NatWest account by removing the £2,500 payment so someone looking at the statement would think it had not been paid. That was flagrant dishonesty.
“In due course Mr Batten was good enough to give you another three-month contract and you threw that back in his face by continuing the lie.”
When Mr Batten decided not to issue another three-month contract after that, Badzak took him to an employment tribunal and lost, the court heard.
She also reported him to the police for fraud, but detectives investigated and took no further action.
Judge Gledhill added: “You issued high court proceedings against him as well. You did that to deflect attention from your own dishonesty by mounting a wholesale attack on his character.
“He said he felt he was on trial and that was your doing.
“I am going to suspend the sentence only because of your son. He is perfectly innocent of any wrongdoing and I'm not going to wreck his life by sending his mother to prison...
“Members of Parliament are vulnerable to people such as yourself who are bent on vengeance.”
Badzak, who had an MBA qualification, claimed she was “absolutely useless” with money and never knew what was in her bank account.
Arlette Piercy, defending, told the court that she suffered from significant health problems including depression, which had been exacerbated as a result of the proceedings.
To "bring home the seriousness" of Badzak's crimes, Judge Gledhill ordered she would be subject to a four-month curfew between 8pm and 6am.
She must also pay £500 in court costs.
posted by: Shane Hickey | on: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 22:16
Godfrey Bloom, the Ukip politician suspended for hitting a journalist and calling a room of women "sluts", has said the party's leader, Nigel Farage, has lost touch and senior members have stopped caring about those at the grassroots.
In his first interview since losing the party whip at their autumn conference two weeks ago, the MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber claimed Farage did not want to lead the party and only did so because no one else was available.
Bloom was suspended after hitting Channel 4 News reporter Michael Crick (video) on the head with a brochure following a rant about racism. It was the latest in a series of rows sparked by the politician after he previously called for Britain to stop sending aid to "bongo bongo land".
In an interview with the Times, he claimed to have been congratulated for his actions by members of the public.
"If you see me with a pint of bitter, it is not a photocall. Nigel [Farage] has lost touch. Poor Nigel. When can he get time to go to the pub and talk to ordinary people? He hasn't had the time to be as in touch with the man on the Clapham omnibus as he did before and that is a problem. He doesn't have anyone listening to how the wind is blowing," Bloom said.
"Some people think I am extremely clever, you know. Nigel is a very charismatic and hard-working leader but he would not pretend for a moment that he could sit down and write policy on quantitative easing."
Bloom claimed a new hierarchy within Ukip had stopped caring about grassroots members and that a person needed to be a "complete sociopath" to be in politics.
"My wife is a little upset," he said. "She rather naively thought you could have friends in politics. I told her not to worry. It's a dirty and disgusting game. I have never been in anything as degrading as politics," he said.
While Farage had a "strong product", in that Ukip was neither the Labour nor Tory, it had a lack of policies, Bloom said.
Posted: 5 Oct 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 5 October 2013, 20:38
Over the past few weeks we have regularly reported on the bloody civil war that has erupted in the UKIP stronghold of Lincolnshire.
The dispute has become so severe that the UKIP group on Lincolnshire County Council has split into two separate groups, with the rebel group leader Councillor Chris Pain being expelled from the national party and there are strong rumours that his fellow rebel members will be also shown the door very soon.
So we bring the good news that another of UKIP's prime areas appears to be on the verge of complete meltdown.
Hampshire has seen rich pickings for UKIP in the past eight months. Back in February, UKIP achieved its best ever result for a parliamentary election coming second in the Eastleigh by-election with UKIP's candidate Diane James polling 27.8% of the vote, pushing the Conservative Party into third place.
The Eastleigh result acted as a springboard for UKIP in Hampshire and in the County Council elections in May UKIP picked up ten county councillors, adding to the handful of borough and district councillors they already had in the county. However, all is not well within Hampshire UKIP with some of the region's branches in full meltdown mode.
Sixteen miles south west of Eastleigh lies the market town of Fareham. The local council, Fareham Borough Council used to have two UKIP councillors, but in the past month have lost both of them due to disquiet in the local party.
Hope not Hate spoke with both councillors, Dave Whittingham and Nick Gregory about their recent resignations from UKIP.
A likeable chap, Dave Whittingham told me that he left UKIP because he was unhappy with the poor organisation both locally and nationally within UKIP.
Whittingham, who was an Independent became an UKIP councillor in April earlier this year after a charm offensive by local Fareham & Gosport UKIP Chairman Bob Ingram. Dave Whittingham claimed that Ingram made a number of promises should he join UKIP yet none were fulfilled by Ingram or the party.
Attempting to obtain a local manifesto and information on local UKIP policies, Whittingham claims he was ignored by Bob Ingram. Frustrated he tried to contact UKIP HQ and spoke to Press Secretary Annabelle Fuller yet once again his requests for information fell on deaf ears.
His friend and fellow Independent councillor Nick Gregory told me a similar tale. Again unhappy with local chairman Bob Ingram and the local UKIP branch, Gregory claimed that they have no real policies on a local level and had no real structure locally or nationally.
Gregory also told me of his unhappiness at the headlines generated by the recent UKIP national conference which he described as "a shambles" and was particularly unhappy with the behaviour and actions of disgraced UKIP MEP Godfrey Bloom.
Both Whittingham and Gregory told me of their disdain regarding the local party's candidate selection process that saw potential UKIP candidates having to appear before a local scrutiny committee which included the presence of both Whittingham and Gregory along with Bob Ingram and Hampshire County Councillor Christopher Wood, this despite the fact that both Ingram and Wood were themselves candidates.
The unhappy councillors told Ingram and Wood that they believed that their presence on the scrutiny committee constituted a massive conflict of interest, however Ingram dismissed their complaints as not relevant.
Both councillors regret joining the xenophobic party, reiterating that they only wanted to serve their constituents to the best of their abilities. Whittingham told me he didn't feel that UKIP was a racist party but did feel there was a number of racists within the party ranks.
Speaking to the local press, Bob Ingram claimed he was glad that both Whittingham and Gregory had left UKIP, despite the fact that the party no longer has any representation on Fareham Council.
Heading north up the M3 sees more trouble for UKIP, this time in Basingstoke where hostilities have broken out regarding the local UKIP councillor Stephen West.
West, UKIP's only representative on Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council resigned from UKIP at the start of October, sending his resignation in the form of an email to Alan Stone, Basingstoke UKIP chairman, and John Bentham, chairman of the North West Hampshire UKIP.
Yet just hours after announcing that he had quit, West contacted the local media claiming that he had “categorically not resigned from UKIP.”
West issued a statement that said:
"Around two weeks ago, I made it clear to Andover UKIP that unless they end the civil war that is effectively tearing the local party apart, that they can count me out. I can only speculate that the source of this inverted pyramid of piffle about my resignation comes from one of the wreckers within the Andover local party. My focus continues to be serving my community and I would urge Andover's UKIP members to unite behind their chairman and do the same.".
West believes that a smear campaign has been started by Basingstoke UKIP campaign director Phil Heath.
West wrote " Philip Heath is a failed borough and county councillor and was thrown out of the Conservative Party. This month, he is attempting to secure UKIP’s nomination to be the parliamentary candidate in Basingstoke at the next General Election. If he believes that instigating a public smear campaign will boost his popularity with local UKIP members ahead of the election and win him votes, he really is nuts."
In response to West's accusations Phillip Heath replied to the press: "Steve’s obviously embarrassed and he’s trying to pin the blame on somebody else. I didn’t instigate anything – I’ve got nothing against Steve. It’s a pity he’s said that sort of thing. I don’t think he’s doing himself any favours throwing that stuff around. I will leave it up the party to decide what to do next.”
Probably sick of the fallout, Chairman Alan Stone wrote of West " He’s back in the fold. He’s promised to attend his council meetings regularly, represent his electorate and not poke other people who don’t need poking. He’s just got to do his job properly now.”
Hampshire UKIP appears on the brink of collapse, so pull up a comfy chair and get ready for the fun. It could get messy.
Posted: 5 Oct 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Elaine King | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013, 21:53
A UKIP county councillor summonsed to court for failing to pay his council tax is demanding that Fenland District Council pays his travel expenses for making the 42-mile round trip.
Councillor Paul Clapp – who represents Wisbech North on Cambridgeshire County Council – has already been repaid his £70 costs by the council “as a goodwill gesture.”
Cllr Clapp found himself summons to court because he made his September council tax payment three days days late, because he had just come out of hospital.
But he was still required to attend Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on September 25, where a council official told him he had no case to answer and had no need to stand before the bench.
Cllr Clapp said. “I will be asking for my expenses for attending court to be paid by the council.
“After making a request, I have already been refunded the £70 costs payment.”
Cllr Clapp claims he received his court summons on September 4, for failing to make a payment on September 1.
That day he paid £101, and on September 24 he paid another £150, to meet his October council tax bill.
Cllr Clapp is angry that Fenland District Council failed to cancel his court summons after he made a payment.
“It was a waste of my time,” he said. “I had to go back to hospital two days later for a surgical procedure.
“The council’s protocol says they can give you up to the tenth day of the month to pay at their discretion, but they failed to cancel my summons.”
A spokesman for Fenland District Council said: “Cllr Clapp was summonsed to court for not regularly paying his council tax on time each month.
council tax payments are due on the first day of each month, and where they are not paid a reminder notice is issued.
“Where a customer continues to pay only after a reminder notice is issued, their instalment plan will be cancelled and the remainder of this year’s council tax becomes due. If it still remains unpaid, they are summonsed to court and the court can grant a liability order, which allows the council to recover the money owed.
“In this case, Cllr Mr Clapp has brought these payments up to date, so as a goodwill gesture we have cancelled the costs we had charged him in connection with the summons.
“We remind everyone that it is important to pay council tax on time as requested, and to contact us as soon as possible if you are having difficulties paying, so that we can agree a payment arrangement. Doing nothing could lead to additional costs.”
Posted: 3 Oct 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Dominic Glover | on: Thursday, 3 October 2013, 21:47
More than half of Ukip supporters would be "uncomfortable" with a non-white prime minister in Downing Street, a new poll has revealed.
The findings will do little to dispel David Cameron's description of Ukip as a party of "closet racists".
According to figures by YouGov, 59% of Ukip supporters said they were uncomfortable with the thought of a PM who was from a British Minority Ethnic (BME) background.
A significant minority of followers of Nigel Farage's anti-EU party - 45% - said they were "very uncomfortable" with the idea.
Only 14% of supporters said they would be comfortable if the country was led by someone who was not white.
The findings for Birkbeck College and Demos came only weeks after Ukip MEP Godfrey Bloom caused uproar by describing countries overseas as 'Bongo Bongo Land.' He resigned the Ukip whip as he was about to be stripped of it by Farage, after calling female supporters "sluts".
According to the YouGov research, one in 10 Ukip supporters would also not feel comfortable having a non-white friend.
The research was angrily condemned by the party, which is hoping to make big gains at next year's local and European elections.
Gawain Towler, who is standing as an MEP for Ukip, said: "This is an agenda-driven poll which is designed to get the sort of results YouGov have doctored.
"It's time to stop this revolting obsession with racist accusations. The pitch of some of the questions asked I find distasteful. This sort of thing creates antagonism rather than addresses it."
Among the major parties, support for a non-white PM was far from strong across the political spectrum. Forty-one percent of Tory supporters said they were "uncomfortable" with a non-white PM, next to 28% of Labour supporters and a quarter of Liberal Democrat supporters.
Lib Dems were the most comfortable with the idea of a BME PM (47%), compared to Labour (43%) the Tories (33%) and Ukip (14%).
YouGov denied that the results had been doctored. A spokesman told IBTimes UK: "That is not the case at all. We've always been open about the results and we publish them in full on our website. This research is fully in line with what we do and we stand by the results."
Prof Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College commissioned the research. He said: "Differences between party supporters are not explained by divergent age, education, regional or class profiles.
"Young university-educated London Tories are significantly less comfortable with a minority prime minister than young university-educated London Liberal Democrats."
Kaufmann commissioned the survey as part of an in-depth study into white working-class people's attitude to diversity in Britain. YouGov surveyed 1,869 adults in July.
Posted: 3 Oct 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Justin Parkinson | on: Tuesday, 1 October 2013, 18:21
A former UK Independence Party MEP has accused the English Democrats of announcing he was switching parties before a deal had even been struck.
Mike Nattrass left UKIP last month after a row with leader Nigel Farage.
The English Democrats later claimed Mr Nattrass had agreed to join them and run in next year's European elections, but had then changed his mind.
But Mr Nattrass said this was untrue and accused the leadership of "stupid" and "childish" behaviour.
Mr Nattrass, who represents the West Midlands in the European Parliament, resigned from UKIP after he was deselected as a candidate.
He later quit the party, of which he was once deputy leader, accusing Mr Farage of running a "totalitarian regime".
Afterwards, Mr Nattrass began discussions with the English Democrats, who campaign for the establishment of an English parliament and immediate withdrawal from the EU, about a possible move.
The party's leader, Robin Tilbrook, has used his blog to release a series of emails between Mr Nattrass and the English Democrats.
He claims an agreement was reached for Mr Nattrass to join his party, becoming its first MEP.
The plan was then that he would run for office again in 2014 and step down after a year if he won a seat, in favour of a colleague, Mr Tilbrook says.
Mr Tilbrook sent out in an embargoed press release announcing the news, which was inadvertently broken by Channel 4 journalist Michael Crick, who revealed the details on Twitter.
This is said to have enraged Mr Nattrass, who reportedly changed his mind.
Mr Tilbrook writes: "The consequence was that the story was leaked before Mike Nattrass, or indeed I, were actually ready for the story to go out.
"Much to my surprise rather than being relatively relaxed about the fact that, through neither of our faults the story was out, Mike Nattrass was furious and rang me up and swore at me, which seemed a bit unnecessary given that the leak was not my fault. He then announced that he was withdrawing from coming over to us."
But Mr Nattrass gives a different version of events.
He told the BBC that he had asked the English Democrats to carry out a "due diligence" test on its membership list, to ensure none of the views expressed by those on it were "abhorrent".
Mr Nattrass said he had declined to switch to the party until this was completed, but Mr Tilbrook had put out the press release before gaining his authorisation.
He added: "They are being very stupid."
"I wasn't satisfied with some of the track records of some of the guys in the English Democrats. What the leadership did was outrageous. You don't put the statement out until the deal is done," Mr Nattrass said. "The word for what has happened is 'childish'."
Mr Nattrass, a chartered surveyor, has been an MEP since 2004.
Posted: 1 Oct 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments