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posted by: Jonathan Maley | on: Saturday, 29 June 2013, 20:43
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has dubbed his former party colleague and Birmingham TV presenter Robert Kilroy-Silk “crackers”.
Kilroy-Silk, best known for his former BBC daytime talk show, was elected to the European Parliament as a UKIP candidate in 2004.
But he quit the party in 2005 to form his own organisation called Veritas.
His political career sank without trace after he quickly resigned from Veritas too.
But speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Mr Farage said that recruiting Kilroy-Silk, educated at Saltley Grammar School, had been a major coup for his party - for as long as it lasted.
He said: “Everybody laughs and jokes about Robert Kilroy-Silk but actually at the time, he was a mega catch for us.
“For 18 years he’d done that programme (Kilroy), four days a week.
“Robert was good for us in the short term.
‘‘Sadly he went completely crackers and started to believe his own publicity.
“And didn’t have the ability to laugh at himself which is never a good thing in any walk of life.”
Mr Farage said voters would not trust the Conservatives, Labour or the Lib Dems to deliver a referendum on quitting the EU - and predicted his party could come first in next year’s elections to the European Parliament by focusing on the issue.
Setting out the party’s message for the European election to be held next May, he said: “I think that it’s a realistic thing to say that UKIP could win the European elections next year and that would be an earthquake in British politics.”
But winning European seats and council seats in local elections held on the same day would provide a springboard for the General election in 2015.
“Lets say for argument’s sake in 2015 we spend our entire resources on 50 or 60 seats.
‘‘We target ruthlessly and we attempt to get unto the House of Commons in significant numbers and who knows, maybe hold the balance of power.”
The original Birmingham Mail article is here
Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Jack Blanchard | on: Saturday, 29 June 2013, 18:47
Nigel Farage has claimed many of Britain’s foreign-born doctors “are not up to scratch” and suggested tranches of the NHS should be outsourced to private firms in the future.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, the Ukip leader launched a broadside against doctors from overseas who he said have “lower standards” than their British-born counterparts and are “bringing huge problems” for the NHS.
Mr Farage said Ukip policy-makers will be drawing up “a whole new approach” to healthcare this year and praised the French model, which he said involves significant outsourcing to private contractors.
But he insisted he is “not talking about privatising the NHS”.
You can read the original Yorkshire Post article here
Posted: 29 Jun 2013 | There are 9 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Kevin Rawlinson & Fergal Macerlean | on: Friday, 28 June 2013, 19:35
Nigel Farage is facing further questions about Ukip’s vetting tonight after it emerged that two of his party officials attended a demonstration organised by a far-right group.
The chairman of Ukip’s west London branch Vanessa Crichton and chairman of the Hillingdon branch Cliff Dixon attended an anti-EU protest organised by the British Patriots Society, which has strong links to the English Defence League (EDL).
The tiny group was set up by Sara Roocroft, a former Ukip member. She has expressed support for the English Defence League in the past and its website was registered in the name of a senior EDL figure, Steve Simmons.
The BPS has posted messages online warning of conflict with the Muslim community in retaliation for the Woolwich attack. One message on the group’s Facebook site states: “If nothing is done then the servicemen and women and those who support the troops will take matters into their own hands… And if they want a war then Bring It On!”
Confronted by The Independent, Mr Dixon admitted that he went along to the Westminster demonstration in 2012 with his colleague Ms Crichton, but did not know of the group’s links to the EDL and would not attend any more BPS events. He added: “Threats of violence are unacceptable and I would not want to be associated with them.” Ms Crichton said she could not recall attending the demonstration.
A Ukip spokesman said the two party officials would not be disciplined. He said: “When we spoke to the individuals concerned they were as surprised as we were that they had appeared at an event organised by people with those links.”
The spokesman added: “They were entirely unaware of any EDL links to the BPS, and were shocked. To discipline people for something like that would be heavy-handed and unfair.”
Matthew Collins of the Hope not Hate anti-extremism campaign group said: “The more people look at Ukip, the more shady it appears.”
Sara Roocroft denied she was running an EDL “splinter group” but admitted she has supported the far-right street movement and that the BPS’s website was set up by a leading EDL member. She said: “I would never become an EDL member or go to a demo because I don’t agree with how they conduct themselves, I don’t agree with the drinking, shouting and swearing.”
You can read the original Independent article here
Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sally Perry | on: Friday, 28 June 2013, 17:50
Readers may be wondering what happened about the police investigation into allegations a candidate falsified nomination signatures.
Two weeks before the May local elections, UKIP candidate Richard Wilkins, was accused by the IW Conservative Association Chairman, Alan Wells, of falsifying signatures on his nomination papers.
The allegation was then reported to the police a week before the election, leaving very little time before polling day for Mr Wilkins to prove his innocence or otherwise.
On prompting from OnTheWight, the police stated two days before the election, “This is a sensitive and complex case during local elections, and it is of paramount importance that all enquiries are carried out diligently.”
Where did the case go?
Wondering where this case went, OnTheWight asked the police for an update on the investigation last week.
They replied “This matter is now in the hands of the CPS(Crown Prosecution Service) in London who deal with such matters.
“Whilst the case is under investigation we wouldn’t be able to make any further comments.”
Richard Wilkins received 168 votes in the local election, not enough to secure the seat which was won by Conservative Matthew Price with 356 votes.
You can read the original On The Wight article here
Posted: 28 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Political Scrapbook | on: Wednesday, 26 June 2013, 07:56
Four UKIP members at the centre of a recent storm over racism are being forced out of the party — with another awaiting his fate pending a police investigation, Political Scrapbook can exclusively reveal.
From left to right in the image above:
- Tony Nixon — has been expelled for joking about destroying Mosques and running over Pakistanis
- Chris Scotton — expelled for links to the EDL and claiming racism was “ethnic banter”. Liked Facebook page about “losing a black friend in the dark”.
- Anna-Marie Crampton — will not have membership renewed after posting hate group material to the UKIP Facebook page. Claimed Jewish bankers “dominate the world … to the detriment of all”
- Eric Kitson — resigned from party after quitting his council seat for posting racist material online
Cllr Chris Pain has been forced to resign as East Midlands chairman and blocked from standing as an MEP but survives with the UKIP whip on Lincolnshire County Council while the police are look into allegations of a sickening rant on “illegal immigrants”:
“Go home you free-loading, benefit-grabbing, resource-sucking, baby-making, non-English-speaking ********* and take those other hairy-faced, sandal-wearing, bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-********, raghead ******** with you.’”
A party insider told Scrapbook:
“We obviously take allegations against our candidates seriously, but we have a duty to protect people from spurious and malicious attacks. The vast majority of claims made against UKIP candidates definitely fall and fell into the second category.”
The party’s libertarian streak — previously the saviour of many wayward UKIPers — could be giving way to pragmatism (not to mention decency) as their popularity surges.
You can read the original Political Scrapbook article here
Posted: 26 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Martin Shipton | on: Monday, 24 June 2013, 23:36
A prominent member of the United Kingdom Independence Party in Wales has shocked his own chairman after launching an astonishing attack on British workers.
Hotel owner John Humberstone, who failed in a bid to become Ukip MP for Wrexham at the last general election, tweeted this week: “The great british work force start @ 10 tea break@ 11 lunch @ 1, bugger off home @ 4 is it any wonder we are on our knees no one gives a hoot”.
A political source who contacted Wales On Sunday said: “It seems very odd that a man who thinks Britain would be better off out of the EU has such a low opinion of the British workforce. There are plenty of statistics to show that British workers on average work longer hours than those in most other European countries. This was an insult to everyone in Britain who works hard and he should be thoroughly ashamed of himself for making it.”
But Mr Humberstone was not in the mood to apologise. He said he had tweeted the message after being frustrated by the attitude of some workmen doing renovation work at his hotel in Llandudno, which recently suffered serious damage in a fire.
The four-storey Alexandra Hotel remains closed to guests after the fire destroyed its roof. Much of the rest of the building suffered severe water damage.
The former Ukip candidate said: “I want to reopen the hotel as quickly as I can but I’m not being helped by workmen who behave as if they were employed as school dinner ladies, turning up at 9.30 9.45 or 10.30 in the morning. I’m talking about painters, plumbers and electricians. About 30% to 40% of the ones I’ve used have been like that – it’s a fairly high percentage. When they carry on like that, I tell them I don’t need them any more. I think it is a problem today.
“When I worked in the building trade I used to be on site by 7 and I’d put in a good day’s work.
“The tweet stemmed from my frustration. I’m not doing much politically at the moment because the be-all and end-all for me is getting the hotel open again. We’ll have to do that in stages, but I’m hoping some rooms will be open in a couple of weeks time.”
Mr Humberstone differed from Ukip leader Nigel Farage on another matter – his attitude to smokers. Mr Farage wants to see the ban on smoking in public places relaxed, but Mr Humberstone blamed the hotel fire on guests who had been smoking in their room in defiance of a no-smoking policy.
He said: “I’ve had a report from the fire service which effectively says the cause of the fire was smoking. I hope whichever of the two guests in the room where the fire began who was smoking is proud of themselves. The crazy thing is that under the law they could only be fined a fixed penalty of £50, which would be reduced by £20 if they paid within 14 days. You’d be fined more for dropping a cigarette butt on the pavement outside Marks and Spencer in Mostyn Street.
“I wouldn’t bother to sue the smoker who caused the hotel fire because I’ve been advised by my solicitor to take the insurance route.”
Ukip Wales chairman Warwick Nicholson , who knows Mr Humberstone well, said: “I’m shocked at what he tweeted – he shouldn’t have done so. But he’s under a lot of stress at the moment because of the fire and I can understand his frustration.
“I don’t agree with his comment about British workmen being lazy. My own experience of building workers is different and recently a neighbour had a problem and workmen came out to fix it very quickly at 8pm on a Friday evening.”
At the 2010 general election in Wrexham, Mr Humberstone, who in his time has been a member of several political parties, came last out of six candidates with 774 votes.
You can read the original Wales Online article here
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Political Scrapbook | on: Monday, 24 June 2013, 20:59
UKIP’s latest town hall recruit is a slum landlord convicted for putting his tenants’ lives at risk. The residents of bedsits owned by Cllr Brian Silvester were forced into temporary accommodation last year after an inspection discovered they were at “imminent risk of serious personal injury”.
In a double prosecution by the fire service and his own council, Silvester (pictured centre above with new UKIP colleagues) pleaded guilty to 11 fire safety breaches, including holes in the ceiling and roof, inflammable material in corridors, loose wiring, broken smoke detectors and fire extinguishers which hadn’t been inspected for 20 years.
UKIP are claiming that Silvester “defected” from the Tories. The truth is that he resigned in disgrace in the wake of his conviction — just hours before a local Conservative Party committee was due to throw him out.
Fined £45,000 and ordered to pay £22,000 costs, Silvester narrowly escaped prison after magistrates referred the matter to the crown court for sentencing, saying the case “did not fall outside the custody threshold”.
The court heard that one fire officer had claimed the bedsits:
“undoubtedly had the poorest standard of fire safety he’d ever seen in his 10 years of service”
Perhaps Silvester reckons he would have gotten away with it — if it weren’t for those damn EU safety regulations.
The original Political Scrapbook article here
Posted: 24 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 22 June 2013, 20:40
The good people north of the border keep telling Nigel Farage and UKIP that they aren't really wanted in their country.
On Thursday, Scottish voters in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Fife had the opportunity to tell Farage once again to sling his hook and like clockwork they did just that.
In Aberdeen, voters had to cast their vote in the Donside constituency of the Scottish Parliament following the death of SNP MSP Brian Adam.
UKIP stood Otto Inglis, a controversial candidate who is linked to a right wing group that has denounced Islam as a "brutal theocracy".
Inglis attended meetings of the Letter Writers' Guild (LWG) a right wing forum that encourages its members to correspond with the press and which has hit out at the "protection" of minorities and the "Islamic Tsunami that is sweeping onto our shores".
However, Aberdeen doesn't much care for bigots and Islamophobes, with voters placing Inglis back in 5th place with just 4.8% of the vote, causing UKIP to lost their deposit along with the morons of the NF who finished further down in 7th place with just 1.1%.
Over in Edinburgh a by election in the Liberton and Gilmerton ward of the City Council was called following the death of SNP Councillor Tom Buchanan. UKIP was this time pushed down into 6th place with just over 3%.
To complete UKIP's Scottish tragedy, Fife voters rejected UKIP following a by election called in the Glenrothes North, Leslie and Markinch ward after the death of Labour councillor William Kay. UKIP finished in 4th place with just 4.3% of the vote.
Three by-elections, three crashing defeats for UKIP north of the border.
Scotland doesn't want UKIP.
Posted: 22 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nigel Morris | on: Saturday, 22 June 2013, 19:31
Nigel Farage is facing a rebellion within UK Independence Party ranks over suggestions of an electoral pact with Eurosceptic Tory MPs.
The Ukip leader has raised the prospect of its candidates running on a joint ticket with like-minded Conservatives at the next general election. The idea has also been floated by prominent Tories as a way of averting a split among voters on the centre-Right.
But Mr Farage is facing strong resistance from senior party figures who warn the move would alienate disillusioned former Labour voters contemplating switching allegiance to Ukip.
And they predict any attempt by Mr Farage to support local deals between Ukip and the Conservatives would run into strong opposition in the party's ruling national executive.
A senior party source told the Independent: "People might call us 'Nigel Farage's Ukip', but they forget the party is bigger than him.
"He would face a hell of a struggle to persuade colleagues over the wisdom of the move. I am dead against it. In my area there are plenty of Ukip activists who used to campaign for Labour - how would they react to a deal with the Tories?"
Mr Farage has said any pact would depend on David Cameron stepping down as Tory leader - and no decision would be made until after next year's European elections. But a spokesman for him yesterday insisted he had not ruled out the idea under all circumstances.
Opponents of the move within Ukip ranks argue that any tie-up with the Tories could prove toxic in urban constituencies in the north of England where the party has performed strongly in recent months. Their argument was underlined after Ukip came a strong second this week in a council by-election in Salford in a ward it had not even contested previously.
Stuart Parr, the author of Bloggers for Ukip, said: "An electoral pact with the Tories might give the Tories a boost, but it would fatally damage Ukip and one thing we are certainly not here to do is to make the Tories or any other party more electable."
Another site contributor said: "A Tory-Ukip pact would all but destroy the prospects we have with Labour voters. It would kill our advance in the Labour dominated areas of the North (and by extension Wales and Scotland) absolutely stone dead."
You can read the original Independent article here
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 22 June 2013, 15:57
posted by: Hayley Dixon | on: Saturday, 22 June 2013, 12:46
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has questioned whether the Isle of Man is off-shore, as his political opponents branded him a “hypocrite” for a setting up a trust in the tax-haven.
Despite campaigning against tax avoidance, Mr Farage has admitted that he had set up a trust fund to avoid inheritance tax.
His admissions have led to criticism from both ends of the political spectrum, with Labour MP John Spellar describing it as “typical of UKIP”.
He said: “They talk about how much they love this country, but they don't even bank here - it's just hypocritical.”
When he was confronted over the issue on Channel 4 news tonight Mr Farage seemed to backtrack on the confession he had made the day before, asking: “Isle of Man, is that off-shore?”
When presenter Michael Crick informed him that is, the MEP replied: “Well, it is difficult to define whether it is off-shore or not.”
The island is well-know as a haven for those trying to avoid paying UK taxes, and is considered as part of the off-shore elite.
Mr Farage maintained that the fund was legal and that he did not personally benefit from it, having never received dividends.
The controversy surrounds the transfer of his 33 per cent shareholding in the family business – metal brokers Farage Limited - to the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 based in Douglas, the capital of the Isle of Man, in 2003.
He admitted that he set up the trust on the advice of an accountant, but all £969,000 in dividends are reported to have gone to his brother Andrew, who claims to have paid tax on them.
The revelations surrounding Mr Farage’s business dealings come after a speech before the European Parliament last month in which he railed against a “common enemy: rich people and successful companies avoiding tax”.
Tonight he said: “We all avoid tax if we possibly can, legally. It is all above board; indeed many cabinet members have substantial family trust funds….
“All these trust are based on the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. as I say they are perfectly legal they still operate today, there are tens of thousands of them in this country.
He denied that he would have been involved in tax avoidance, adding: “I would have been dead. It is what people do to try to help their children to mitigate inheritance tax.”
A Conservative party spokesman said: “Nigel Farage is a politician who says one thing, but then does another. He says tax avoiders are the ‘common enemy’, but apparently he has been [using] a tax haven himself. He clearly has some questions to answer.”
You can read the original Telegraph article here
posted by: Stephen Daisley | on: Friday, 21 June 2013, 14:38
First Minister Alex Salmond was a member of the Labour Party who was expelled for being a socialist, according to UKIP’s leader in Scotland.
The Viscount Monckton of Brenchley made the claim in an interview with STV’s Political Correspondent Claire Stewart during Thursday night’s Scotland Tonight special on the Aberdeen Donside by-election.
Viscount Monckton was being questioned on allegations made by his party’s UK leader Nigel Farage that there was an element of anti-English sentiment in Scottish nationalism.
Viscount Monckton, who is president of UKIP in Scotland, said: “We have all had people from the SNP on the streets, saying 'You sound English' -- in fact, I'm more Scottish than most Scots -- but 'You sound English, so go back to England'. Now, that is racism, it's actually against the law. We've told one or two of the people who have said that to us, 'Don't do it again, or we'll have you for it'.”
Pressed on whether he thought there were elements in the SNP who had anti-English feelings, Lord Monckton referred to the group of radical supporters of independence who heckled Mr Farage during his visit to Edinburgh in May.
He claimed: “The people who demonstrated in Edinburgh were SNP; we think they were sent by the SNP—“
Ms Stewart challenged him on this, pointing out that the activists were from "various socialist parties".
However, Viscount Monckton insisted on his allegation: “That would include the SNP, wouldn't it? Salmond, after all, was thrown out of the Labour Party for being too left-wing. He doesn't like people reminded of that now.”
Mr Salmond has been a lifelong SNP supporter, joining the Federation of Student Nationalists as an undergraduate at St Andrews University in 1973. He was a member of the radical leftist organisation, the 79 Group, and was suspended from the SNP after that internal faction was banned by the party leadership. However, he never joined the Labour Party and was later readmitted as a member of the Nationalists.
STV’s Political Editor Bernard Ponsonby was bemused by Viscount Monckton’s grasp of Scottish political history.
He quipped: “Christopher Monckton with a very interesting take on history, including the revelation that Alex Salmond was expelled from the Labour Party for being too left-wing. I think we can bin that one."
You can read the original STV report here
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Ian Dunt | on: Friday, 21 June 2013, 14:18
Nigel Farage is having another difficult day, after a lost deposit in a Scottish by-election combined with reports of his use of a tax haven to ruin the Ukip leader's weekend.
The MEP, who has previously spoken out against tax evaders in the European parliament, admitted paying a tax adviser to set up the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 on the Isle of Man, the Daily Mirror reported.
"My financial advisers recommended I did it, to have a trust really for inheritance purposes and I took the advice and I set it up," he told the newspaper.
"It was a mistake. I was a completely unsuitable person for it. I am not blaming them, it was my fault.
"It's a vehicle that you chuck things in through your life that you don't need and you build up a trust fund for your children or grandchildren.
"It was called an educational trust and could have been used for grandchildren's schools fees, things like that.
"It was a mistake for three reasons. Firstly, I'm not rich enough to need one and I am never going to be. Secondly, frankly, the world has changed. Things that we thought were absolutely fair practice 10 years, 20 years ago, 30 years ago aren't any more. Thirdly, it was a mistake because it cost me money. I sent a cheque off to set it up."
The row comes as Ukip reels from another electoral blow in Scotland, where it is struggling to get any traction at all.
The Scottish National party (SNP) won the Aberdeen Donside by-election with a substantially reduced majority, but Ukip failed to retain its deposit.
"They have never saved a single deposit in Scotland, which once again demonstrates a clear divergence between Scottish and Westminster politics," Alex Salmond commented.
The electoral drubbing came after another tortured trip to Scotland for the Ukip leader, who was forced to abandon a meeting with Aberdeen Council deputy leader Marie Boulton when anti-fascist demonstrators gathered outside the building.
Senior Ukip member David Coburn was soaked with a fizzy drink by demonstrators outside a pub in Aberdeen.
A press conference in the Marriott Hotel, Dyce, also had to be cancelled amid fears of more protests.
The trip came just a month after Farage had to hole himself up in a Scottish pub to escape angry protestors, who called him "scum" and a "racist".
Recent polling has suggested an end to the Ukip surge, with the party losing a third of its support and falling back to level with the Liberal Democrats.
The ICM poll for the Guardian put the party on 12%, down from 18% - although that is still three points above its previous high.
You can read the original article here
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Nick Sommerlad | on: Friday, 21 June 2013, 00:26
Nigel Farage opened an offshore trust fund in a plan to slash his tax bill, a Mirror investigation has revealed.
But he insisted he did not personally benefit from the trust fund he set up in a bid to save thousands of pounds in tax.
And the UKIP leader even claimed he ended up out of pocket after opening the scheme on the Isle of Man.
The 49-year-old paid a tax adviser to create the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 in the tax haven – which he intended to channel funds through.
The outspoken anti-Europe politician confessed its existence during a string of meetings with our investigators.
But the former City trader said: “My financial advisers recommended I did it, to have a trust really for inheritance purposes and I took the advice and I set it up.
"It was a mistake. I was a completely unsuitable person for it. I am not blaming them it was my fault.
“It’s a vehicle that you chuck things in through your life that you don’t need and you build up a trust fund for your children or grandchildren.
“It was called an educational trust and could have been used for grandchildren’s schools fees, things like that.
“It was a mistake for three reasons. Firstly, I’m not rich enough to need one and I am never going to be.
“Secondly, frankly, the world has changed. Things that we thought were absolutely fair practice 10 years, 20 years ago, 30 years ago aren’t any more.
"Thirdly, it was a mistake because it cost me money. I sent a cheque off to set it up.”
Farage’s statements are even more extraordinary as he criticised offshore tax havens – naming the Isle of Man – in a speech in the European Parliament.
Tax expert Richard Murphy, who studied our dossier, said: “There are only two good reasons to set up an Isle of Man trust.
"One is secrecy, you don’t want someone to know what is in there. The other is tax avoidance.
"And sometimes, of course, they go together.”
Tax dodging costs Britain £35billion a year, according to HM Revenue and Customs, but Tax Research experts say it is as much as £123billion.
David Cameron backed a landmark deal at the G8 summit this week to crack down on corporate tax evasion.
The Mirror confronted Farage with financial documents as he campaigned for UKIP in Aberdeen.
These revealed he transferred his shareholding in Farage Limited after it was founded in 2003 to the Farage Family Educational Trust, based in Douglas, capital of the Isle of Man.
This meant the trust owned a 33% stake in Farage Limited, later rising to 50%.
Quizzed about the Farage Family Educational Trust, the politician insisted: “I was not a beneficiary.”
When we showed him a copy of Farage Limited accounts from 2004 indicating he owned shares in the city trading firm, he declared: “They are wrong then, aren’t they?
"I originally had the shares. I gave them away to the trust.”
Asked who set up the trust, Farage replied: “I set it up on behalf of somebody else.”
Pressed on who were the owners of the trust, Farage added: “There are none. It is closed.”
His brother Andrew, a co-director who owned the other 50% of the company, pocketed £969,000 in dividends from the firm.
Farage initially refused to confirm his sibling’s windfall. Asked if the payouts went to Andrew, he replied: “They must have done.”
And pushed on who received the £969,000, he said: “It’s a slightly unfair question because you are asking me to implicate someone else’s tax affairs in the Daily Mirror.
"It’s sensitive and the sums of money are quite big. You’re talking about nearly a million quid.
“The accountant who set up the company is prepared to speak to you.
“He will tell you on the record that I never received any dividends at all from that company ever and it all went to one individual. It’s not difficult to work out who it was.”
Farage Limited’s accountant Spencer Watson later confirmed that all £969,000 in dividends were paid to Andrew.
When we contacted Farage’s 47-year-old brother, he said: “I don’t want to make any comment. If I did, I did.
“If that’s what I earned that’s what I earned. All my money was paid and tax was paid on it in this country.
"Nigel had nothing to do with those monies. But if that’s what my accountant is saying then that’s fine.”
Farage himself claimed he was “unpaid during that period of time”. He added: “I packed up business completely in 2004.”
But on his Declaration of Members’ Financial Interests for the European Parliament dated January 2004, he stated that he was paid for being a director of Farage Limited.
He was also company secretary of the firm.
In every annual declaration from 2004 to 2009, Farage stated he was paid for “commodity broking”.
Farage Limited was his only company appointment posted at Companies House.
He later gave the Mirror a longer interview at the Kent home he shares with German-born wife Kirsten.
After inviting us into his kitchen, Farage was asked why he told EU officials he was paid for “commodity broking”, as he had said to our reporter he gave up business in 2004.
He replied: “Just to be careful, purely caution. I was over-declaring. I didn’t need to do it.”
He said he was unpaid as secretary and it was “an act of brotherly love”.
Companies House documents show the offshore trust remained a shareholder in Farage Limited until 2011.
The right-winger insisted it shut down in 2007 or 2008.
He said: “I sent a cheque off to set it up, out of my own taxed income, and basically just through administration fees that money disappeared.”
Accountant Mr Watson said he was not involved in setting up the Isle of Man trust for Farage.
He revealed Farage Limited lost a major client in 2011 and owed unpaid corporation tax.
Six weeks after the Eurosceptic resigned as company secretary in 2011, HMRC filed a petition to wind up the company.
Farage Limited went into a “voluntary arrangement” in 2011, one step short of going into administration.
Its debts of more than £100,000 are due to be paid off by 2017.
Farage on tax
Outspoken Nigel Farage last month told fellow members of the European Parliament they had a “common enemy – rich people, successful companies evading tax”.
The UKIP leader was elected as an MEP in 1999, earning £64,000 a year but he has boasted about claiming £2million in allowances.
Speaking on May 21 this year, he attacked European bureaucrats earning £100,000 a year who pay 12% tax under EU rules.
Farage said: “It is tax fraud on an absolutely massive scale. How can that be deemed to be fair?
“How can people struggling – the 16 million unemployed in the eurozone – look at these institutions, not only paying people vast sums of money but allowing them tax and pension benefits on a scale not seen else in the world?”
Farage has also called for tax cuts for the rich to tackle tax avoidance.
He said: “The biggest reason tax havens are allowed to prosper is we’ve this mindset we must try and get as much tax out of successful individuals as we possible can.
“If you do that, and if you have a complicated tax system, people will do all they can within the law to avoid paying tax.”
Why rich leg it to Isle of Man
Tax and secrecy are the biggest industries on the Isle of Man, employing around a quarter of the island’s 86,000 population.
But the Manx government is coming under new pressure to uncover its financial dealings.
There is no inheritance tax on the island and most companies pay no corporation tax.
Income tax is 20% or lower for individuals and is capped at £120,000 tax a year.
This low-tax culture has created a finance industry generating 40% of the island’s economy, where the average wage is 50% higher than the rest of the UK.
But tax campaigners, such as UK Uncut, have shifted attention to the murky side of island life, helping criminals and tax dodgers hide cash.
A crackdown on tax evasion using the Isle of Man, Jersey and Guernsey is expected to raise £1billion in five years, says HM Revenue & Customs.
1999 Nigel Farage elected to European Parliament
February 2003 Farage, his brother Andrew Farage and a third director set up commodity trading firm Farage Limited.
August 2003 A document filed at Companies House stated that Nigel Farage owned no shares in Farage Limited and the Farage Family Educational Trust 1654 owned 33 shares.
May 2004 Another document filed at Companies House stated that Nigel Farage owned 33 shares in Farage Limited and the Farage Family Educational Trust owned none.
October 2004 Farage was appointed company secretary of Farage Limited.
February 2006 Farage resigned as director of Farage Limited but remained as company secretary.
September 2006 Nigel Farage became leader of UKIP.
November 2009 Nigel Farage stood down as UKIP leader.
November 2010 Farage was re-elected leader of UKIP.
May 2010 Farage failed to win a seat at Westminster in the general election.
February 2011 Nigel Farage resigned as company secretary of Farage Limited.
March 2011 HM Revenue & Customs filed a petition at the High Court to wind up Farage Limited.
July 2011 Farage Limited went into a “voluntary arrangement” to pay off its debts by 2017.
You can read the original Mirror article here
Posted: 21 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: STV | on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 19:26
The UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage has compared elements of Scottish nationalists to the far-right English Defence League.
On Tuesday, the politician visited Aberdeen ahead of the Donside by-election, which will be held on Thursday.
UKIP is fielding candidate Otto Inglis in the contest, which is taking place following the death of SNP MSP Brian Adam after a battle with cancer.
Mr Farage said in an interview with STV’s Political Editor Bernard Ponsonby that some of the roots of the SNP were founded in anti-Englishness.
The 49-year-old, who was barricaded inside an Edinburgh pub during a media conference last month, also compared parts of the Scottish nationalist movement to the EDL.
He said: "We have elements of this in England - we have an English Defence League. I would be in absolutely no doubt in my total condemnation of them and their methods.
"So there's an edge to Scottish nationalism that I think is rather unpleasant."
Asked if it was appropriate to draw comparisons between elements of Scottish nationalism with the EDL, Mr Farage replied: "I think it probably is, yes."
When questioned over previous statements regarding the SNP being anti-English, the UKIP leader said: "If you go back to before, way back into the '30s and '40s, some of the people that founded it were profoundly anti-English."
Asked if he could name one, he replied: "No I can't, but I've read the history of the party."
You can read the original STV article here
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 | There are 4 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Alistair Munro | on: Tuesday, 18 June 2013, 11:22
UKIP leader Nigel Farage’s planned return to Scotland to campaign for the Aberdeen Donside by-election has suffered a major set back before he even touches down – after a party letter was sent to the home of the late MSP Brian Adam.
The death of the SNP politician triggered the Aberdeen Donside by-election, and Mr Farage is due to join the campaign trail later today.
But it has emerged that blundering UKIP party officials sent campaign letters to Mr Adam’s home, a gaffe described by his grieving family as “insensitive”.
A statement released by the family said: “This shows how little UKIP know or care about the people of Aberdeen Donside.
“In an already difficult week for the family, during which we will be reminded of our father as his replacement is elected, it is hurtful that UKIP could be so insensitive - although it does seem to mirror the image they portray.”
And Mark McDonald, SNP candidate for Aberdeen Donside, added: “This indicates that UKIP are as out of touch with Aberdeen as they are offensive.”
However, the UKIP party said it had been an innocent mistake and there had been no intention to cause any offence.
And UKIP candidate Otto Inglis said he would personally apologise to the family as soon as possible.
He said: “There was absolutely no intention to offend the family, and we very much regret it.”
The details of Mr Farage’s latest visit have been kept under wraps, as it comes a month after angry demonstrators hounded him in Edinburgh.
The MEP is due in Aberdeen to raise the profile of his candidate in the Scottish Parliament by-election.
He was targeted by anti-racism protesters as he attempted to host a press conference promoting Mr Inglis in The Canons Gait pub on the Royal Mile, near Holyrood in Edinburgh, on 16 May.
As Mr Farage tried to leave, protesters blocked his path and he was forced to return to the pub, only managing to leave later when a police riot van came to his aid.
Police Scotland said the UKIP leader would receive the same protection as any other visitor to the city.
The venue for the news conference changed a few hours ahead of his flight landing in Aberdeen.
Speak ahead of the visit, he said: “I am thoroughly looking forward to coming back to Scotland again, this time to help our admirable Aberdeen Donside candidate.
“According to what our canvassers are hearing on the doorstep, there is definitely a significant growth in support for the party in Scotland and though we will have to work hard as ever to deserve our votes, that is precisely what we intend to do.
“On fishing right, on wind farms and of course on the constitutional issues, UKIP has a clear and distinct position, one which we discover is getting an ever larger audience.”
You can read the original Scotsman article here
Posted: 18 Jun 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Tom Bristow | on: Wednesday, 12 June 2013, 23:58
A UKIP councillor who shoplifted from Poundstretcher has said he will resign stating the pressure on him was too great.
The resignation of Peter Georgiou, who took Thetford West for UKIP by one vote from Labour, will spark a by-election in Norfolk’s closest-fought division.
It also marks the end of two weeks of speculation surrounding Mr Georgiou’s future after he admitted he was banned from Thetford’s Poundstretcher store in Minstergate for shoplifting last year.
Police dealt with the incident through a “community resolution” in which Mr Georgiou agreed to pay for the goods and was banned from the store.
He put his behaviour down to the result of medication he was taking for depression.
Revealing that he would resign, he told the Eastern Daily Press yesterday that he was shocked by the “mudslinging” against him after his past was made public.
He said: “I am disappointed because we all know there is mudslinging that goes on. I just thought it (the reaction) was a little bit over the top.”
You can read the original EDP24 aricle here
Posted: 12 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Mike Smithson | on: Tuesday, 11 June 2013, 15:13
The June telephone poll from ICM, one of the three remaining regular surveys that carry out their fieldwork in this way, is out and sees a sharp decline for UKIP after reaching 18% last month.
That poll took place while the Farage’s party was enjoying the mass of coverage following its big success in the May 2nd local elections and the good second place in the South Shields by-election.
This month the limelight has been off the party which is clearly reflected in the figures.
But make no mistake – 12% in an ICM phone poll, which many regard as the gold standard, is a very good share for UKIP and is the second highest that we’ve seen from the firm.
Fieldwork for this latest poll took place from Friday until Sunday.
To a question on the handling the slump, both the the blue and red teams are losing trust in parallel. Cameron and Osborne maintain a 9% lead over the TwoEd as the most trusted team for economic management, but only because the LAB two have fallen by the same level.
It should be noted, given my last post, that ICM do not prompt for UKIP.
You can read the original Political Betting article here
Posted: 11 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Tom McTague | on: Friday, 7 June 2013, 09:38
UKIP has been branded Europe’s laziest party after figures revealed its MEPs top the skivers’ league.
Leader Nigel Farage has the fifth worst attendance record out of all 752 MEPs.
His anti-European Union party sidekicks Godfrey Bloom and deputy leader Paul Nuttall, who each pocket more than £60,000 a year in Brussels salaries, are even lazier.
Mr Bloom is second only to Ireland’s Brian Crowley in missed votes — attending less than a third. Mr Nuttall sits fourth last, voting just 46% of the time. The figures, unearthed by the Mirror, mean UKIP has three of the top five laziest MEPs.
Overall, the anti-EU party’s 11 MEPs miss a third of all votes — double the European average. The pro-Europe Lib Dems are the hardest-working British party in Brussels — attending 87% of votes. The Greens come in next on 84.8%, Labour third on 82.7%, and the Tories second from bottom with an 80.4% attendance record.
Labour MP Grahame Morris said: “These figures prove Mr Farage is no Churchill — he’s the leader of Europe’s laziest party.”
Labour MEP leader Glenis Willmott added: “They claim to be protecting British interests, but when decisions are made in committees, UKIP are nowhere to be seen. When crucial votes are taken, Nigel Farage leaves the chamber. Where’s the British interest in that?”
Conservative MEP leader Richard Ashworth said: “UKIP bank the salary, pocket the expenses, but don’t turn up to do the work. They let their country down. If you’re working for constituents, you’re in doing the hard graft, not lording it around the pub the way these people seem to. They’ve all the yap, none of the action.”
UKIP attendance at European committee meetings is even worse than its MEPs’ voting record — standing at just 30%.
Mr Nuttall has attended just two out of 56 meetings of the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee since June 2010. Colleague Trevor Colman has been at one of 52 gatherings of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee.
Minutes show Mr Farage attended just one of 42 Fisheries Committee meetings between February 2010 and his resignation from all committees in January this year.
UKIP said: “It is laughable to suggest Farage is lazy. His work rate is probably the highest of any MEP — it’s just he’s not doing what they’d like him to do.
“We are not in Brussels to make the EU work. We’re there to do the bidding of those who vote for us, and that is a very different thing.”Original Article The Daily Mirror
Posted: 7 Jun 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 19:28
UKIP leader Nigel Farage has a habit of telling those daft enough to listen that his party do not tolerate racists within their ranks. He claims that once he and his party are aware the racist members are given short shrift and are booted out of the party.
The reality as we have now learnt is somewhat different, some are given nothing more than a wishy washy reprimand, whilst others are given no punishment whatsover, with some receiving UKIP's official seal of approval.
Well it's time for Nigel to put his money where his mouth is and deal with a Stoke on Trent UKIP supporter we have discovered who has bigotry oozing from every pore.
Mick Parker proudly tells everyone he is a UKIP supporter and displays one of their rosettes on his Facebook page.
That isn't the only thing he proudly posts however, as his profile is chock full of blatant racism and bigotry.
If that isn't enough for Nigel, Parker is also a self confessed supporter of the thuggish EDL. UKIP have proscribed the EDL along with the BNP.
We call on the UKIP leadership to distance themselves from Parker and remove him from the party if he is a member, but as we have seen earlier this week UKIP talk the talk but don't walk the walk.
Hope not Hate will be handing his file to the police for their opinion.
Posted: 6 Jun 2013 | There are 18 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Sam Russell | on: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 10:36
A UKIP county councillor has denied claims he offered confidential Conservative Party data to Labour councillors – as a formal complaint was lodged.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has confirmed that it is carrying out enquiries into allegations made about Matthew Smith, who won Gorleston St Andrew’s division last month.
It comes after a formal complaint was yesterday submitted to the ICO by Ormesby borough Conservative councillor Charles Reynolds.
The allegations date back to 2011, shortly after Mr Smith left his role working for the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association.
In his letter to the ICO, Councillor Reynolds alleged: “In early 2011 a Mr Matthew Smith... a former employee of the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association, downloaded without permission all the data information held by the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association and then approached the Great Yarmouth Labour Party to offer them this information which they quite rightly refused to accept.”
In recent years Mr Smith has climbed from administrative clerk to county councillor and UKIP party agent – and is also UKIP’s contender to topple Great Yarmouth MP Brandon Lewis from power at the next general election.
He has been UKIP agent for Great Yarmouth since before the borough elections in May 2012, was elected as Gorleston St Andrew’s county councillor on May 2 this year and named as UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for Great Yarmouth in a national newspaper story on Sunday, May 19.
Mr Smith denied the allegations and said: “They’re doing this to discredit the party locally after they got an absolute drubbing [at the Norfolk County Council elections]. It’s an attempt at trial by media and what can I do? Absolutely nothing. It’s rubbish and it isn’t even possible for me to do that [take the Conservative data] because of the way the data is protected in the Conservative Association.
“What they’re accusing is impossible.”
He added he would be happy to answer questions “when they produce the evidence”.
Mr Reynolds’ complaint goes on to allege: “Due to circumstances surrounding the sad death of the then chairman of the Great Yarmouth Conservative Association... this incident was never formally reported as it should have been.
“I will be raising this issue at an executive meeting of the Great Yarmouth Association on Thursday, June 13, 2013 and I expect the association will also make a formal complaint after that meeting.
“On Monday of this week a meeting was held between myself, (a former council cabinet member and deputy leader), the present leader of the borough council, councillor Trevor Wainwright, the chairman of the Labour Party and also a borough council cabinet member, Mr Bernard Williamson, (both of whom were offered this information by Mr Smith at the time and are willing to substantiate this complaint), Mr Steve Ames, former council leader, Mr Ian McCreadie, incoming chairman of Great Yarmouth Conservative Association at that time to discuss this matter.
“At that meeting all persons concerned agreed to pursue this matter and act as witnesses regarding this breach of confidential information.”
An ICO spokesperson said last night: “We can confirm that we have received Mr Reynolds’ complaint.
“We will now be carrying out further inquiries before deciding whether further action is required.”
The chairman who passed away and is referred to in the complaint is former Conservative Bradwell South and Hopton ward councillor Mike Butcher, who died in August 2011 aged 66.
On its website the ICO describes itself as “The Information Commissioner’s Office’s mission is to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.
“We rule on eligible complaints, give guidance to individuals and organisations, and take appropriate action when the law is broken.”
You can read the original EDP24 story here
Posted: 6 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Joe Willis | on: Thursday, 6 June 2013, 08:02
A former UKIP canvasser who allegedly posted anti-Muslim comments and racist pictures online has been arrested.
Police quizzed pensioner Tony Nixon in connection with a Facebook account containing jokes about destroying mosques, setting Muslims on fire and running over people from Pakistan with a bus.
The 66-year-old, of Great Broughton, near Stokesley, North Yorkshire, was arrested by Stokesley police on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred under the Public Order Act.
He was released on bail while inquiries continue.
The arrest comes after a Facebook account allegedly belonging to Mr Nixon was seized on by anti-fascist activists when he claimed to have canvassed 800 homes in the Stokesley area for Ukip ahead of last month's local elections.
Campaigners claimed Mr Nixon's comments proved that Ukip had members with far-right sympathies.
The account features several offensive photographs, including an image of President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, which had been doctored to make the couple look like monkeys and a photograph of pigs eating copies of the Koran.
In one post, Mr Nixon allegedly tells a friend that the English Defence League and Ukip are on the same side "in the fight against traitors to Britain".
Another post states: "Instead of turning Ground Zero into a mosque why not turn some mosques into ground zero?"
The comments were reported to the police by The Northern Echo.
At the time UKIP said it was shocked to learn of Mr Nixon's views, which it said were not representative of the party.
Mr Nixon's membership was suspended pending an urgent investigation.
The comments were condemned by Ged Grebby, from the North-East-based Show Racism the Red Card group and anti-racism pressure group Hope Not Hate, which originally exposed the account.
A spokeswoman for North Yorkshire Police said: “We can confirm that a 66-year-old man from Great Broughton was arrested on May 23, 2013 after racist and offensive comments were posted on a Facebook page.
“The man has been released on police bail while the investigation continues.”
You can read the original Northern Echo article here
Posted: 6 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Andrew Hirst | on: Wednesday, 5 June 2013, 13:49
A UKIP councillor’s hopes to become an MEP have been dashed after the party barred him from standing in response to allegations of racism.
Lincolnshire County Council’s ward-holder for Burgh and Wainfleet Coun Chris Pain has been categorised as ‘not a member of good standing’ for at least three months while police investigate the claims.
The Sunday Mirror and Hope not Hate campaign group last month published Facebook posts in which Coun Pain allegedly labelled immigrants as ‘bomb-making, camel-riding, goat-******* ragheads’ among other offensive terms. Coun Pain denies the allegations, claiming his account was hacked as part of a malicious attack against him and the party.
The former East Midlands party chairman had been poised to replace Derek Clark MEP as a candidate in next June’s European Elections.
But with only members of good standing permitted to apply before this month’s deadline, Coun Pain will be ineligible.
Although UKIP has delayed making a decision on Coun Pain’s future with the party, pending the investigation, he was suspended from its National Executive Committee at Monday’s meeting.
The NEC made no decision on Coun Pain’s role as the leader of the opposition at Lincolnshire County Council, having had no involvement with his appointment.
UKIP chairman Steve Crowther said: “The NEC has decided to suspend judgement pending the outcome of Lincolnshire Police’s investigations into the allegations, and into the alleged hacking of Coun Pain’s Facebook account.
“Mr Pain is to step down as chairman of the party’s East Midlands Regional Committee in the meantime.
“He will continue to represent the electors who voted him onto Lincolnshire County Council.”
Mr Crowther said that while the party ‘deplores racism’ there were doubts about the validity of the allegations made against him.
“UKIP deplores racism, but is also aware that the party is under concerted attack from political organisations such as Hope Not Hate who are attempting to thwart our progress,” he said.
“We will deal with any proven instance of genuine racism appropriately, but will resist politically-motivated campaigns designed to inhibit our growing popular support.
“We are aware of the increasing amount of internet hacking and counterfeiting, and will continue to work with the police and service providers to establish the veracity of any such allegations which may be made, and their sources.”
Coun Pain has been advised not to speak publicly on the decision.
You can read the original article in the Skegness Standard
Posted: 5 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 4 June 2013, 18:57
Confusion appears to be the name of the game regarding UKIP's NEC meeting held yesterday in London.
Maybe UKIP HQ are suffering from collective sunstroke following todays fantastic weather.
High on the agenda was the alleged offensive behaviour by three of Lincolnshire's brand new UKIP county councillors, Chris Pain, Tiggs Keywood-Wainwright and Alan Jesson.
Chris Pain is also the East Midlands regional chairman of UKIP and is leader of the opposition on Lincolnshire County Council.
The official line from UKIP HQ is that Chris Pain has been suspended from their NEC pending the result of a police investigation into Pain's offensive remarks and the alleged hacking of his computer as Chris Pain denies responsibility for the posting of the messages.
Along with his suspension, Pain has also had a number of sanctions imposed on him by the party also pending the result of the police investigation.
Yet in the official statement issued by party chairman Steve Crowther there is no mention of either the suspension or sanctions.
Crowther in fact uses the statement to attack Hope not Hate for placing his party under close scrutiny.
Even stranger are the fairytales spun by Chris Pain to the local media, far from being suspended Pain claims he has stepped aside as the Eastern Chairman as a "gesture of goodwill".and that he has already been "cleared" by the NEC pending the result of the police enquiry.
However, it appears Pain did not have official permission to talk to the media according to UKIP HQ who appear less than happy that Pain might have let the "cat out of the bag".
Party Chairman Steve Crowther in his statement also failed any mention of the enquiry into the behaviour of Keywood-Wainwright and Jesson.We can reveal that the two appear to have received little more than an official slap on the hand and told not to repeat their misdemeanors in the future.
I have always loved fudge, but I feel slightly queasy by the large helping dished out today by UKIP HQ.
Steve Crowther's statement in full:
"The NEC has decided to suspend judgement pending the outcome of Lincolnshire Police's investigations into the allegations, and into the alleged hacking of Cllr Pain's Facebook account. Mr Pain is to step down as chairman of the party's East Midlands Regional Committee in the meantime. He will continue to represent the electors who voted him onto Lincolnshire County Council.
"UKIP deplores racism, but is also aware that the party is under concerted attack from political organisations such as Hope Not Hate who are attempting to thwart our progress. We will deal with any proven instance of genuine racism appropriately, but will resist politically-motivated campaigns designed to inhibit our growing popular support.
"We are aware of the increasing amount of internet hacking and counterfeiting, and will continue to work with the police and service providers to establish the veracity of any such allegations which may be made, and their sources."
Posted: 4 Jun 2013 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Salina Patel | on: Monday, 3 June 2013, 19:26
Four borough councillors in Feltham and Hanworth who quit the Tory party within days of each other have joined UKIP.
The political switch came to light this week after Councillor Gillian Hutchinson (Feltham North) became the latest to quit the Hounslow Conservative group, following Colin Botterill (Feltham West), Rebecca Stewart and Beverley Williams (Hanworth Park).
They are said to have moved due to differences with the the Feltham & Heston Conservative Association, as well as lack of support in the Tory party.
Hounslow Conservative Leader Peter Thompson, said: "It is indeed true that councillors Hutchinson, Stewart and Williams were facing disciplinary proceedings for breaking group rules. But I am still saddened that they have decided to leave the party for which they were elected only two years ago."
He added: "I am extremely disappointed and surprised that councillor Botterill has resigned from the Conservative Party."
One of the defectors, Rebecca Stewart said on Friday: "There have been association issues and I wasn't particularly happy and neither was councillor Williams with the way the (Feltham and Heston) association things were being run. There was also a lack of support from some of the officers from the Conservative Group.
"We want to reassure residents we are still their local councillors and our work in the community will still continue."
Original Article via The Hounslow Chronicle
Posted: 3 Jun 2013 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Timur Moon | on: Saturday, 1 June 2013, 21:31
A Ukip activist has provoked revulsion after branding the family of the murdered British soldier Lee Rigby "idiots" for issuing an appeal for calm in the wake of the Woolwich attack.
In a statement on Friday 31 May, Rigby's family including his mother Lyn, stepfather Ian, wife Rebecca and son Jack, said: "We would like to emphasise that Lee would not want people to use his name as an excuse to carry out attacks against others. We would not wish any other families to go through this harrowing experience and appeal to everyone to keep calm and show their respect in a peaceful manner."
Writing on Twitter, Ukip's Marty Caine said: "Like a lot of idiots they believe the EDL are right-wing fascists I suppose."
Caine is a Ukip activist in Poole and Mid-Dorset, and has described his role as "the creation and implementation of various social media sites to help promote Ukip, which includes the building and maintaining of our branch website and forum".
Caine posted the offensive comments under his personal Twitter account "Marty Caine UKIP".
The remarks prompted widespread anger across social networking sites.
But Caine refused to retract his comments, saying they had been taken "out of context".
"It is generally best to ignore idiots. Thats what I do," Caine said in a later post.
He added: "The multicultural thing is not exactly working too well right now. It is a sad day when people no longer have the right to protest about the things that are wrong in Britain."
Police fear an anti-Islamic backlash following the tragedy in Woolwich, with a sharp increase in hate crimes across the country, including attacks on mosques, and violence against foreigners by suspected right-wing thugs.
EDL leader Tommy Robinson led a rally of more than 1,000 EDL protesters in central London last week, where 13 people were arrested.
In the wake of the Woolwich attacks, Caine voiced sympathy for the EDL, saying he was "impressed with their restraint".
Mosques have been targeted in arson attacks and a series of marches by white nationalist groups including the English Defence League and the British National Party are planned for central London and cities across Britain.
Suspects Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebolawe have both been charged with murder and other terrorist offences after being shot by police marksmen as they lingered at the scene of his death.
Nick Lowles, founder of anti-extremist group Hope Not Hate, called Caine's remarks "disgusting".
Lowles added: "Marty Caine is well known for his fierce and bullish defence of Ukip. He also advocates the violent thugs of the EDL. Surely Nigel Farage and Ukip have to kick out this sick individual from their party?"
Neither Ukip nor Caine returned our calls on Saturday 1 June.
You can read the original IBT article here
Posted: 1 Jun 2013 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments