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posted by: Joe Murphy | on: Wednesday, 30 July 2014, 16:36
A former brothel madam who served time in prison has re-emerged as a Ukip fundraiser and supporter.
Vanessa Coleman, 68, is organising the opening of a regional HQ in Bournemouth and has hosted events , including a sponsored slim and a £12.50 per head “VIP afternoon tea” with former MP Neil Hamilton.
A photograph of her with Ukip leader Nigel Farage at a garden party features on her Facebook pages, where she is friends with MEP Godfrey Bloom, and on Twitter, where she is knows as @MadamVanessa.
She was jailed for eight months in 2006 after being found guilty of running venues for prostitution and possessing counterfeit goods.
Ms Coleman describes herself as an entrepreneur and carer, as well as “Patriotic” and a Ukip supporter.
Her memoirs, An Accidental Madam .... a true story, tell of working as a dominatrix and employing up to 30 working girls.
A Ukip spokesman said: “We’ve got nothing to say on this.”
Posted: 30 Jul 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Zoah Hedges-Stocks | on: Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 11:59
A UKIP councillor has been accused of “scaring people with made-up information” after he branded an Islamic procession in Ilford “a call to war”.
The parade was actually Jaloos, an annual Muslim event to commemorate the martyrdom of the first Shia Imam, Imam Ali. Jaloos is celebrated across the world with similar processions.
Epping Forest councillor Rod Butler, from the UK Independence Party, tweeted a link to a video of the Jaloos and said: “Nice Islamic call to war in Ilford Essex today. Police didn’t bother to intervene, they didn’t understand language.”
Cllr Rod Butler didn’t understand the language either, because according to local Muslim activist Ale Natiq, the ‘call to war’ he heard were actually Panjabi and Urdu hymns recalling the of the holy Imam to “rekindle the spirit of standing up to injustice and rejecting tyranny”- the opposite of a ‘call to war’.
Mr Natiq, who lives in Ilford, said of Cllr Butler’s tweet: “This clearly shows not just Rod’s lack of knowledge on the subject he is talking about but also sheer dishonesty.
“This was not a random event, it was a pre-planned event which takes place at this location every year with the permission of the council and the police.
“Rod has claimed that it was a ‘call for war’ but has failed to back it up with evidence.
“He claims police could not do anything because they didn’t understand the language but maybe Rod can translate and provide us evidence which part of the event/speech was a ‘call to war’?”
Responding to the comments, Cllr Butler – who did not attend the event – admitted he had “limited knowledge” of Islam and said he was grateful for Mr Natiq’s explanation.
“However to an onlooker who has no knowledge of this kind of event, the extremely large gathering could be quite frightening and intimidating,” he told London24’s sister paper, the Ilford Recorder.
“Tolerance is important and I hope that if there was a British event like this in an Arab country about the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, the host Arab country would be equally tolerant.
“We have seen events like this in the open many times before in other areas, and where translations were made, it was found that ‘preachers’ were actually inciting violence.
“Today our young are also being encouraged to take up arms and go to fight in Syria by ‘preachers’.
“It would be in the organisers’ interest to give a brief translation in English to members of the public who may be concerned, or possibly hold the event in a mosque where everyone there understands the history and the ritual of the event.”
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 29 July 2014, 11:49
A Kirklees UKIP branch chairman may have to resign his position after being found guilty of assaulting his wife.
Greg Broome, Chairman of the Colne Valley UKIP branch, was found guilty at Kirklees Magistrates Court yesterday.
The court was told that Broome had cut his wife’s lip when he attempted to silence her during an argument at their home in August 2012.
Broome had split from his wife but the pair and their children were still living together, the court was told.
The UKIP man admitted the charge in a police interview and added he was sorry for causing the injury.
Greg Broome was handed a six-month conditional discharge.
The former UKIP candidate was also ordered to pay £620 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.
Posted: 29 Jul 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Friday, 25 July 2014, 22:32
The UKIP prospective parliamentary candidate for the Great Yarmouth constituency in the next general election has been forced to step down after he was charged with a number of electoral fraud charges.
Matthew Smith appeared at Norwich Crown Court today and denied all charges against him.
Smith, who is the Norfolk county councillor for Gorleston St Andrews division denied six counts of making a false statement in nomination papers. He also denied three counts of making a false instrument with intent.
The charges are in relation to nomination papers put forward in the Norfolk County Council elections held in the Great Yarmouth district between March and April, last year.
Smith appeared alongside Michael Monk and Daniel Thistlewaite also both pleaded not guilty to one charge of making a false statement in nomination papers.
The case was adjourned and all three have been given bail.
A trial date has been fixed for January 5, next year.
Posted: 25 Jul 2014 | There are 0 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Thursday, 24 July 2014, 20:00
A former Ukip MEP has been charged by West Midlands Police with money laundering and misconduct in public office after an inquiry into her expense claims.
Nikki Sinclaire was the UKIP MEP for the West Midlands lost her seat in the EU in May
The CPS confirmed that the offences were alleged to have been committed between October 2009 and July 2010.
A police spokesman said:
"Ms Sinclaire is due to appear at Birmingham magistrates court on 17 September, where she will hear claims that she made false and dishonest submissions for travelling expenses and transferred the proceeds of fraud through a bank account in her name.
"The offences are alleged to have taken place between 1 October 2009 and 31 July 2010, when Ms Sinclaire was a serving member of the European parliament.
"Throughout the investigation, West Midlands police have been working jointly with officers from the European anti-fraud office."
Simon Orme, a specialist lawyer with the CPS special crime division, said: "It is alleged that, between October 2009 and July 2010, while serving as an MEP, Ms Sinclaire used funds paid into her bank account by the European parliament in respect of false travelling expenses claims.
"Ms Sinclaire has also been charged with misconduct in a public office with regard to her actions.
"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the code for crown prosecutors. We have determined that there is a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is in the public interest.
"Criminal proceedings have now commenced and Ms Sinclaire has the right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."
Posted: 24 Jul 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Wednesday, 23 July 2014, 20:09
A controversial UKIP councillor has again been making the headlines for the wrong reason after he claimed that people who are 'Fat, Thick And Poor' are very happy to be burdens on the state.
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Gordon Gillick claimed that poor people's "attitude" would prevent the council from effectively tackling poverty.
“The people we describe as obese, thick, badly educated, whichever way you like to phrase it, they’re very, very content," he said. “They enjoy being 25 stone, they’re not discontent, they’re just a burden on the state.”
Gillick is the same UKIP councillor who was forced to apologise after he labelled children in care "takers" from society.
Posted: 23 Jul 2014 | There are 2 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 22 July 2014, 20:52
A war of words has broken out amongst Bolton UKIP officials after one of their councillors on Bolton Council refused to apologise for making sexist comments on social media.
Paul Richardson made the comments after the government reshuffle just last week.
The reshuffle saw five female MPs made into senior ministers by PM David Cameron.
Richardson wrote “Cameron promotes more women to the Cabinet. Well, they can take it in turns to make the tea — only joking!”
UKIP’s Bolton chairman, Joan Johnson, said she was offended by Cllr Richardson’s remarks and was “very sad” about the post.
“At the end of the day it’s his idea of joke, and frankly he should know better to put it on Facebook for the world to see. It’s very unwise.
“He should apologise. I also take it personally as a woman, as I do believe in equal rights and equality.
Will UKIP take action against Richardson or will they let his comments go unpunished?
Posted: 22 Jul 2014 | There are 1 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Tuesday, 15 July 2014, 17:59
Bad news for UKIP it seems as their popularity apears to be on a downward curve.
Support for the xenophobic party has plummented according to a new survey conducted by the Guardian/ICM poll.
UKIP has fallen acked to single figures at only 9%, down 7% from just last month.
ICM research interviewed a random sample of 1,000 adults aged 18+ by telephone on 11-13 July 2014. Interviews were conducted across the country.
Posted: 15 Jul 2014 | There are 5 comments | make a comment/view comments
posted by: Simon Cressy | on: Saturday, 5 July 2014, 15:05
All is not well in Tunbridge Wells UKIP.
Rival factions are gathering to oust the long standing chairman Councillor Victor Webb, who secured the first Ukip seat on Tunbridge Wells Borough Council in 2011.
An extraordinary general meeting has been called this week where local UKIP members are being called on to vote Webb out of his position of chairman of the Tunbridge Wells constituency branch.
Webb blames fellow UKIP councillor Piers Wauchope for the plans to oust him.
Speaking to the local media, Webb said “I would feel let down and feel it was manoeuvring by Piers who seems to be on his own agenda. I have spent 14 years slogging away for Ukip, I believe in its principles and I am hoping Piers will be removed and when he is there will be a happy ship again. One member of Ukip has written to me and said ‘this stinks’.”
Tunbridge Wells UKIP has imploded, we wonder if this malaise in the party will spread to other regions of Kent ?
Posted: 5 Jul 2014 | There are 3 comments | make a comment/view comments