Arron Banks’ spin doctor tells HOPE not hate founder: “I know where you live”

David Lawrence - 21 04 17

Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU communications director and close associate of multi-millionaire Clacton candidate Arron Banks, has threatened HOPE not hate founder Nick Lowles on Twitter.

Wigmore told Lowles: “I know where you live”, sparking an online row after Lowles announced HOPE not hate would be making Clacton its top campaigning priority in the upcoming General Election, set to take place on 8 June 2017.

Nick Lowles’ surprised reaction to threat

Wigmore has an umbilical connection to Banks, the former UKIP multi-millionaire donor and Leave.EU executive chair, who is contesting the Clacton seat currently held by his arch-rival, former UKIP MP Douglas Carswell.

Despite Carswell’s announcement that he will not stand for re-election in Clacton – and Banks’ own admission that he knows “nothing about Clacton at all” – Banks still intends to stand, although it is uncertain whether he will do so on a UKIP ticket.

Banks’ and Wigmore’s unofficial Leave.EU campaign became notorious during the EU Referendum for its relentless and often xenophobic focus on immigration.

Leave.EU was also criticised for publishing the mobile phone numbers of Carswell, UKIP moderate Suzanne Evans, BBC Westminster head Robbie Gibb and chief executive of the official Vote Leave campaign Matthew Elliot on its website, and for encouraging supporters to pressure them to include former UKIP leader and Leave.EU figurehead Nigel Farage on a BBC debate on the EU Referendum. Leave.EU’s actions prompted a cease and desist notice from Carswell.

We intend to oppose the divisive intimidation tactics of Wigmore and Banks in Clacton with a positive message of unity, to ensure that hate does not triumph over hope on 8 June.


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