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Ukip keeps on tearing itself apart

Issue No. 2517

Ukip is in crisis after party leader Nigel Farage resigned after the EU referendum

Ukip is in crisis after party leader Nigel Farage resigned after the EU referendum (Pic: Guy Smallman)


The racist Ukip party is losing money and members. It was over £850,000 in deficit last year and its membership dropped 4.5 percent.

The party is mired in crisis after leader Nigel Farage resigned, fuelling a bitter fight for control in the party.

Leaked emails to the Mail on Sunday newspaper exposed the divisions. One email from Ukip funder Arron Banks attacked Ukip’s Neil Hamilton, an opponent of Farage, as a “corrupt old Tory”.

Another email from a senior member targeted the party’s only MP, Douglas Carswell.

It read, “I am compiling the case against Carswell already. We should have the votes. He expects to be reselected in spring next year. Let’s hope he is toast by then.”

Ukip attracted some Tories by being more right wing. But some Ukip members resent the “takeover” and don’t trust their new allies.

Steven Woolfe, the leadership favourite blocked from standing, has called for the national executive to be abolished. Other Farage allies want to scrap Ukip and set up a new party.


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