Telegraph (by Paul Nuttall)
During the past fortnight, Ukip has not covered itself in glory: A leadership resignation, an alleged punch-up , claims, counter-claims , a collapse, and a hospital bed. I wasn’t in Strasbourg when all the madness occurred, I was in the UK. Being over 700 miles away from the eye of the storm, however, probably gave me greater perspective. It also allowed me to see what the public was seeing, and it wasn’t good. In the short term, it has undoubtedly hurt us as a movement. At the moment, people think of the terms “Ukip” and “shambles” as synonymous. In the longer-term, though, the shenanigans in the European Parliament may have served a purpose, as I think the vast majority of people in Ukip are finally beginning to wake up and accept that we are in an existential crisis. It is clear to me that if the infighting doesn’t stop immediately, then Ukip will slip onto a downward spiral which it will not be able to get out of. To prevent this, the party needs unity. It needs its leading lights to focus their guns on the enemy, not on each other. We now have the opportunity to halt the bitter infighting that has ravaged Ukip for the past eighteen months. We have a new leadership election, the second in four months, which offers a clean slate. The new leader, whoever he or she may be, needs to be committed to bringing the warring factions together. They must ensure that Ukip is a big tent in which talents are utilised, not marginalised, and a voice is given to everyone.
UKIP leadership contender Steven Woolfe has quit the party Monday evening following a physical confrontation with a fellow MEP which left him hospitalised. Mr. Woolfe announced his resignation and intention to continue sitting in the European Parliament as an independent on Monday evening in a letter that heaped praised UKIP interim leader Nigel Farage, but scathed the bitter infighting and factionalism that has gripped the party since he announced his intention to leave the party leadership. Reproduced in the Spectator, the letter thanked the medical staff who attended to him after his altercation with fellow MEP Mike Hookem, against whom Woolfe confirmed he has made a formal police complaint.
Ukip leadership frontrunner Steven Woolfe has resigned from the party just weeks after collapsing in the EU parliament following an altercation with a fellow MEP. Woolfe said he has “come to the conclusion that UKIP is ungovernable without Nigel Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite it”. Woolfe, who joined Ukip six years ago, said the party is “riddled with infighting, proxy wars between rival camps and is run by an NEC that is not fit for purpose”. Mr Woolfe was involved in an altercation with fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem in Strasbourg on October 6. Mr Woolfe reiterated in his resignation statement that he “received a blow” from Mr Hookem and said he has made a police complaint. He added: “The events at the meeting in Strasbourg led to me later being treated by doctors for two seizures, partial paralysis and loss of feeling in my face and body.”
A UKIP MEP who spent three nights in hospital after a row with a party colleague is quitting the party, saying it is in a “death spiral”. Steven Woolfe, who had been running to be the next leader, told the BBC there was “something rotten” in the party. He also accused fellow MEP Mike Hookem of inflicting a “blow” to his face in the row at a party meeting. Mr Hookem has acknowledged a “scuffle” but said he “categorically did not” throw a punch at his colleague. Mr Woolfe was rushed to hospital after collapsing following the incident, which UKIP described as an “altercation”, and came during a meeting to discuss reports the North West England MEP had had discussions about joining the Conservatives.
UKIP’s Steven Woolfe has quit the party after making a police complaint over a row with another of the party’s MEPs. Mr Woolfe said the party was “riddled with infighting, proxy wars between rival camps and is run by an NEC that is not fit for purpose”. He recently spent time in hospital in Strasbourg after an argument with Mike Hookem. Referring to what happened in the French city, Mr Woolfe said: “With regards to the highly regrettable events in Strasbourg, I will reiterate my position that I received a blow from Mr Hookem that knocked me back into the meeting room and caused my subsequent injuries.
UKIP will open nominations for their new leadership challenge today, just hours after its Chairman warned there would be no new leader until after Christmas. Despite Chairman Paul Oakden appearing on BBC Radio 4 this morning to insist there was “no need to rush” before the party’s national executive committee met this afternoon, Ukip have now confirmed they will have a new leader in place by Novemeber 28th. Mr Oakden claimed a new leader could not be installed until the alleged altercation between leadership favourite Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem had been investigated. However, in the last few moments it has emerged that in a shock U-turn, Steven Woolfe is retiring from Ukip.
Steven Woolfe has quit Ukip, abandoning his bid to replace Nigel Farage as leader and branding the party “ungovernable.” The MEP said there was a “poisonous atmosphere” in the party, and said it was “riddled with infighting” between rival factions. And he told the BBC the party is in a “death spiral” without Nigel Farage at the helm. It comes after he was treated in hospital for seizures after an ‘altercation’ at a “clear the air” meeting of the party’s MEPs in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. In a statement, he said: “I believe that a strong Ukip would hold this government’s feet to the fire and make sure it delivers a clean Brexit . However, I have come to the conclusion that Ukip is ungovernable without Nigel Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite it.
Steven Woolfe, the Ukip leadership frontrunner, has quit the party, saying that the party has become ungovernable and is in “a death spiral” without Nigel Farage at the helm. The MEP said he had reconsidered his ambitions to lead the party after a public altercation with fellow Ukip MEP Mike Hookem outside a meeting in Strasbourg and subsequent seizures that left Woolfe hospitalised. He said he had come to the conclusion that Ukip was ungovernable without Farage leading it and the referendum cause to unite the party. He also told the BBC that Ukip had entered a “death spiral, of their own making”. With the backing of the major Ukip donor Arron Banks, Woolfe had been the favourite to take over the party after Diane James – who succeeded Farage – lasted just 18 days in the job.
The Ukip leadership candidate who got in a fight with a fellow MEP has tonight quit the party claiming it has no future as it is ‘ingovernable’ and ‘riddled with infighting’. Steven Woolfe, 49, announced his decision as he filed a complaint with French police claiming his former colleague Mike Hookem punched him during the scuffle at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The North West MEP, who got into the row after he admitted to Ukip MEPs that he had been in talks with the Tories about defecting, said he would keep his seat as an independent. Mr Woolfe said: ‘It is with deep sorrow and regret that I am aborting my leadership campaign and announcing my resignation from Ukip with immediate effect. ‘I believe that a strong Ukip would hold this government’s feet to the fire and make sure it delivers a clean Brexit.
THE Euro is a ticking time bomb which will soon blow up and wipe out the whole EU project in its wake, the currency’s creator has said in an extraordinary warning today. In an explosive intervention professor Otmar Issing predicted that Brussels’ dream of a European superstate will finally be buried amongst the rubble of the crumbling single currency he designed. The respected economist launched a withering attack on eurocrats and German leader Angela Merkel, accusing them of betraying the principles of the euro and demonstrating scandalous incompetence over its management. And he savaged the whole idea of a United States of Europe, saying the attempt to push through federalisation by the back door had churned the ground the currency was built on into a quagmire of patchwork legislation, into which it is fast sinking.
Once Britain triggers its formal divorce from the European Union by invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, there is no going back on the decision, the government’s top lawyer told the High Court on Monday. As Britain moves towards exiting the world’s biggest trading bloc after June’s vote that shocked financial markets, there is debate over how one of the most complex negotiations in recent history will work. London’s view that Article 50 cannot be reversed is also at odds with recent statements from Brussels. The government is facing a legal challenge by claimants who say that only parliament can decide when, how and whether to trigger the formal divorce by invoking Article 50.
Britain might continue to pay billions of pounds into the European Union’s budget after Brexit to maintain single-market access for the City of London and other sectors under plans being discussed by government, the Financial Times reported. Prime Minister Theresa May’s recent rhetoric has perturbed some investors who fear Britain could give up trying to remain in the EU’s single market in order to impose controls on immigration from the other 27 EU member states. But the Financial Times said on Monday May had not ruled out making future payments to the EU to secure privileged access to the single market. Finance is among the sectors most likely to benefit in any deal that recognised the “equivalence” of regulatory regimes, the FT said.
BRITISH consumers are being scandalously fleeced by a skewed system of protectionist EU taxes which cost shoppers an eye-watering £3BILLION every year. A stinging expose has lifted the lid on the sordid network of 12,000 EU import tariffs on everything from unicycles to tomato ketchup, which are doing serious damage to the UK economy. In a scathing critique of the Single Market project a leading economics expert concludes a recent explosion in the number of restrictive taxes imposed on Britain by eurocrats is hitting consumers in their pockets. The verdict, by Economic Policy Centre (EPC) chief executive Dan Lewis, comes after Remain backers warned that a fall in the value of the pound post-Brexit would push up the cost of people’s weekly shop.
Anti-Brexit MPs are deliberately trying to delay Britain leaving the European Union (EU), one of their leaders has admitted. Pro-Brussels politicians from all parties are demanding to know the government’s negotiating stance so they can force a binding Commons vote and defeat it, according to former Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg. The Mail reports that Mr Clegg has teamed up with former Labour leader Ed Miliband and pro-EU rebel Tories to frustrate Britain’s exit from the EU. The MPs have previously denied they were trying to delay the triggering of Article 50, but Mr Clegg admitted on Sunday that their plan could hold things up – and claimed that would be a “good thing”. Speaking on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show, he denied being a “Bremoaner” who could not accept the outcome of June’s referendum, instead accusing Leave supporters of being in a state of “Brenial”.
A LABOUR MP today claimed that the UK needs another referendum on the fine details of the UK’s vote to leave the EU. During the debate on the petitions to have a second referendum, MP Geraint Davies said that the British public should be given the right to vote again on the actual Brexit package the country will get. Mr Davies, the MP for Swansea West, claimed that as soon as Article 50 is triggered, the UK has no negotiation powers and the country has been sold “a false promise”. During the debate in the Houses of Parliament the MP said that once the Government knows the details of the Brexit deal, the British people should be given the choice of whether they wish to proceed and if they do not agree with the terms, the UK should be able to stay in the EU and admit that “it has all been a terrible mistake”.
Consent from Parliament is “not required” for Theresa May to go ahead with getting Brexit under way, the High Court has heard. Attorney General Jeremy Wright said it was a “proper and well established” principle that governments use the royal prerogative in such cases. But those bringing the case argue that it is vital MPs and peers get a say. Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, which starts the Brexit process, is to be triggered by the end of next March. Campaigners say the prime minister lacks the power to do this without the prior authorisation of Parliament.
Britain and New Zealand agreed on Monday to set up regular trade policy talks to help push for greater global trade liberalisation and reform as Britain leaves the European Union, trade minister Liam Fox said. Britain, which voted to leave the bloc in June, is keen to court countries outside the EU on trade, but cannot formally agree any deals until it has left the bloc, a process which will take at least two years from when it starts divorce talks. “In leaving the EU, we have the opportunity to drive even greater openness and put Britain at the forefront of global trade,” Fox said in a statement after meeting New Zealand’s minister of trade, Todd McClay. “This new trade policy dialogue reflects a strong political commitment from New Zealand and the UK to take the lead in pushing for greater global trade liberalisation and reform and I look forward to working closely with them.”
The Government will not make its decision over airport expansion this week, as had been expected. The issue is to be discussed at Cabinet on Tuesday morning, but Number 10 now accepts the decision will be made “soon” rather than definitely by the end of the month. It had been thought that Number 10 favoured a compromise approach of expansion at both Heathrow and Gatwick airports. But in recent days there has been a sharp push-back against that idea by other airport groups, in particular the owners of London Stansted, the Manchester Airport Group.
At least 70% of Brits would happily pay an extra 1p in every pound if that money was guaranteed to go to the NHS, an exclusive ITV poll has found. Almost half of those surveyed said that they would pay an extra 2p in the pound to bolster NHS funding. The survey of 1,002 people was conducted by Survation for a health-focused The Agenda with Tom Bradby special to be broadcast at 8pm on ITV on Tuesday October 18. The results also found that almost half (46%) of Brits thought the current NHS was performing badly with only 23% saying that it was performing well. While taxpayers seemed prepared to pay more to support the NHS it seems that patients are not willing to pay on an individual basis for specific treatments.
PRIME Minister Theresa May has told the head of the NHS that it will get no extra money despite warnings this week that hospitals are close to breaking point. Senior sources say Mrs May dashed any hopes of increased funding on a meeting with Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England last month. Instead she told him that the NHS should urgently focus on making savings to fill the £22bn hole . She told him to learn from cuts to the Home Office and Ministry of Defence budgets that she and Philip Hammond had overseen when they were in charge of those departments, senior figures in the NHS told the Guardian. Health experts warned that the NHS would have to ration treatment, shut hospital units and cut staff if it gets no extra money soon . Ministers insist they have already pledged to provide “£10bn extra” during this parliament.
Cyber criminals cost the UK £11 billion last year. New figures show that on average cyber crime left each person over the age of sixteen in the UK £210 worse off. However, it is feared the actual cost could be much higher. The current figures only take into account incidents registered with the national reporting centre Action Fraud, according to Get Safe Online (GSO). More than a third of those who told GSO they had been victims of online crime admitted they had not reported the incident – meaning the overall amount lost in the UK could be much higher.
More voters believe Labour would be more electable if Tony Blair returned as leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn, a poll has found. The exclsuive poll for The Independent by Comres finds that 36 per cent said “Labour has more chance of winning a general election if Tony Blair is leader”, but only 35 per cent said the same of Jeremy Corbyn. A further 30 per cent said they don’t know. The former Labour Prime Minister prompted speculation about his future when he was asked if he could “see himself returning to politics in some way” in an interview in Esquire magazine this month and replied: “That’s an open question.” Alastair Campbell, who was Mr Blair’s spokesman as Prime Minister, told the BBC on Saturday that his former boss would not try to come back as an MP, but that he “does want to be more active in policy debate”.
KIM Jong-un has warned Britain is risking a “new war” as it prepares to send Typhoon jets to Korea. The Hermit Nation accused the UK of a “hostile act” as British warplanes get ready for historic war games with the US and South Korea . RAF Eurofighter Typhoon combat jets, Voyager tanker aircraft and C-17 Globemaster transport aircraft will take part in the “Invincible Shield” exercises – the first ever of their kind – in South Korea next month. The South Korean air force said the drill is preparation for war with its Communist neighbour – and include practice for attacks on the enemy’s “major military and leadership facilities”. But the North has warned it is “close to the brink of war” with the South – and warned Britain the drill could tip it over the edge. The RAF tried to diffuse tensions after the Daily Star Online revealed its plan last month. It said the exercises were only designed to “share knowledge and best practice” – and denied they included a dry run for a strike on Kim’s palace. But North Korea has pointed out South Korea and the US have other plans.