It looks like the hokey cokey over at Ukip is set to continue after Matthew Richardson, the party’s former secretary, is coming back to his role.
Richardson was one of the causalities of the post-election fallout, which saw advisers leave and front-benchers sidelined during bitter in-fighting.
But just like his boss Nigel Farage, who stayed in his post after Ukip’s national executive committee failed to accept his resignation, he is returning to his role.
Moving Ukip right
In a statement to the BBC they said: “Matt has resumed the role… by law any constituted political party must have a party secretary who is a qualified lawyer.”
This is surely bot going to go down well with many in the party, after Richardson – along with another adviser Raheem Kassam – was blamed for pushing Farage further to the right.
The pair were blamed for his comments about HIV treatment for immigrants, which bombed during the TV election debate, and for making Ukip like the ‘Tea-Party’ wing of the US Republican party.
‘Pulling a Farage’
Richardson left his role, as did Kassam, at the start of the month – but while Kassam has resumed his role at website Breitbart – Richardson has reportedly still been advising Mr Farage, who was keen on having him back on board.
It is unclear how his un-resignation – known as ‘pulling a Farage’ – will go down with Ukip’s only MP Douglas Carswell, who rowed with the party secretary over whether they should accept the £650,000 a year subsidy from Parliament, referred to as ‘short money’.
Nor how the move will be received by Patrick O’Flynn and Suzanne Evans, both of whom were demoted for criticising Farage and his inner circle in the days after the election.
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