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#Farage Clearly Unhappy To Have His Selfish Corruption & Dishonesty Exposed By One Of His Tax Payer Funded Mistresses …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 19/11/2017

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Hi,

firstly let us consider that in earlier articles Annabelle Fuller claims to have ceased to be employed via Ukip be that in the EU or elsewhere in 2014, yet I note she most clearly tweets about her EU salary for work for Ukip as follows:

Note the date of this Tweet from the Toxic Tart using one of her many well know aliases!

& clearly her relationship with Farage continues:

The fact that Paul Cahalan had decided to serialise the details of Annabelle Fuller’s own rather dubious story of her long term selfish sexual exploitation by Nigel Farage who heartlessly took advantage of her mental illness and ensured the tax payers paid for both his marital and extra marital sexual exploitation of women using his authority and position to fund it was in fact clear in his first article, which clearly was full of holes relative to the story we know he had known for years, as had so many of us!

We had all tried to publicise Farage’s serial corruption on many levels in our own ways, however although it was widely known so also was Farage’s sociopathic willingness to lie & recourse to costly lawyers at party expense to defend his own dishonesty.

It was the level of widely known corruption that made Farage and his puppets so singularly unreliable as alies in the BreXit campaign ensuring that he would never have a position in the official BreXit campaign – clearly he lost easily as many votes for BreXit as he claims to have attracted.

Even now Farage’s close links and willingness to propagandise for and be paid by Russia are used as weapons, by dishonest remainers, to try to overturn BreXit. The main plank of their argument besides the belief he acted as a conduit for Russia, Assange & Trump’s team in America, being the amount of Russian interference in social media and the 100s if not 1,000s of pro BreXit messages that appear to have been seeded by Russia and their agents.

The argument goes that social media helped BreXit to get a majority, though this overlooks the other corrupt argument of Remainers that the majority of BreXit voters were the more mature (possibly more tuned values and experience), whilst the majority of Remain voters were the younger voters those who had been most heavily propagandised by social media and education both of which are targeted with huge amounts of tax payers’ money squandered by the EU for spin, publicity and propaganda.

The Remain propagandists rather shoot themselves in the foot with their own argument as the EU targets the young vvia social media as it is the younger generations that are the great users of social media – it is thus clear that Russia and the EU target the same market knowing the older voters are far less likely to be on social media and far less likely to be influenced.

Former mistress of Nigel Farage reveals she was one of THREE lovers to rush to his bedside after he escaped death in horror plane crash

  • His mistress of 10 years Annabelle Fuller says staff battled to hide his infidelity
  • She says after the crash aides were sent to keep her out of sight of his wife
  • French waitress Laure Ferrari was another of the women vying for his attention

Pulled from the tangled wreckage of a plane crash in a remote Northamptonshire field, his face swollen and bloody, his spine chipped and ribs broken, things could hardly have been worse for Nigel Farage.

It would later emerge that the then leader of Ukip had escaped death by a matter of inches.

Thanks to a now notorious publicity stunt on polling day of the 2010 General Election, Farage crashed to earth suspended upside down in the shattered cockpit, his head almost scraping the ground.

If that was a miraculous escape, however, Mr Farage’s problems were by no means over.

Because as The Mail on Sunday can today reveal, he would shortly face the arrival of not one but three determined women, all clamouring for his affections and a place by his hospital bedside.

After Nigel Farage's horror plane crash in a field in Northamptonshire in 2010, there was not just one but three women rushing to his aid, explains one of them Annabelle Fuller (pictured)

After Nigel Farage’s horror plane crash in a field in Northamptonshire in 2010, there was not just one but three women rushing to his aid, explains one of them Annabelle Fuller (pictured)

One of them – as she explains today – was Farage’s long-term lover and former political aide Annabelle Fuller, who last week sensationally disclosed she had spent more than a decade as his mistress, before parting company with Ukip amid mental health problems and suicide attempts.

Accusing him of brazen hypocrisy, not just for lying but for breaking his marriage vows despite the party’s strong family values stance, she claimed Farage had instructed her to remain silent about their sexual relationship for the sake of protecting the Ukip cause and Brexit.

Despite her long relationship with a man she came to regard as her mentor, Ms Fuller was by no means the only woman romantically linked to 53-year-old Farage.

Ms Fuller, 36,  said that after Farage was taken to hospital, aides were dispatched to ensure he did not come into contact with his German-born wife Kirsten (pictured), or French former waitress Laure Ferrari

Ms Fuller, 36, said that after Farage was taken to hospital, aides were dispatched to ensure he did not come into contact with his German-born wife Kirsten (pictured), or French former waitress Laure Ferrari

And, as she explains, party workers and officials were all-too-well aware of the fact as they battled to ensure that his illicit encounters did not come to light.

Today, describing the true extent of Farage’s tangled emotional life, Ms Fuller, 36, describes how Farage’s well-briefed aides were even dispatched to the entrance doors of the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where he was recovering after the light aircraft crash, to ensure she did not come into contact with his German-born wife Kirsten, or French former waitress Laure Ferrari, another woman close to him who has since become his partner.

Not that such rivalries were on Ms Fuller’s mind when, in May 2010, she received a disturbing phone call.

‘Even though our affair was waning, we were still close and I wanted to see him elected,’ she said.

‘A friend rang to tell me about the crash, followed immediately by a party official who said that I should make my way to the hospital as no one else was there.

‘I was shaking with worry by the time I got there. I didn’t even make it inside before a woman who said she was his local aide barred my way.

‘We had never met but she must have been waiting at the entrance because she suddenly rushed out and said: ‘You can’t be here – Kirsten is here. You’ve got to go.’

Pictured is Farage's mistress French waitress Laure Ferrari near her £4million London home

Pictured is Farage’s mistress French waitress Laure Ferrari near her £4million London home

‘I was taken aback and told her I wanted to see him; to check he was okay for myself.

‘I was clearly very upset but she was a big lady and stood her ground.

‘I’m not a confrontational person and there were several TV cameras present, so I didn’t want to make a fuss. I turned around and went home.’

Farage, she says, later called her from hospital and apologised for how she had been treated.

‘I told him I wanted to come and see him and hold his hand but he said it was awkward. I just assumed Kirsten had ordered my ban.’

Some weeks later, Ms Fuller discovered it was rather more complicated and that she had in fact been prevented from entering because Ms Ferrari was inside, crying uncontrollably.

It would later emerge that Farage and Ms Ferrari had met some years previously in a bar in Strasbourg where she was working as a waitress.

She had subsequently found a job in the European Parliament. Now, it appeared, their relationship was more intense.

‘She must have been already nearby to have arrived at the hospital first,’ says Ms Fuller.

‘I’m told that Ukip members were trying to calm her down and move her out before Kirsten got there. They definitely didn’t want me to meet Laure either.’

Nigel Farage emerges from the tangled wreckage of a plane crash in a remote Northamptonshire field, his face swollen and bloody, his spine chipped and ribs broken

Nigel Farage emerges from the tangled wreckage of a plane crash in a remote Northamptonshire field, his face swollen and bloody, his spine chipped and ribs broken

Despite the subterfuge, Ms Fuller maintains Mrs Farage had known about and tolerated her affair with her husband for years.

At one stage, she says, there was something of a truce in their understandably embattled relationship.

Kirsten even took Ms Fuller into her confidence, explaining she had considered moving to Germany with the couple’s two daughters.

The peace did not last. Amid the euphoria of Ukip’s historic gains in the 2014 European elections, where it won more seats than Labour or the Tories, Kirsten humiliated Ms Fuller by having her ejected from Ukip’s celebration party.

In the months that followed, Ms Fuller’s fragile mental health deteriorated, she attempted to commit suicide and she finally decided to leave Ukip.

In September of that year, Kirsten sent a series of damaging text messages to a senior Ukip official – texts, referring to Ms Fuller ‘as a nutter’.

In one, she jokes in response to claims that Ms Fuller plans to write a ‘reveal-all’ book that Ms Fuller knows too much and needs to be ‘killed’.

Farage's former mistress Annabelle Fuller sensationally revealed last week they were together for 10 years

Farage’s former mistress Annabelle Fuller sensationally revealed last week they were together for 10 years

The Ukip official, obviously shocked, responded by warning her not to put things in writing. There was, Ms Fuller insists, no plans to write a book about the affair.

But the strain on the Farages’ 18-year marriage had taken its toll and, earlier this year, the couple announced their split.

The news came amid reports that Ms Ferrari had moved into the politician’s £4 million Georgian home in West London.

Farage later confirmed the relationship. Ms Ferrari is believed to have accompanied him to President Trump’s inauguration in Washington in January.

Today, Ms Fuller feels used and humiliated, saying that, having devoted herself to Farage and Ukip, she has been left with nothing.

But then, she says, she is not the only woman in politics, whether in Westminster or Brussels, who feels the dice are loaded against them.

She is also by no means the first to be drawn into a shady sexual relationship with an older, charismatic man.

‘Whether it is in Westminster or the EU, you have a cause you believe in, a goal to achieve and live off the adrenaline of the roller-coaster ride,’ she says.

‘There is nothing much to do in either Brussels or Strasbourg except eat, drink and fornicate,’ she says.

‘You have got to be very, very ugly, impotent or have some kind of nasty affliction not to have an affair.’

Farage is pictured on the campaign trail for the General Election in 2015 when he ran to be Thanet South's MP for Ukip

Farage is pictured on the campaign trail for the General Election in 2015 when he ran to be Thanet South’s MP for Ukip

Her relationship with the former Ukip leader flourished in this environment because everyone – even those without the conventional good looks and healthy bank balances – was doing the same, she said.

‘What MEPs do have is a killer pension, expense accounts and a budget to hire staff.

Add the heady perfume of political power, chauffeured cars, plush hotels and business class air fares on foreign trips and they become like gods.’

She claims, in fact, that European politics is a hotbed of taxpayer-funded impropriety.

Although her relationship with Farage was consensual, she feels that the conditions are ripe for harassment, with women feared being labelled ‘troublemakers’ if they complain.

Ms Fuller first moved to Brussels in 2004, aged 23, with a long-term boyfriend whom other women would openly flirt with.

Many women sought career opportunities or a well-connected husband. But the men, she concluded, just wanted sex.

‘The casting couch still exists in politics. After work, there were always drinks receptions and parties with bad, warm white wine, and very little food, where older men and young women ended up flirting or in compromised positions,’ she says.

‘Sexual harassment was a natural by-product. It was endemic. Politicians and their male staffers prowled, groped, stalked and harassed with impunity.

They treated women like meat.’ One young secretary, who had been groped by a male MEP, was too afraid to make a complaint, fearing she would be labelled a troublemaker.

‘The men behaving badly do so because they know they will get away with it.

‘It was common knowledge who were the gropers and who were the serial sh*****s, but in the past, those who complained were accused of lying and frozen out.

‘I am not surprised by the sexual harassment complaints coming out of the UK Parliament, just that there have not been more.’

Ms Fuller knows that, without her help, Mr Farage would never have earned his place in history today as a major political player.

‘I created brand Nigel, man of the people,’ she insists. ‘He relied on me, but I feel he kicked me to the kerb when I became a problem.

‘Being a mistress was the worst decision I ever made. It belittled me. It dehumanised me.

‘Teflon Nigel just earned a reputation for being a ladies man – nudge, nudge, wink, wink.’

To view the original of this article CLICK HERE

Here is a Tweet I posted some time before I read Nikki Sinclaire’s article in The Sun:

I don’t believe or have the guts or integrity to apologise to any of the people they have lied to or lied about – I guess we can dream on, they will never emerge from the gutter they are used to even for money from the press betrayal is their style

It is also well worth considering if Nigel Farage has made adequate compensation and a sufficiently public apology to Annabelle Fuller for having exploited his position of power and access to public money to fund her so that he could excercise his sexual domination of this weak minded and deeply disturbed young woman, who clearly seems to suffer from a mental illness which has been apparent to all but the deliberately blind and heartless ever since she first joined Ukip.

Fuller’s mental illness is almost deffinitely a Bi-Polar Disorder made all the more clear by her self harming and frequent cries for help and attention in her many half baked attempts at suicide, who, wishing to commit suicide, would act so publicly in proximity to excellent medical facilities as to seek attention in public toilets in the EU’s premises? Nor would anyone wishing to commit suicide rather than gain attention bodge cutting the arteries in the wrist!

Again I would draw your attention to Farage’s callous indifference that he failed to intercede to obtain sound medical help for this sad figure he used and exploited – one wonders if the only medical attention he would have sought would be to pay for her to have an abortion, or more to the point find a way for her to have an abortion at the tax payers’ expense to save himself from the inconvenience and expense of more children!

Allbeit he did of course pay £1/4 a Million into his off shore tax dodge account on the Isle of Man in the name of ‘Farage Educational Trust’. Just as it would seem he has sought, I hear, to put his assetts/properies overseas into an account in the name ‘Thorn In the side Ltd’ I would assume to not just dodge taxation but to put it beyond the reach of his other exploited tax payer funded staff member Kirsten!

However I do appreciate this is very much hear say and although in character it may well be a detail too far! We must of course be well aware that Farage is not just a proven liar and hypocite but also clearly corrupt so it is unreasonable to expect any denials he may Trump up to be true – he has lied time and time again for 13 years and attacked and villified many of us for telling the truth about him in the past, even going so far as to collude with and condone others seeking to bankrupt and destroy those who sought to expose the truth!

One wonders what Farage plans to do having heard Theresa May’s speech at The Mansion House last night in which she clearly stated Farage and his cronies were involved in the BreXit vote and Russian efforts to interfere with input of cyber expertise, social media and money and despite the 7 meetings the NSA/FBI has had with British authorities, 5 of which degenerated into shouting matches, one wonders when they will force the issue to have arrests and extraditions from Britain of the criminals who colluded with and accepted Russian money, acting also as a conduit for not only Russian money but also influence, cyber expertise, Julian Assange and stolen eMails to interfere with the rigged American elections!

Fortunately Russian attempts to influence the BreXit vote were of no effect as they chose to to support the largely irrelevant Arron Banks and thus his goffer Nigel Farage – neither of whom had much credibility amongst the electorate and you will note for all the £Millions claimed to have been spent by Leave.EU just how few followers they have and for every vote they may have garnered for BreXit I regret they probably lost 2!

All too often Farage & Banks came up in conversation amongst the true BreXit supporters concerned that thgeir interference was likely to ‘cost us BreXit’ – the real damage done by Russian interference was via Julian Assange & such efforts Farage & Banks made in interfereing in the American election that has so undermined the office of POTUS and will explainm the work done by US intel exposing them in the media, which in itself has harmed BreXit.

It is my belief that had Britain been spared the interference of Russian, Banks and Farage and some of the racists and clowns surrounding them the vote for BreXit would have be far far larger.

It is of course ironic that although Banks & Farage had no official role in the BreXit vote they have specialised in self publicity to desperately promote themselves as being in some way instrumental in the outcome – indeed I guess they were instrumental as they did everything within their power to try to prevent the Petition Nikki Sinclaire founded, organised and delivered which led to the debate in the House of Commons & the promise of a Referendum.

It was clearly Nikki Sinclaire and the cross party team she built that delivered the Referendum despite Farage and his claque and the Official Leave Campaign half baked and misinformed as it was were instrumental in the BreXit win.

The greatest irony of all regarding Farage, in this issue, is his bleating about interference in British democracy by the EU and to then listen to him bleating about the interference of George Soros in world affairs, particularly those of the EU! Meanwhile Farage & Banks are posing, posturing and seeking to influence American politics – he is like some commedy character in an African political bedroom farce!

Fortunately no one of any integrity can claim that Russian influence and money or Farage had a significant influence on the BreXit vote. However it is very clear that Banking influences and self interest and Government from all parties with the aid of Civil Servants and a great deal of tax payers’ money together with EU figures and yet more tax payers’ money did a great deal to corrupt the outcome of the vote, propping up the Remain campaign and yet the electorate clearly saw through such attempts to corrupt the outcome all be it the corruption of the vote by Government and the damage done by Farage and his perceived extremism did clearly reduce the Leave vote.

To view the previous revelations from last week CLICK HERE

so finally Nigel Farage is more than somewhat ‘Benighted’ the Teflon coating that has protected Nigel Farage is reaching its end of life and his exploitation of the mental illness of a vulnerable member of his staff Annabelle Fuller has delivered his comeuppance. Few if any of those involved with Ukip were unaware of what soiled and damaged goods the sad little figure was.

Whether it was her complaining to Piers Merchant how the stapler under her on the desk during one of her interludes with Farage had bruised her and pulling her skirt up to show him the intimately placed bruise, or describing a Regional chairman or some such as nothing more than ‘a w**k stain’ on Anthony Butcher’s scurrilous Ukip controlled public Forum.

To round it off, as I was well established at the time as an accurate and honest commentator on matters pertaining to Ukip including her vile behaviour with clear intimations regarding her various positions with Nigel Farage paid for on the Ukip pay roll – she displayed her true character on another public forum by announcing she hoped the cancer I was known to be fighting would kill me soon.

She really is a wretch specimen of humanity without scruples, ethics, integrity or morals. A skim read of her relationship with Farage, for who would want the details, shows the pair of them in their true light.

One has to feel sorry for any decent individual whose path has crossed this toxic inadequate’s path, though it is hard to drum up any sympathy for Annabelle Fuller whatever aliases she uses for her hedonistic self promotion and attention seeking.

For attention seeking that she claimed Nikki Sinclaire was in some way responsible for ruining her life and try to blame her for her own self harming as a way to get attention was more than a bit rich minded that Nikki Sinclaire had merely exposed the well known fact that Nigel Farage was in a long term relationship with his mistress at the tax payers expense whilst funding ‘payoff’ to his wife of some £30,000 a year from the same source.

Then again one notes Fuller’s on off relationship with Jasna Badzak at one time using her as both a confidante and an advisor and in the next breath seeking to blacken her name.

Likewise the foolish behaviour of The Tory MP Andrew Bridged who she claimed had sexually assaulted her when it became clear she had fled his flat having stolen his House of Commons Pass, Parliamentary correspondence and his Blackberry bearing numerous confidential phone details of very senior individuals + messages! She was aprehended by the concierge of the block of flats when she had fallen and bruised her head, noticeably drunk and allegedly without shoes – the assault claims were seemingly dreamed up in her attention seeking mind whilst waiting for the police to arrive – claims that vanished with the light of day (truth) – sadly having dishonestly befouled his reputation in a situation which contributed to his wife’s accrimonious parting of their ways and difficulties over access to his children.

Then of course there was her tissue of lies regarding the story she conspired to publish belittling John West in the media with an utterly implausible cock and bull story about having her laptop stolen having left it in a taxi – yet she filed the story whilst in Morrocco whilst on holiday! To read more of this story CLICK HERE

Then of course there was her corruption of the leadership election to get her paymaster back into power to ensure her income stream, when on tax payers money she was being paid to se4rrvice Farage’s non domestic needs she travelled to various hustings with Farage and ‘worked’ the ladies toilets to badmouth and defame the other candidates claiming for instance that Richard Suchorzevski was a BNP supporter, a bankrupt and homoosexual – a more than somewhat fancifull pack of lies when you consider he was self financed, took a year off work to strengthen Ukip in Wales including firing that useless article Jim Carver and touring Britain to campaign in the leadership election with John Bufton as his campaign manager, meanwhile he was in a relationship with a nursing sister at a leading London hospital and she was West Indian – BNP, homosexual and bankrupt! I think not, but it was the sort of lies that Fuller was prone to peddling – just as were Mark Croucher, David Bannerman, Mick McGough, Denny, and so many of the liars and low lifes at the top of Ukip!

I do believe that for justice to be seen to be done we shall have to relly on Suchorzewski, Sinclaire, West, Bridgen or the like to take legal action against Annabelle Fuller and Farage not only for their defamation but perhaps the EU will see fit to take back the tax payers’ money that Nigel Farage perloined to pay his wife and various mistresses – surely the tax payer can not be expected to pay for the MEPs’ to have sex on the public purse nor provide offices in which to excercise their sexual pecadilloes.

Little wonder the public at large voted for BreXit in disgust at the profligacy & louche behaviour of the EU & its staff be they Commissioners, MEPs, Unelected bloated bureacrats or the parasites who act as riders on the Gravy Train providing sexual favours!

But now clearly the worm has turned, whether merely for money or in spite at being passed over by Farage’s current mistress Ms. Farrari enjoying the perks of her efforts over the last few years now Farage has parted company with his wife and has the £5M property in Chelsea and travel in and out of NSA, CIA, FBI juristiction until they feel there is no more information they can glean by following him in the company of bigger and more valuable fish, then he will no longer be of use as bait but will be thrown to the wolves in his own right!

Farage may well find that ‘Thorn In The Side’ is not as Limited as he may think, when it comes to protection!

To view Paul Cahalan’s original article where Annabelle Fuller confirms Farage’s heartless sexual exploitation of her mental illness & the tax payers CLICK HERE
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#Ukip’s ex MP #Bob_Spink & His Ukip Agent Are On Trial For Fraud & Lies That Corrupted An Election …

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 17/11/2017

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Hi,

interestingly this trial of the failed Ukip MP Bob Spink and his Ukip agent James Parkin seems somewhat arbitarily to have been moved from its planned venue, which as I recall was Basildon, and is now being held out of area at Southwark Crown Court! There seems to have been no reasons given why this fraud case where Bob Spink and his agent are accused of fraud thus corrupting an election – such reasons might have been as it involved National Security or was to be held in full or in part in camera – neither seem likely, we are thus left wondering what strings have been pulled and both how and why!

The article below fails to point out that when standing for election as PCC he was standing on a Ukip ticket!

Ukip’s former MP Bob Spink on trial accused of lying and forging signatures

ACCUSED: Bob Spink

ACCUSED: Bob Spink

A FORMER Dorset county councillor who became Ukip’s first MP is on trial accused of lying to voters and forging signatures.

Bob Spink, 69, allegedly took a “casual and misleading approach” while canvassing and collecting signatures to nominate Ukip candidates ahead of last May’s local elections.

Voters reported seeing “a very large man”, Ukip election agent James Parkin, 38, accompanying Spink collecting signatures, Southwark Crown Court heard.

Dr Spink, who served on Dorset County Council for eight years and was deputy chairman of Poole Conservatives, left Dorset after becoming Conservative MP for Castle Point in Essex. He became Ukip’s first MP in April 2008 after resigning from the Tories, later becoming an independent and losing his seat in 2010.

He lost out in the Essex police and crime commissioner (PCC) elections last year, while his co-defendant Parkin was beaten as a council candidate.

Tom Nicholson, prosecuting, said: “A part of this trial will look at the canvassing methods employed by Dr Spink on the doorstep.”

He added: “Did he use what we would say a casual and misleading approach on the doorstep to obtain signatures?”

None of the Ukip candidates were elected and there is no suggestion that there was anything improper with the 100 signatures obtained by Spink to stand in the PCC election.

Spink denies five counts of submitting false signatures on nomination papers, while Parkin denies six like charges.

The accusations relate to the local election for Castle Point Borough Council in 2016.

Prosecutor Tom Nicholson said: “In short, it is alleged that Dr Spink and Mr Parkin were involved in submitting a number of nomination forms, bearing signatures that had been obtained falsely.”

Jurors heard that prospective council candidates had to secure 10 signatures from local electors, while police and crime commissioner candidates required 100.

Voter Robert Duke discovered his name had been added to a nomination form to his “complete surprise”, the court heard.

“In fact, this signature was a forgery,” said Mr Nicholson.

A complaint was made to police and enquiries revealed Parkin was involved in the form’s completion, the court heard.

Officers then made calls to 128 signatories relating to the other 13 council wards with Ukip candidates. The appeal garnered 96 responses alleging two further forgeries and 26 others claiming they had been misled as to the nature of the document they were signing.

The trial is expected to last four weeks.

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The Degenerate Liars #Farage & #Fuller Flatter Themselves If They Believe They Did Much Beyond Befoul The True Value Of #BreXit …

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Here is a Tweet I posted some time before I read Nikki Sinclaire’s article in The Sun:

I don’t believe or have the guts or integrity to apologise to any of the people they have lied to or lied about – I guess we can dream on, they will never emerge from the gutter they are used to even for money from the press betrayal is their style

It is also well worth considering if Nigel Farage has made adequate compensation and a sufficiently public apology to Annabelle Fuller for having exploited his position of power and access to public money to fund her so that he could excercise his sexual domination of this weak minded and deeply disturbed young woman, who clearly seems to suffer from a mental illness which has been apparent to all but the deliberately blind and heartless ever since she first joined Ukip.

Fuller’s mental illness is almost deffinitely a Bi-Polar Disorder made all the more clear by her self harming and frequent cries for help and attention in her many half baked attempts at suicide, who, wishing to commit suicide, would act so publicly in proximity to excellent medical facilities as to seek attention in public toilets in the EU’s premises? Nor would anyone wishing to commit suicide rather than gain attention bodge cutting the arteries in the wrist!

Again I would draw your attention to Farage’s callous indifference that he failed to intercede to obtain sound medical help for this sad figure he used and exploited – one wonders if the only medical attention he would have sought would be to pay for her to have an abortion, or more to the point find a way for her to have an abortion at the tax payers’ expense to save himself from the inconvenience and expense of more children!

Allbeit he did of course pay £1/4 a Million into his off shore tax dodge account on the Isle of Man in the name of ‘Farage Educational Trust’. Just as it would seem he has sought, I hear, to put his assetts/properies overseas into an account in the name ‘Thorn In the side Ltd’ I would assume to not just dodge taxation but to put it beyond the reach of his other exploited tax payer funded staff member Kirsten!

However I do appreciate this is very much hear say and although in character it may well be a detail too far! We must of course be well aware that Farage is not just a proven liar and hypocite but also clearly corrupt so it is unreasonable to expect any denials he may Trump up to be true – he has lied time and time again for 13 years and attacked and villified many of us for telling the truth about him in the past, even going so far as to collude with and condone others seeking to bankrupt and destroy those who sought to expose the truth!

One wonders what Farage plans to do having heard Theresa May’s speech at The Mansion House last night in which she clearly stated Farage and his cronies were involved in the BreXit vote and Russian efforts to interfere with input of cyber expertise, social media and money and despite the 7 meetings the NSA/FBI has had with British authorities, 5 of which degenerated into shouting matches, one wonders when they will force the issue to have arrests and extraditions from Britain of the criminals who colluded with and accepted Russian money, acting also as a conduit for not only Russian money but also influence, cyber expertise, Julian Assange and stolen eMails to interfere with the rigged American elections!

Fortunately Russian attempts to influence the BreXit vote were of no effect as they chose to to support the largely irrelevant Arron Banks and thus his goffer Nigel Farage – neither of whom had much credibility amongst the electorate and you will note for all the £Millions claimed to have been spent by Leave.EU just how few followers they have and for every vote they may have garnered for BreXit I regret they probably lost 2!

All too often Farage & Banks came up in conversation amongst the true BreXit supporters concerned that thgeir interference was likely to ‘cost us BreXit’ – the real damage done by Russian interference was via Julian Assange & such efforts Farage & Banks made in interfereing in the American election that has so undermined the office of POTUS and will explainm the work done by US intel exposing them in the media, which in itself has harmed BreXit.

It is my belief that had Britain been spared the interference of Russian, Banks and Farage and some of the racists and clowns surrounding them the vote for BreXit would have be far far larger.

It is of course ironic that although Banks & Farage had no official role in the BreXit vote they have specialised in self publicity to desperately promote themselves as being in some way instrumental in the outcome – indeed I guess they were instrumental as they did everything within their power to try to prevent the Petition Nikki Sinclaire founded, organised and delivered which led to the debate in the House of Commons & the promise of a Referendum.

It was clearly Nikki Sinclaire and the cross party team she built that delivered the Referendum despite Farage and his claque and the Official Leave Campaign half baked and misinformed as it was were instrumental in the BreXit win.

The greatest irony of all regarding Farage, in this issue, is his bleating about interference in British democracy by the EU and to then listen to him bleating about the interference of George Soros in world affairs, particularly those of the EU! Meanwhile Farage & Banks are posing, posturing and seeking to influence American politics – he is like some commedy character in an African political bedroom farce!

Fortunately no one of any integrity can claim that Russian influence and money or Farage had a significant influence on the BreXit vote. However it is very clear that Banking influences and self interest and Government from all parties with the aid of Civil Servants and a great deal of tax payers’ money together with EU figures and yet more tax payers’ money did a great deal to corrupt the outcome of the vote, propping up the Remain campaign and yet the electorate clearly saw through such attempts to corrupt the outcome all be it the corruption of the vote by Government and the damage done by Farage and his perceived extremism did clearly reduce the Leave vote.

 

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Former MEP who sensationally outed Nigel Farage in 2014 for affair with aide demands apology for ‘vilifying’ her and ‘years of lies’

Ex-Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire said she had been finally proven right that the former party boss HAD been having an affair with Annabelle Fuller for years

THE FORMER MEP who sensationally revealed Nigel Farage’s relationship with his aide three years ago has demanded an apology from him for “vilifying” her.

Ex Ukip representative Nikki Sinclaire had accused Annabelle Fuller of sleeping with the former party leader – but she was called “callous” and “vindictive”.

Nikki Sinclaire - seen here with former Prime Minister David Cameron - said she had been proven right over the affair
Nikki Sinclaire – seen here with former Prime Minister David Cameron – said she had been proven right over the affair

Yesterday the Mail on Sunday revealed that Ms Fuller, who worked for Mr Farage, said the pair had a “decade-long affair” which was hushed up so it wouldn’t “derail Brexit”.

Ms Sinclaire, who left Ukip in 2010, is demanding a public apology from Mr Farage for accusing her of lying about the affair.

In March 2014 she asked him on the floor of the European Parliament if he thought it was a fair use of taxpayers’ money to employ his wife Kirsten and his “former mistress” Annabelle Fuller.

He replied at the time: “I don’t want to answer that at all” but later said the claims were “cowardly and malicious”.

Annabelle Fuller has lifted the lid on her 'decade-long affair' with Nigel Farage
Annabelle Fuller has lifted the lid on her ‘decade-long affair’ with Nigel Farage

Farage has denied having an affair with the former aide

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Farage has denied having an affair with the former aide

Both had denied there was an affair – but Fuller said last weekend she had been secretly sleeping with Farage – more than 17 years her senior – from 2005 until October last year.

Today Ms Sinclaire told The Sun: “He vilified me for highlighting this as an issue.

“They said I was being malicious, that I was a liar.

“They said I was abusing my parliamentary privilege.

“They’ve denied it for years, and now she’s admitted to it.

“I am demanding an apology off both Nigel Farage and off Annabel Fuller.”

And Ms Sinclaire says there are still “serious questions” to be answered about Mr Farage employing both his wife and his mistress.

“He makes a habit of sleeping with people he employs,” she said.

Nikki spearheaded a cross-party petition to No10 back in 2011 - demanding that the Tories hold a referendum on leaving the EU

Nikki Sinclaire
Nikki spearheaded a cross-party petition to No10 back in 2011 – demanding that the Tories hold a referendum on leaving the EU

The former MEP, who lost her election in 2014, helped campaign for Hillary Clinton last year

Nikki Sinclaire
The former MEP, who lost her election in 2014, helped campaign for Hillary Clinton last year

Ms Fuller had been working for the Ukip boss as his personal communications officer, and helped on his failed MP election campaign in 2005.

And his wife Kirsten Farage has worked as his secretary.

The ex-aide said the tryst drove her to self harm and suicide attempts and caused her to suffer from PTSD and depression.
Ms Fuller said yesterday: “Right from the beginning, lying about the affair was a strategy we decided on.

“We had many conversations about it, even in the past couple of years. He told me I had to keep quiet. I said to him, ‘Do you have any idea how painful it is for me?’, and he would say ‘Yes’.”

Ms Fuller continued: “Nigel and I both knew we had to keep quiet to save Brexit.

Fuller was a trusted Ukip aide who worked for Farage in Brussels

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Fuller was a trusted Ukip aide who worked for Farage in Brussels

“We are both liars and hypocrites but the reason I had to lie throughout the years was that I didn’t want Ukip or the cause we were fighting for to be damaged.”

Farage split from his wife Kirsten in February and was rumoured to be living with French politician Laure Ferrari.

Farage said in response to the Mail on Sunday’s article: “At the time of Ms Fuller’s employment the party did not know there was a history of mental illness and other serious personal issues.

“I always tried to help her, recognising that she had ability, and prevented her from being fired on several occasions.”

A spokesperson for Nigel Farage declined to comment.

Annabelle Fuller did not respond to a request for comment.

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Here is the Tweet I posted some time before I read Nikki Sinclaire’s article in The Sun:

I don’t believe or have the guts or integrity to apologise to any of the people they have lied to or lied about – I guess we can dream on, they will never emerge from the gutter they are used to even for money from the press betrayal is their style

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so finally Nigel Farage is more than somewhat ‘Benighted’ the Teflon coating that has protected Nigel Farage is reaching its end of life and his exploitation of the mental illness of a vulnerable member of his staff Annabelle Fuller has delivered his comeuppance. Few if any of those involved with Ukip were unaware of what soiled and damaged goods the sad little figure was.

Whether it was her complaining to Piers Merchant how the stapler under her on the desk during one of her interludes with Farage had bruised her and pulling her skirt up to show him the intimately placed bruise, or describing a Regional chairman or some such as nothing more than ‘a w**k stain’ on Anthony Butcher’s scurrilous Ukip controlled public Forum.

To round it off, as I was well established at the time as an accurate and honest commentator on matters pertaining to Ukip including her vile behaviour with clear intimations regarding her various positions with Nigel Farage paid for on the Ukip pay roll – she displayed her true character on another public forum by announcing she hoped the cancer I was known to be fighting would kill me soon.

She really is a wretch specimen of humanity without scruples, ethics, integrity or morals. A skim read of her relationship with Farage, for who would want the details, shows the pair of them in their true light.

One has to feel sorry for any decent individual whose path has crossed this toxic inadequate’s path, though it is hard to drum up any sympathy for Annabelle Fuller whatever aliases she uses for her hedonistic self promotion and attention seeking.

For attention seeking that she claimed Nikki Sinclaire was in some way responsible for ruining her life and try to blame her for her own self harming as a way to get attention was more than a bit rich minded that Nikki Sinclaire had merely exposed the well known fact that Nigel Farage was in a long term relationship with his mistress at the tax payers expense whilst funding ‘payoff’ to his wife of some £30,000 a year from the same source.

Then again one notes Fuller’s on off relationship with Jasna Badzak at one time using her as both a confidante and an advisor and in the next breath seeking to blacken her name.

Likewise the foolish behaviour of The Tory MP Andrew Bridged who she claimed had sexually assaulted her when it became clear she had fled his flat having stolen his House of Commons Pass, Parliamentary correspondence and his Blackberry bearing numerous confidential phone details of very senior individuals + messages! She was aprehended by the concierge of the block of flats when she had fallen and bruised her head, noticeably drunk and allegedly without shoes – the assault claims were seemingly dreamed up in her attention seeking mind whilst waiting for the police to arrive – claims that vanished with the light of day (truth) – sadly having dishonestly befouled his reputation in a situation which contributed to his wife’s accrimonious parting of their ways and difficulties over access to his children.

Then of course there was her tissue of lies regarding the story she conspired to publish belittling John West in the media with an utterly implausible cock and bull story about having her laptop stolen having left it in a taxi – yet she filed the story whilst in Morrocco whilst on holiday! To read more of this story CLICK HERE

Then of course there was her corruption of the leadership election to get her paymaster back into power to ensure her income stream, when on tax payers money she was being paid to se4rrvice Farage’s non domestic needs she travelled to various hustings with Farage and ‘worked’ the ladies toilets to badmouth and defame the other candidates claiming for instance that Richard Suchorzevski was a BNP supporter, a bankrupt and homoosexual – a more than somewhat fancifull pack of lies when you consider he was self financed, took a year off work to strengthen Ukip in Wales including firing that useless article Jim Carver and touring Britain to campaign in the leadership election with John Bufton as his campaign manager, meanwhile he was in a relationship with a nursing sister at a leading London hospital and she was West Indian – BNP, homosexual and bankrupt! I think not, but it was the sort of lies that Fuller was prone to peddling – just as were Mark Croucher, David Bannerman, Mick McGough, Denny, and so many of the liars and low lifes at the top of Ukip!

I do believe that for justice to be seen to be done we shall have to relly on Suchorzewski, Sinclaire, West, Bridgen or the like to take legal action against Annabelle Fuller and Farage not only for their defamation but perhaps the EU will see fit to take back the tax payers’ money that Nigel Farage perloined to pay his wife and various mistresses – surely the tax payer can not be expected to pay for the MEPs’ to have sex on the public purse nor provide offices in which to excercise their sexual pecadilloes.

Little wonder the public at large voted for BreXit in disgust at the profligacy & louche behaviour of the EU & its staff be they Commissioners, MEPs, Unelected bloated bureacrats or the parasites who act as riders on the Gravy Train providing sexual favours!

But now clearly the worm has turned, whether merely for money or in spite at being passed over by Farage’s current mistress Ms. Farrari enjoying the perks of her efforts over the last few years now Farage has parted company with his wife and has the £5M property in Chelsea and travel in and out of NSA, CIA, FBI juristiction until they feel there is no more information they can glean by following him in the company of bigger and more valuable fish, then he will no longer be of use as bait but will be thrown to the wolves in his own right!

Farage may well find that ‘Thorn In The Side’ is not as Limited as he may think, when it comes to protection!

Farage’s mistress breaks her silence: Political aide reveals sexual encounters in MEP offices in the European Parliament only last year and how he told her to keep quiet or risk derailing Brexit

  • Annabelle Fuller says she and Farage had a sexual relationship dating from 2004
  • She was a speechwriter and trusted aide who worked for Farage in Brussels 
  • Fuller claims she had sexual encounters European Parliament offices last year
  • She says the affair drove her into depression, self-harm and suicide attempts

Nigel Farage has systematically lied about an affair with a vulnerable former aide spanning more than a decade, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The former Ukip leader is accused of breathtaking hypocrisy by his former lover, who claims she was told to keep the relationship secret at all costs – to help save Brexit.

In an explosive interview, Annabelle Fuller, once a speechwriter and trusted adviser to the party and its leader, says she and Farage, a married man more than 17 years her senior, had a sexual relationship dating from 2004 until October last year.

Farage, a Member of the European Parliament, has himself spoken of the ‘betrayal’ of family values in British society. In a series of devastating admissions about their time together, Ms Fuller discloses:

  • Sexual encounters in MEP offices in the European Parliament as recently as last year
  • A secret love letter in which Farage declares his devotion to her with ‘heart and body
  • That the affair helped propel her into depression, self-harm and suicide attempts
  • That Farage’s wife Kirsten – now estranged – was behind Ms Fuller’s dramatic ejection from a Ukip celebration party in 2014.

Ms Fuller’s decision to speak out is all the more remarkable as both she and Farage have repeatedly dismissed rumours of a liaison. Farage has described the claims as ‘malicious and cowardly’.

Within the party, however, knowledge of the relationship appears to have been widespread. One MEP, speaking on condition of anonymity, said: ‘It wasn’t just a fling or a one-night stand – he was thinking about leaving his wife for her. I have spoken to Nigel about the relationship in the past and know Annabelle and Nigel were still involved sexually until late last year.

‘Everyone in the party knew they were having an affair.’

It is also a relationship starkly at odds with Ukip’s consistent promotion of family values.

Today, in a perceptive and at times troubling account of their deception, Ms Fuller describes how the affair helped drive her into mental illness and life-threatening self-harm before a successful course of therapy. She believes that only by telling the truth will she be able to put her life ‘back on track’.

‘Right from the beginning, lying about the affair was a strategy we decided on,’ she says.

‘We had many conversations about it, even in the past couple of years. He told me I had to keep quiet. I said to him, ‘Do you have any idea how painful it is for me?’, and he would say ‘Yes’.

‘Nigel and I both knew we had to keep quiet to save Brexit. We are both liars and hypocrites but the reason I had to lie throughout the years was that I didn’t want Ukip or the cause we were fighting for to be damaged.

‘He said, ‘They will use anything they can to stop this, they will use anything they can to stop me. We are going up against the Establishment here. They will come after you.’ ‘

Although the relationship was consensual, Ms Fuller believes Farage should have taken more responsibility for his actions.

She describes the relationship as grossly inappropriate, particularly in recent years when, she says, she was in a state of deepening mental illness, later diagnosed as post-traumatic stress.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a close member of her family expressed anger at the way events played out, saying: ‘Nigel has acted appallingly with regard to Annabelle. In 2005, he seemed to care for her but by last year he was treating her as an afterthought. Despite her nearly committing suicide, he still wanted her to be his sexual partner as late as last year. He is a complete narcissist and I’m pleased Annabelle can finally leave him in the past.’

Annabelle Fuller began working for Farage after completing a master's degree in international relations

 

Annabelle Fuller began working for Farage after completing a master’s degree in international relations

There was a time when Annabelle Fuller was a highly regarded member of the Ukip team; someone who, at the height of her career, would advise Farage, brief the media and write articles for national newspapers under her boss’s name.

Today, she works behind the bar of a country pub near Bath.

It has taken a year of therapy to reach the point where she can speak openly about a relationship which began in 2004 in Brussels, where an up-and-coming Nigel Farage was a Member of the European Parliament. Then 23, Annabelle, who had just completed a master’s degree in international relations, had started working as a Ukip parliamentary researcher.

‘I was introduced to Nigel in the second week of the job and he was polite but cool,’ she recalls.

‘Looking back, I don’t recall an immediate spark of attraction on either side. To me, he was just another middle-aged man in a suit.’ After work, like hundreds of others, she would end up in one of the bars around the Parliament building, the kind where Farage held court. And she found herself drawn to the older, charismatic politician. Soon, the two were spending a lot of time together.

‘He was fun, with a wicked sense of humour,’ she says.

‘He had the best jokes and easily the most interesting political stories. I loved listening to him. I was captivated by his worldliness.’

For several months, the friendship remained platonic, with Farage something of a father figure. The vulnerable young woman – with a teenage history of bulimia, concerns about body image and self-esteem – came increasingly to rely upon him.

‘He took me into his confidence about work and party matters and would often ask for my advice. I was young but I was bright and I was eager to get stuck in.

‘I did research for him – advising him and briefing MEPs on how they were voting. I also helped with his speeches and parliamentary amendments. Our first kiss took place in Brussels in 2005. It was on my forehead. He was just saying goodnight, but it felt very comforting. It didn’t feel improper.

‘Our relationship grew very slowly over several months. After a while, he took me into his confidence – personally and politically.’

Farage had been with his wife, German-born Kirsten, since 1999, but he told Ms Fuller that it was a marriage in name only.

‘He said that it was an unhappy relationship and had been for some time. He told me the marriage was not a real one.’

Then, in April 2005, Farage asked Ms Fuller to work on his – as it would prove – unsuccessful General Election campaign in Thanet South, Kent, as a volunteer.

As their relationship grew, Farage told her it had to remain a secret but they were a 'proper couple' and  the Ukip leader moved into her flat in the Maelbeek area whenever he was in Brussels

 

As their relationship grew, Farage told her it had to remain a secret but they were a ‘proper couple’ and  the Ukip leader moved into her flat in the Maelbeek area whenever he was in Brussels

‘I was flattered. Nigel visited every couple of days while we campaigned and sometimes stayed overnight in a hotel in Broadstairs.’

One evening, Farage invited a group to dinner at his hotel after a day of canvassing. As the evening went on, just three of them remained – Farage, Ms Fuller and one other person.

‘Nigel offered us a sofabed to sleep on because there were no taxis, but I was the only one to take up the offer,’ she recalls. ‘I knew what would happen if I stayed and I wanted it to. When we got upstairs I took one look at the room and said, ‘but there’s no sofabed,’ and we both just laughed.’

It was not, perhaps, the most romantic encounter.

‘I told him I needed something to change into and he produced a white T-shirt from his suitcase. Then I went to the bathroom, took off my make-up and used his toothbrush. When I came back into the bedroom he was in bed wearing a white T-shirt and white Y-fronts. I got in and said ‘budge-up’. It was very English.

‘It was gentle. Our clothes came off in the dark. He said, ‘you’re so beautiful’. We drifted off to sleep in each other’s arms.’ The following morning, he was up early, as ever.

‘He asked how I was, and said, ‘Do you regret it?’ I said no and he said neither did he and that my a*** had looked amazing in the moonlight.’

The relationship grew, but as it did so, the terms became clear: Farage told her it had to remain a secret.

‘He said he wanted me to go into a relationship with my eyes wide open. That he really liked me but he warned me that if people found out they would make my life hell.

‘I was already committed. I knew what we had was very special. I was in love. I was happy.’

From then on, she says, they were a ‘proper couple’ and Farage moved into her flat in the Maelbeek area whenever he was in Brussels.

‘He kept clothes and some shoes there. We still went out with others as a group and I think everyone knew by then that we were an item.’

For a while, Ms Fuller happily played the part of a surrogate wife, organising his life, both domestic and professional.

‘He was rather messy and left wet towels on the floor for me to pick up every morning. He could also be very absent-minded at times.’

Much later in the relationship, for example, he complained of earache while attending the 2014 party conference in Torquay.

‘I found out it was because he had left a broken Q-tip stuck in his ear for days,’ she says.

He was never too absent-minded for one important task, however.

In a letter to  Fuller, Farage said: 'I only wish that I had been free for you. With all my heart and body. Love Nigel

 

In a letter to  Fuller, Farage said: ‘I only wish that I had been free for you. With all my heart and body. Love Nigel

‘He was religious about polishing his shoes,’ she says.

‘And he seemed to have an awful lot. He told me he usually did the job himself on a Sunday.’

For a while, she was happy to remain a mistress, but as time passed her feelings changed.

‘In those early days, he was my reason for getting up in the mornings. Whenever Nigel left to go back to England, it was horrible and I was desolate.

‘He couldn’t even call me on the phone because he said he was with his family. It was very hard for me to know that he had another life.

‘Kirsten knew he was seeing me because someone in the party told her. I used to ring the home in Kent and she would hang up on me, or I could hear her hand the phone to Nigel with an acerbic ‘it’s her’.’

Growing increasingly depressed by her position as ‘the other woman’, Ms Fuller says she started to self-harm.

‘I started to cut myself some months into the relationship because I couldn’t articulate how I felt. When I told Nigel, he was devastated and blamed himself. He begged me to stop and said that he loved me.’

In the summer of 2006, Ms Fuller moved back to Britain to work in Ukip’s London press office where, although she still struggled with the clandestine nature of the affair, the two continued as lovers.

On November 3, her 25th birthday, Farage gave her a diamond pendant as a token of their feelings for each other. When that was stolen, he paid for a sapphire and diamond replacement.

But by the autumn, Ms Fuller decided to end the relationship and told him as they went for a walk on Beachy Head in East Sussex.

‘I was quite stand-offish with him and said that it wasn’t working. I didn’t want to be the other woman any more. I loved him but I wanted a proper relationship.’

He said he understood, but that his children were his priority.

A week later, she received a letter from Farage – dated November 25, 2006 – which she still keeps.

‘No one will ever love, understand or care for you the way that I do,’ it reads. ‘I adore you and the bond of friendship that we have shared. What I dread is not being close to you… I fear that this may not go away for many years.’

Pleading with her to take care of herself, he signed off the letter with: ‘I only wish that I had been free for you. With all my heart and body. Love Nigel x’.

She says: ‘I was angry. He was telling me he loved me and I wanted it to be a clean break.

‘I wanted a shot at a normal life. It was the first time he had declared his feelings so openly. But it was too little too late. I had to end it for me and for him but I know it hurt him very badly. We kept in touch because I could not imagine him not being in my life.’

She embarked on a new relationship, but this foundered. And by December 2007, she was back in a sexual relationship with Farage – which continued even when she quit the party in the autumn of 2008 to work with military charities in the UK.

‘I’d hoped to make a fresh start but even then I found I couldn’t cut the ties to him. He was the only person I could rely on.’

Besides, she found that she missed the excitement of politics and, in 2010, she asked Farage if she could go back and work for him, helping his successful campaign to become leader of the party, before working as his press aide.

At Christmas, he bought her a striking blood-red Vivienne Westwood coat from Harrods.

On her 25th birthday, Farage gave her a diamond pendant as a token of their feelings for each other. When that was stolen, he paid for a sapphire and diamond replacement.

 

On her 25th birthday, Farage gave her a diamond pendant as a token of their feelings for each other. When that was stolen, he paid for a sapphire and diamond replacement.

By now, however, there was a further complication. Farage had met a French woman called Laure Ferrari, 16 years his junior. (For years, Farage denied they were together, although in recent weeks his aides have confirmed the relationship, as first reported in The Mail on Sunday.)

Ms Fuller says she and Farage kept their relationship strictly professional between 2010 and 2012, however the sex resumed from 2013 onwards – only this time she felt there was a more sordid aspect to the liaisons.

‘He used to ask for hand massages and say he had all the stress in his hands. I used to give him them and we would talk and sometimes he would say, ‘how about here’, pointing down at his trousers.’

Then, in March 2014, came a bombshell intervention on the floor of the European Parliament when then Ukip MEP Nikki Sinclaire used parliamentary privilege to allege that Ms Fuller was ‘Farage’s mistress’, a claim he refused to answer immediately.

He later branded her action ‘cowardly and malicious’.

‘I have spoken to every national newspaper on this issue and the answer remains the same as it was in 2006,’ he said. ‘The answer is no.’

In May 2014, Ukip caused a minor earthquake by winning 24 seats in the European elections, beating both Labour and the Conservatives, a result which left Farage and his colleagues euphoric.

For Ms Fuller, however, it would prove a turning point.

Although she had worked on the election campaign, she was ordered to leave a celebration party near St James’s Park in Central London.

‘I was told by one of Nigel’s security staff that I had to leave on the orders of Kirsten Farage and that she would have me dragged out by my hair if I didn’t go,’ she says. ‘So I did, so as not to cause a scene. It was the culmination of how utterly cut off I was. I felt ashamed, useless and alone.’

She says the humiliation helped trigger a suicide attempt, the first of four dangerous episodes of self-harm in the course of the next few years. ‘I went home and slit my wrists and burnt myself with a cigarette repeatedly on my arm.

‘I went to hospital after a friend called an ambulance.’

Even so, the sexual encounters with Farage would continue.

‘He once turned up at my house in Wiltshire in 2015, a baseball cap pulled down over his eyes,’ she says. ‘He wanted sex. I told him no. But as usual Nigel was very insistent. We didn’t end up having full sex, but I did end up feeling like a hooker after he left.’

And when he propositioned her in an MEP’s office in Brussels in the spring of 2016, she once again accepted. ‘He came in and shut the door. He was lying on the sofa, we were talking and he said he was horny.

‘Very explicitly, he said, ‘I’m so stressed’ and asked me to give him a hand massage, which was always followed by me performing a sex act on him. It was over and done with quickly. At that point I was beyond caring.’

The last encounter took place in Strasbourg on October 4 last year. Again he entered the office when she was alone. ‘He gave me a kiss. I wanted affection. And I did as he asked.

‘But I felt disgusted with myself. The next day I learnt the EU was investigating some expenses and I flipped. That combined with the Nigel situation left me feeling that life was pointless. So I cut my wrist in the ladies’ toilet of the European Parliament and ended up in hospital in France.’

Throughout this time, she says, the pressure to maintain the lie became unbearable – the more so since they had been ‘outed’ on the floor of the European Parliament.

‘Nigel said we could keep it out of the media if both of us kept denying it and warned that it would be much worse for me if it came out.

‘I know we had many conversations about it in 2015 and 2016 when we were standing in my garden in the West Country. He told me we must keep any controversy out of the headlines until after Brexit.

‘The other month someone called me damaged, and that’s how I feel. A stupid girl.

‘I feel used and discarded. Now, I want to tell the truth so that I can claim my life back.

‘I’m fed up with living in the shadow of my former self. I’m tired of being ashamed of who I am. I’m not vain enough to think ‘He couldn’t help himself,’ but I do think it was up to him to not to get involved with me.

Last night, Mr Farage declined to confirm or deny that he had had an affair with Ms Fuller. In a statement he said: ‘At the time of Ms Fuller’s employment the party did not know there was a history of mental illness and other serious personal issues.

‘I always tried to help her, recognising that she had ability, and prevented her from being fired on several occasions.’

In his book, The Purple Revolution: The Year That Changed Everything, Farage credits a teacher at Dulwich College for instilling in him a rule for life, ‘the 11th commandment: don’t get caught’.

Today, that commandment lies shattered. And Farage, Ms Fuller says, has only himself to blame.

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One denial from Russian television network RT leaves us with even more questions over Russia’s state influence on UK politics and a trail of Kremlin money. So far, eight public officials are known to have received £9,000 in Russian state funds and Farage is earning a mystery £60,000.

We know that RT is a state actor. A Russian TV channel directly funded by Vladimir Putin, and the content of which is strictly controlled as part of Russia’s foreign office apparatus.

A fee from RT is a direct payment from the Kremlin.

We also know that key UKIP figures including Nigel Farage are tied to the Kremlin but have either denied or declined to respond to questions around being paid to appear on RT. Farage himself was even knighted on Sam Delaney’s News Thing, a flagship show on the channel.

RT responded to questions by saying they did not pay people themselves, but could not answer for independent production companies.

Because of this single, almost uninteresting line of response we can now expose a number of British public officials being paid Kremlin money to assist a state actor, and delve into the changing fortunes of those linked to UKIP.

“In some sense, not having our own foreign broadcasting is the same as not having a ministry of defence. When there is no war, it looks like we don’t need it. However, when there is a war, it is critical…when Russia is at war, we are, of course, on Russia’s side…to make an alternative channel that shares information unavailable elsewhere in order to “conquer the audience” and expose it to Russian state messaging.”

In the words of RT’s Editor-in-Chief, Margarita Simonyan: “In some sense, not having our own foreign broadcasting is the same as not having a ministry of defense [sic]. When there is no war, it looks like we don’t need it. However, when there is a war, it is critical.”
She added that “when Russia is at war, we are, of course, on Russia’s side,” adding that “RT’s goal is “to make an alternative channel that shares information unavailable elsewhere in order to “conquer the audience” and expose it to Russian state messaging.”

RT and Simonyan are closely tied to top Russian Government officials, especially Presidential Administration Deputy Chief of Staff Aleksey Gromov, who reportedly manages political TV coverage in Russia and is one of the founders of RT. Gromov oversees political coverage on TV, and he has periodic meetings with media managers where he shares classified information and discusses their coverage plans.

The Russian Government sets rating and viewership requirements for RT and, since it receives budget from the state, it must complete tasks given by the state. RT news stories are written and edited “to become news” exclusively in RT’s Moscow office.

RT hires or makes contractual agreements with Westerners with views that fit its agenda and airs them on RT. Some hosts and journalists do not present themselves as associated with RT when interviewing people, and many of them have affiliations to other media and activist organizations.

“RT cryptically refer to “independent production companies”, who are of course in turn paid by Russia Today, who are paid by the Kremlin. If you checkout some of the members declared interests and payments at Westminster, you’ll find that anyone who appears on Russia Today receives a payment from a company called: Studio Sixty Billion”

Exploring the extensive and murky ties between UKIP and the Kremlin, questions were put to both Gerard Batten and Nigel Farage, on the topic of direct payments from RT. Batten denied ever having been paid an appearance fee and Farage did not respond.

RT however did respond, saying: “RT never paid either of them for their appearances. We cannot comment on whether any compensation was provided by independent production companies.”

One such production company is Studio Sixty Billion, where RT presenter of the show Sam Delaney’s News Thing is registered as the director.

One researcher in the field contacted Byline after the UKIP article, saying: “RT cryptically refer to “independent production companies”, who are of course in turn paid by Russia Today, who are paid by the Kremlin. If you checkout some of the members declared interests and payments at Westminster, you’ll find that anyone who appears on Russia Today receives a payment from a company called: Studio Sixty Billion, who are based near London bridge/Southwark in London. They seem to be quite fond of promoting the bizarre, chaotic and surreal, there’s some frankly bizarre assange stuff theyve [sic] made. They produce programmes for RT too.”

“Much like the Kremlin does in Russia (hyper-normalisation) to confuse people and make them hanker for stability,” they added.

“Studio Sixty Billion were contacted this morning and were asked if their production budgets came direct from RT for RT content, and if RT had correctly asserted that they as the independent production paid guests as part of that budget allocation. The company spokesperson said: “I’m afraid I can’t help you on this, you’ll have to find that information elsewhere.”

Studio Sixty Billion, previously Studio 60 Billion, is now registered in Borehamwood and was incorporated on the 22nd of July 2015 as a £1 limited company.

It was originally registered at Unit 438, Metal Box Factory in Borough, London, and changed the address in March 2017.

Sam Delaney became sole director in July 2016 and Companies House records show it was set up as a mailbox style company, with Delaney owning £5,000 in shares at the 13th of November 2015.

The company accounts for the period ending in July 2016 show net assets of £187,163 and shareholder’s funds of £218,640, with £5,000 in share capital shown as called up at incorporation – Delaney’s shares.

Overall, the balance sheet is healthy.

Studio Sixty Billion were contacted this morning and were asked if their production budgets came direct from RT for RT content, and if RT had correctly asserted that they as the independent production paid guests as part of that budget allocation. The company spokesperson said: “I’m afraid I can’t help you on this, you’ll have to find that information elsewhere.”

RT do clearly allocate a budget to the shows they produce and broadcast, and their content and finances are directly managed at a state level. Because of international investigations and known facts this means Studio Sixty Billion is acting for the Kremlin to help “conquer the audience and expose it to Russian state messaging.”

This also means the guests are directly exposed to a Kremlin asset and unknown human contacts – potentially from intelligence services, receive funds direct from a state actor, and are assisting the Kremlin with their foreign operations.

“using the search facility within the UK’s Parliament website, it immediately returns other occasions where declared payments from a state actor have been made to serving British officials.”

On a cursory search of the terms “MP register of interests Studio Sixty Billion”, three results immediately appear at the top of the search return.

David Davies, MP for Monmouth, lists two payments from Studio Sixty Billion in his register of financial interests for two appearances on Delaney’s News Thing.

The first declared fee was £750 for an appearance on the 22nd of December 2016, and included off-stage preparation time. The second appearance was on the 22nd of March 2017, again with a fee of £750 and a longer period of ‘preparation time’.

Nigel Evans, MP for Ribble Valley, lists two payments from Studio Sixty Billion in his register of financial interests, also for two appearances, and both paid at £750. On the 17th of November 2016 and the 21st of April 2016, Evans lists the payments as from Delaney’s company but notes the purpose of both as “appearing on ‘Russia Today’.”

Former MP for Rochdale, Simon Danczuk, lists two payments of £750 from Studio Sixty Billion in his own register of interests. Both fees, for appearances on the 10th of October 2016 and the 24th of February 2017, were paid to Danczuk Media Ltd.

In total, this shows £4,500 pounds of directly attributable Kremlin state funds paid direct to British MP’s over the years 2016 to 2017.

However, by using the search facility within the UK’s Parliament website, it immediately returns other occasions where declared payments from a state actor have been made to serving British officials.

“Lord Prescott responded to a query on the declared interests saying: “I’ll have to check with my secretary because they do all this admin stuff. I went on there a couple of times I think but when I found out it was a Russian thing I haven’t been on since.”

Lord Prescott shows an entry in his register which reads: “interest deleted 18/01/2017

Guest on ‘Sam Delaney’s News Thing’ programme for RT UK (26 November 2015); fee and travel expenses paid by Studio Sixty Billion.”

A second entry reads: “Interest deleted 18/01/2017 Guest on ‘Sam Delaney’s News Thing’ programme for RT UK (14 January 2016); fee and travel expenses paid by Studio Sixty Billion.”

A third: “Interest deleted 15/06/2017 Guest on ‘Sam Delaney’s News Thing’ programme for RT UK (3 June 2016), fee, travel and hotel expenses paid by Studio Sixty Billion.”

Rosie Duffy, MP for Canterbury, records: “12 October 2017, received £500 from Russia Today (Studio Sixty Billion, Unit 438, Metal Box Factory, 30 Great Guilford Street, London SE1 0HS) for an appearance on News Thing on 28 July 2017. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 19 October 2017)”

Mike Freer, MP for Finchley and Golder’s Green, records: “Payments from Studio Sixty Billion, 16 Short’s Gardens, London WC2H 9AU: 4 October 2016, received £1,000 for TV appearance and preparation. Hours: 1.5 hrs. (Registered 06 October 2016)”

Johnny Mercer, MP for Plymouth, Moor View, records: “16 December 2015, received £1,000 from Studio Sixty Billion, 16 Short Gardens, London WC2H 9AU, for filming of a television programme. Hours: 3 hrs. (Registered 07 January 2016)”

Above this entry, Mercer records being paid only £600 by the Daily Mail for four hours work, an amount he specifically states was given away to charity.

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham, declares: “Payments from Studio Sixty Billion, 16 Shorts Gardens, London WC2H 9AU: 1 December 2015, received fee of £1,000 for appearance on a TV panel show. Hours 2 hrs. (Registered 07 January 2016)” and “28 January 2016, received fee of £1,000 for appearance on a TV panel show. Hours 2 hrs. (Registered 12 February 2016)”.

During the same period, Lammy was paid between £350 and £500 for appearances of similar duration on the BBC.

Lord Prescott responded to a query on the declared interests saying: “I’ll have to check with my secretary because they do all this admin stuff. I went on there a couple of times I think but when I found out it was a Russian thing I haven’t been on since.”

“They’re all over the world poking their noses in everyone’s business,” he added.

While the exact fees paid to Lord Prescott are unknown, this initial search of parliamentary records shows that 8 British officials have declared payments from a state actor in the last few years, totalling £9,000.

This has also exposed to them a Kremlin-managed environment for a period of time, during which intelligence services were presented with opportunities of physical access to them and their belongings.

“During the 2010 to 2014 period alone, the Guardian have previously documented 17 appearances by Farage on RT, escalating over time. UKIP insiders have alleged he was being paid £2,000 per appearance during this period, which would have totalled £34,000 and would have made up the bulk of his 2014 net assets.”

Danczuk is not the only official to run media payments through a limited company.

Nigel Farage has his own, Thorn In The Side Limited, registered at Companies House.

It is known that Farage has declared his media activities in Europe to bring in over £5,000 since 2010.

While he declined to answer questions as to whether he had been paid by RT, and whether his own appearance fee was £2,000 as alleged by UKIP insiders, the company accounts are revealing.

Farage is the sole director of the company, first registered in 2011 in Essex.

The balance sheet of the first trading year shows a nominal amount of income, which ties into his declaration in the EU parliament register of interests. He held £9,737 cash at the bank in the period ending May 2012 and owed £6,448, leaving him £3,289 in shareholders funds.

By the 31st of May 2013, the accounts were drastically different. Cash at bank had risen to £62,825 and net assets to £41,227.

By the 31 of May 2014, the finances had grown again. Cash at bank stood at £76,945 and net assets to £57,200, while debts had decreased from £21,548 to £19,745.

By 2016, the net assets had risen to £61,871.

During the 2010 to 2014 period alone, the Guardian have previously documented 17 appearances by Farage on RT, escalating over time. UKIP insiders have alleged he was being paid £2,000 per appearance during this period, which would have totalled £34,000 and would have made up the bulk of his 2014 net assets.

In 2014, the Daily Mail briefly pursued an investigation into Nigel Farage’s company, concluding: “by using Thorn In The Side as a personal service company, he will have only paid £9,097.60 in corporation tax, and a further £1,687.50 on a £7,500 he took as a dividend, taxed at 22.5 per cent.

This will have presented a saving of £11,097.93 on an income tax bill. Mr Farage could then draw the money out as income more slowly, limiting his tax liability. He would be taxed on the money when he draws it later.”

“He used to declare outside earnings on his register of members interests for journalism of €500- €1,000 and lecturing fees of €1,001- €5,000 a month. It is not clear what Mr Farage is actually paid for, but he regularly appears on TV and radio and writes in newspapers, although not all publications pay for articles,” they added.

Further examining Farage’s most recent declaration of interests in the EU, dated 2017, shows he has substantial income from two distinct revenue streams.

“This allows us to accurately estimate that Farage has an annual income of at least £180,000 on top his MEP salary and expenses, at least £60,000 of which comes from unknown sources.”

He declares “broadcast contracts” as a level 4 income, meaning they are valued at “more than EUR 10 000 gross a month.” This will include his LBC show and work on Fox News.

Separately, he declares occasional income under the description “Political and current affairs commentator” as a level 3 income, meaning the work is valued “EUR 5001 to EUR 10 000 gross a month”.

This allows us to accurately estimate that Farage has an annual income of at least £180,000 on top his MEP salary and expenses, at least £60,000 of which comes from unknown sources.

As yet, Farage has not responded to questions as to whether he has been paid fees by Studio Sixty Billion, what for, how often, and how much he has earned from them.

“you’re just looking for a fucking smoking gun mate.”

Studio Sixty Billion’s Ben Rigden made a further comment for the company, saying: “I know what you’re up to. We’re contracted to make shows for RT like any other production company would be. We have a budget from RT and we make the show. They don’t have anything to do with our guests or writers.”

When asked about the MP’s declared payments, he said: “Check your OFCOM rules, I don’t have to talk about who we pay or how much. Whether MP’s declare it is their business.”

When asked if he had ever paid Nigel Farage and how much, he said: “We’re just an independent contractor operating within the rules, you’re just looking for a fucking smoking gun mate.”

He was right.

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Exposing The Unholy Alliance … #Trump, #Assange, #Bannon, #Farage …

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‘IF it looks like a duck & it walks like a duck and it sounds like a duck, it most probably is a duck …’

Corruption is remarcably hard to prove as the corrupt are the most effective witnesses – often the only witnesses – one is well advised to consider the context, study the motivation and follow the money … Then and only then ‘IF it looks like corruption etc. …’

Julian Assange was asked by Cambridge Analytica if he wanted ‘help’ with Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails.
Julian Assange was asked by Cambridge Analytica if he wanted ‘help’ with Hillary Clinton’s stolen emails. Photograph: Dominic Lipinski/PA

Last Wednesday, 11 months into Donald Trump’s new world order, in the first year of normalisation, a sudden unblurring of lines took place. A shift. A door of perception swung open.

Because that was the day that the dramatis personae of two separate Trump-Russia scandals smashed headlong into one another. A high-speed news car crash between Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks, the two organisations that arguably had the most impact on 2016, coming together last week in one head-spinning scoop.

That day, we learned that Alexander Nix, the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, the controversial data firm that helped Trump to power, had contacted Julian Assange to ask him if he wanted “help” with Wikileaks’s stash of stolen emails.

That’s the stash of stolen emails that had such a devastating impact on Hillary Clinton in the last months of the campaign. And this story brought Wikileaks, which the head of the CIA describes as a “hostile intelligence service”, directly together with the Trump campaign for which Cambridge Analytica worked. This is an amazing plot twist for the company, owned by US billionaire Robert Mercer, which is already the subject of investigations by the House intelligence committee, the Senate intelligence committee, the FBI and, it was announced late on Friday night, the Senate judiciary committee.

So far, so American. These are US scandals involving US politics and the news made the headlines in US bulletins across US networks.

But it’s also Cambridge Analytica, the data analytics company, which has its headquarters in central London and that, following a series of articles about its role in Brexit in the Guardian and the Observer, is also being investigated, by the Electoral Commission and the Information Commissioner’s Office. The company that was spun out of a British military contractor, is headed by an old Etonian and that responded to our stories earlier this year by threatening to sue us. It’s our Cambridge it’s named after, not the American one, and it was here that it processed the voter files of 240 million US citizens.

It’s also here that this “hostile intelligence service” – Wikileaks – is based. The Ecuadorian embassy is just a few miles, as the crow flies, from Cambridge Analytica’s head office. Because this is not just about America. It’s about Britain, too. This is transatlantic. It’s not possible to separate Britain and the US in this whole sorry mess – and I say this as someone who has spent months trying. Where we see this most clearly is in that other weird Wikileaks connection: Nigel Farage. Because that moment in March when Farage was caught tripping down the steps of the Ecuadorian embassy was the last moment the lines suddenly became visible. That the ideological overlaps between Wikileaks and Trump and Brexit were revealed to be not just lines, but a channel of communication.

‘Nigel Farage, who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange.’
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Because if there’s one person who’s in the middle of all of this, but who has escaped any proper scrutiny, it’s Nigel Farage. That’s Nigel Farage, who led the Leave.EU campaign, which is being investigated by the Electoral Commission alongside Cambridge Analytica, about whether the latter made an “impermissible donation” of services to the Leave campaign. Nigel Farage who visited Donald Trump and then Julian Assange. Who is friends with Steve Bannon and Robert Mercer. Who headed an organisation – Ukip – which has multiple, public, visible but almost entirely unreported Russian connections. Who is paid by the Russian state via the broadcaster RT, which was banned last week from Twitter. And who appears like clockwork on British television without any word of this.

This is a power network that involves Wikileaks and Farage, and Cambridge Analytica and Farage, and Robert Mercer and Farage. Steve Bannon, former vice president of Cambridge Analytica, and Farage. It’s Nigel Farage and Brexit and Trump and Cambridge Analytica and Wikileaks… and, if the Senate intelligence committee and the House intelligence committee and the FBI are on to anything at all, somewhere in the middle of all that, Russia.

Try to follow this on a daily basis and it’s one long headspin: a spider’s web of relationships and networks of power and patronage and alliances that spans the Atlantic and embraces data firms, thinktanks and media outlets. It is about complicated corporate structures in obscure jurisdictions, involving offshore funds funnelled through the black-box algorithms of the platform tech monopolists. That it’s eye-wateringly complicated and geographically diffuse is not a coincidence. Confusion is the charlatan’s friend, noise its accessory. The babble on Twitter is a convenient cloak of darkness.

Yet it’s also quite simple. In a well-functioning democracy, a well-functioning press and a well-functioning parliament would help a well-functioning judiciary do its job. Britain is not that country. There is a vacuum where questions should be, the committees, the inquiries, the headlines on the TV bulletins. What was Nigel Farage doing in the Ecuadorian embassy? More to the point: why has no public official asked him? Why is he giving speeches – for money – in the US? Who’s paying him? I know this because my weirdest new hobby of 2017 is to harry Arron Banks, the Bristol businessman who was Ukip and Leave.EU’s main funder, and Andy Wigmore, Leave.EU’s comms man and Belize’s trade attache to the US, across the internet late at night. Wigmore told me about this new US venture – an offshore-based political consultancy working on Steve Bannon-related projects – in a series of tweets. Is it true? Who knows? Leave.EU has learned from its Trumpian friends that black is white and white is black and these half-facts are a convenient way of diffusing scandal and obscuring truth.

What on earth was Farage doing advancing Calexit – Californian Brexit? And why did I find a photo of him hanging out with Dana Rohrabacher, the Californian known in the US press as “Putin’s favourite congressman”? The same Dana Rohrabacher who’s met with Don Trump Jr’s Russian lawyer and – wait for it – also visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy. And who is now interceding on his behalf to obtain a pardon from Don Trump Junior’s dad.

(You got this? Farage visited Trump, then Assange, then Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher met Don Trump’s Russian lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya. Then Assange. And is now trying to close the circle with Trump.)

In these post-truth times, journalists are fighting the equivalent of a firestorm with a bottle of water and a wet hankie. We desperately need help. We need public pressure. We need parliament to step up and start asking proper questions. There may be innocent answers to all these questions. Let’s please just ask them.

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one wonders if the source of the article below, florid as its language might be, is right this time it has proved accurate in the past. Other sources have already shown the veracity of my articles regarding Arron Banks and the coverage of George Cantrell were correct and there are sound grounds for believing Farage is in danger of arrest by American authorities – those who follow the facts will have noted he has been dropped by Trump since he was elected, even to the extent of withdrawing his invitation to the Inauguration at a time when Trump’s version of ‘Comical Ali’ was desperate to increase numbers to make his lies in the Press Office seem plausible, which they were not!

Trump And Farage – Shit Hits Fan

Last week, I noted that Combover Crybaby Donald Trump, the embattled yet still nominally sitting President of the USA, had effectively thrown former UKIP Oberscheissenführer Nigel “Thirsty” Farage under the bus. Any unwanted fallout from Mr Thirsty’s visit to the Ecuadorian embassy would have to be carried by the man Wot Did It. Now, although Farage has not yet acknowledged the fact, matter have got rather more serious.
 
Next one with bars, eh?


It was The Donald’s least favoured network CNN that told the world how serious. “A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter … The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are”. The investigation concerns Trump, his gang, and Russia.

There was more. “Mueller’s team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials”. Manafort is close to Farage.
 
Moreover, Manafort had his home raided by the FBI in August, under what is known as a “no knock” warrant – the Feds just marched in and seized what they wanted. Manafort was given no notice because of a perceived fear that he would destroy evidence.
So what does this mean for all those from the UK who courted Trump so assiduously? Well, that very much depends on what form the courting took. Anything looking like collusion, conspiracy, dabbling in dodgy material, and certainly anything to do with the influencing of the democratic process would put any or all of those people well beyond the mouth of Shit Creek without recourse to any hand-held marine propulsion device.
 
After CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz broke the news, those consequences were explained by Renato Mariotti, who is not merely some amateur Twitter pundit, but a former Federal prosecutor. Readers are advised to pay good heed to his words here.
To approve an indictment, grand jurors must find there is enough evidence to show there’s good reason to believe the crime was committed … But federal prosecutors don’t present indictments unless they believe they can prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt at trial … Generally prosecutors wait until the end of the investigation to present indictments, so they have all of the evidence beforehand … Sometimes prosecutors will indict someone earlier if they hit a ‘wall’ and want to get someone to flip”.
 
Who might they have in mind? “Given Mueller’s ongoing interviews of White House staff, it doesn’t appear that his investigation is wrapping up soon … So this suggests to me that he most likely is indicting someone early to get him/her to flip. The obvious candidate is Paul Manafort”. There is also the consideration that Mueller may want to get his foot in the door before Trump tries to fire him. We’ll get on to that part later.
Behold a headless chicken


All of that is bad, but for Farage, there is worse. Information arrived on Zelo Street last week concerning someone whom the investigators may want to flip. The name in the frame was not Paul Manafort. It was someone even closer to Nigel Farage. That ties up with Mariotti’s analysis (for reasons of not wanting to frighten the horses, the name will not be pitched here – yet).

 
And for anyone still not convinced that this is serious for all within the Trump orbit, all you need is to look at the headless chicken display coming out of Fox News Channel (fair and balanced my arse) right now. All semblance of news presentation and grounding the narrative in reality has been abandoned in favour of turning the network into Trump TV.
Don’t panic, Mr Murdoch!


So FNC is running knocking copy on Mueller, signalling panic – and opening the door to nudging a highly susceptible President into sacking the Special Prosecutor. Viewers were urged to look anywhere else but at the prospect of their hero going the same way as Richard Milhous Nixon – except in rather less time.

 
Professional loudmouth Sean Hannity was on the case as soon as CNN broke the Mueller story. “When will @HillaryClinton be indicted?” Panic indeed. And there was more. “This has been a HORRIBLE week for Mueller, Special Counsel’s office. THIS IS ALL A DISTRACTION. Monday I’ll have the details. TICK TOCK….!”. Drink that Kool-Aid!
 
It won’t work. And in bad news for the Murdoch mafiosi – remember, Rupert Murdoch is now in personal change of FNC – Media Matters for America is on the case. The attempts by FNC to talk up a “Hillary Clinton uranium story” – one with the paw prints of FNC host Hannity and his Breitbart counterpart Steve Bannon all over it – are not credible. It’s panic propagandising. The shit has well and truly hit the fan.
So should Farage and his pals steer clear of their trips to the USA? But you know the answer to that: Mr Thirsty and his closest comrades believe they’re untouchable. So sit back, get the popcorn in – and wait to see who gets flipped first.

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Nigel Farage admits trying to avoid tax with offshore fund

Nigel Farage admits trying to avoid tax with offshore fund
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Nigel Farage tried to avoid tax by setting up an offshore trust fund, an investigation has revealed.

The former Ukip leader admitted to the fund after an investigation by the Mirror discovered the scheme on the Isle of Man.

Farage, 49, told the Mirror his ‘financial advisers recommended I did it’.

He added: ‘It was a mistake. I was a completely unsuitable person for it. I am not blaming them it was my fault.

‘It’s a vehicle that you chuck things in through your life that you don’t need and you build up a trust fund for your children or grandchildren.

Nigel Farage admits trying to avoid tax with offshore fund
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‘It was called an ­educational trust and could have been used for grandchildren’s schools fees, things like that.

‘It was a mistake for three reasons. Firstly, I’m not rich enough to need one and I am never going to be.

‘Secondly, frankly, the world has changed. Things that we thought were absolutely fair practice 10 years, 20 years ago, 30 years ago aren’t any more.

‘Thirdly, it was a mistake because it cost me money. I sent a cheque off to set it up.’

He maintained that he never actually saw any financial benefit from the fund.

In a speech to the European Parliament Farage once actually criticised offshore tax funds, even naming the Isle of Man as a location where many are based.

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Mystery deepens over secret source of Brexit ‘dark money’

Only one major pro-Leave donor refuses to distance himself from controversial £435,000, which bankrolled DUP’s Brexit spending spree.

lead Richard Cook, chair of the secretive group that channelled £435,000 to the DUP, is interviewed at his home by Channel 4’s Alex Thomson. Image used under Fair Use: Channel 4. All rights reserved.A number of major political donors have denied they are the source of a controversial £435,000 donation to the DUP’s Brexit campaign, openDemocracy can reveal today – with only one person refusing to distance themself from the secret donation.

openDemocracy has investigated a list of key figures in relation to the donation, and all apart from one have either denied involvement or have made public statements indicating opposition to Brexit. The only person we contacted who has told us he will not comment is Henry Angest, a banker and longstanding Conservative party donor, who is known to be a supporter of Brexit. 

Continuing secrecy raises pressing questions about transparency in UK politics.

There is no evidence to suggest that Angest, nor any of the other figures we have contacted, are the source of the £435,000. Nor is there any suggestion that whoever gave this unprecedented sum to the DUP’s Leave campaign broke any laws.

But the continuing secrecy raises pressing questions about transparency in UK politics – particularly as Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party now holds the balance of power in parliament, propping up Theresa May’s minority government as it negotiates Brexit.

The UK government announced earlier this year that it will change the law to end donor secrecy in Northern Ireland, but has rejected calls to backdate the law to 2014, so that the source of the DUP donation could be revealed. Government and DUP sources have rejected accusations that this is ‘protection’ for the DUP, as part of their £1 billion deal to keep the Conservatives in power.

One consistent clue

Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) has repeatedly refused to reveal the source of the cash, which was spent on lavish pro-Leave campaigning in the weeks before Brexit. But we have consistently been given one clue as to where the money came from: that those behind the donation are passionate supporters of the Union between the four nations of the UK.

After openDemocracy first revealed the scale of the secret donation, DUP leader Arlene Foster was grilled about it on the BBC Northern Ireland show ‘The View’. She said that the money came from “an organisation in England that wants to see the Union kept”. Later that month, under continued pressure, her party disclosed that the money came from “pro-Union business people”, via a little-known group called the Constitutional Research Council (CRC). Glasgow-based Richard Cook, who chairs the CRC, has claimed that the group was set up to promote the Union, and has also revealed that Scottish people are among the donors.

openDemocracy has since investigated every major political donor who fits this profile. In particular, we contacted everyone who gave £25,000 or more to oppose independence in the run-up to the 2014 Scottish referendum, and asked each donor from that group (apart from those already on record as Remain supporters) if they were the source of the DUP donation.

The findings of our investigation are below.

Ruling out Remainers

‘Vote to Leave the EU’. Flickr/David Holt. CC-by-2.0.In February, we discovered that the £435,000 had been channelled to the DUP via a little-known group, the Constitutional Research Council (CRC). The DUP Brexit campaign manager Jeffrey Donaldson MP has described the CRC as “a group which supports constitutional pro-Union causes”. He added: “they believed, as did we, that Brexit would be good for the Union and bad for those who oppose it.” 

Our first step was to eliminate from our enquiries all the pro-Union donors who have also – vocally or financially – supported the Remain campaign. These include Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who gave a million pounds to the pro-Union Scottish campaign, Better Together, and has also spoken repeatedly in public about her support for EU membership. Donald Houston, whose firm Raindance Investments Ltd gave £200,000 to the pro-Union campaign in 2014, also contributed to the Remain campaign. The billionaire banker Bruno Schroder made significant donations to Better Together, the Remain campaign, and the Kensington Conservative party.

Ian Taylor’s company Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, was fined $7 million in 2007 for paying $13 million in kickbacks to Iraqi officials during the Saddam Hussein era. Taylor is also the majority shareholder in Harris Tweed Hebrides and chairman of the board of the Royal Opera House. He was a major donor to Better Together before the Scottish independence referendum, and also to the Remain campaign in 2016.

Orion Engineering is also an important player in Scotland’s oil industry, led by Alan Savage. The firm, which specialises in recruitment, gave £50,000 to Better Together ahead of the Scottish referendum. The firm has not responded to our attempts to contact Savage, but given that the firm has also supported the Liberal Democrats (opponents of Brexit), and in 2015 Savage wrote that “being part of the European Union is fundamental to my business”, and that “leaving the EU is a completely absurd idea”, we have ruled him out of our enquiries. 

“Mr Sansom knows nothing about this shower”

Next, there were those pro-Union donors who told us that they supported the Remain campaign, or vocally distanced themselves from the DUP deal.

Author Christopher Sansom is reported on the Electoral Commission website as having given £200,000 to Better Together (though The Scotsman has previously put the figure at £294,000). Speaking to openDemocracy via his agent, he confirmed that he “knows nothing about this shower”, and was a Remain supporter. 

Conservative peer Andrew Fraser is reported on the Electoral Commission website as having given £100,000 to Better Together of which he was treasurer, and also gave £20,000 to the “Let’s Stay Together” campaign (again, this number has been reported in the Scotsman as being higher). He was ennobled in David Cameron’s resignation honours, and, when asked by openDemocracy if he supported a Remain vote said, “I certainly did”.

The Scottish businessman Alan McFarlane, who is chairman of the advisory board of the think tank “Reform Scotland” and founder and senior partner of Edinburgh based investment management company Dundas Partners LLP, gave £20,000 to the Unionist “Vote No Borders” campaign, and also £10,000 to the “WSF2014 Ltd” pro-union campaign. Asked about the Constitutional Research Council, he told openDemocracy “I know nothing about them”, and sources confirmed that he was a Remain supporter.

Angus MacDonald, who made his fortune in the financial information industry and now works in recycling in Scotland, ran his own pro-Union campaign in 2014. He confirmed that he had “no idea about any of this”. The Constitutional Research Council chair Richard Cook also works in the waste management industry in Scotland, but MacDonald said he had “never heard of Richard Cook.”

The Earl of Seafield is the chieftain of Clan Grant and one of Scotland’s biggest landowners. It was the previous Earl of Seafield who, as Scotland’s Chancellor, signed the Act of the Union in 1707, famously saying, “there’s ane end of ane auld sang”. The current Earl made a donation of £100,000 under the name “Sir Ian Seafield” to the Better Together campaign, while his Reidhaven Trust Estate Ltd made a further donation of £20,000. Asked about the DUP donation, his spokesperson confirmed that “Lord Seafield does indeed know nothing about this”.

Banker Ivor Dunbar, former co-head of global capital markets at Deutsche Bank, gave £50,000 to Better Together in 2012. Dunbar is chairman of the Scottish based gap-year charity Project Trust, and has told openDemocracy he knows “nothing about the matters to which you refer”. 

Jimmy Milne is chairman and managing director of the Balmoral Group, a major player in the Scottish oil industry. His firm gave £58,000 to Better Together, but his spokesperson also confirmed that “he has no knowledge of the CRC or Richard Cook so is unable to assist with your enquiry”.

The Buccleuch Estates Limited, the company owned by the Duke of Buccleuch, gave a total of £55,724 to various pro-Union campaigns ahead of Scotland’s referendum, but confirmed to openDemocracy that they know nothing about the £435,000 donation to the DUP.

Sir David Garrard, a major Labour donor and Better Together supporter to the value of £25,000, told us that “I can confirm that I have never given directly, or knowingly indirectly, a penny piece to the DUP”.

Sir Edward Percy Keswick Weatherall’s family fortune comes from its controlling share of the bank Jardine Matheson, which played a notable role in the 19th century Opium Wars, an episode of British history so bloody that it caused William Gladstone to say at the time that he lived “in dread of the judgments of God upon England for our national iniquity towards China”.

Weatherall made a donation of £50,000 to Better Together ahead of the vote in Scotland in 2014. He has told openDemocracy that he was not involved in any donation to the Constitutional Research Council, and has never heard of the organisation or of its chair, Richard Cook. 

Mark Bamford, whose family firm owns the iconic heavy-machinery company JCB gave a £74,747.47 donation to a group called the Scottish Research Society ahead of the 2014 referendum. openDemocracy investigations have ascertained that The Scottish Research Society’s registered address was a flat in Edinburgh which belonged to Christopher Monckton, the former UKIP deputy leader and prominent climate change denier (and subject of previous openDemocracy investigations). However, Bamford responded to our queries saying “I am sorry I am unable to assist and any donations that may have been made are in the public domain.”

Malcolm Offord ran his own pro-Union campaign, named “Vote No Borders”, to which he personally donated £20,000, and which attracted a number of other substantial donations. Offord previously worked in the City, and moved back to Scotland to establish his own firm “Badenoch & Co”.

Badenoch’s office sits at the heart of Edinburgh’s New Town on the top floor of a building otherwise occupied by the firm Murray Capital, owned by the controversial former Rangers owner David Murray. Together, they face across Charlotte Square to Bute House, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland.

In 2016, Offord spoke in favour of a Leave vote, and he is well connected with the Unionist, political and business worlds in Scotland. However, his office has told us that he knows nothing about the donation to the Constitutional Research Council and the DUP.

The Marquess of Salisbury and Stalbury trustees

Hatfield House. Imaged used under Fair Use: http://www.hatfield-house.co.uk/. All rights reserved.Stalbury Trustees, who gave to Better Together, are regular donors to the Conservative party. Their trustees include the Marquess of Salisbury, a former leader of the Conservatives in the House of Lords who is known to have supported a Leave vote. Salisbury has long taken an interest in Northern Irish Unionism, and, in 2010, hosted talks between the Conservatives and Northern Irish Unionist parties, including prominent DUP figures, at his home, Hatfield House, in Hertfordshire.

The Marquess of Salisbury is also a donor to the think tank Open Europe. As openDemocracy has previously revealed, one Open Europe former staff member, Christopher Howarth, is now responsible for the European Research Group – the secretive pro-Brexit MP group which received funding from the Constitutional Research Council when it was chaired by the now Brexit minister, Steve Baker. Another former Open Europe staffer, Raoul Ruparel, now works as a Special Adviser in the Department for Exiting the EU alongside Steve Baker, the former ERG chair.

‘No one involved with Stalbury is aware of the specific donation which you mention.’

openDemocracy wrote to Mr Ulric David Barnett, who is secretary of the trust (and lists his profession as “gentleman”). We received a phone call from the mailroom of a legal firm named Forsters, in Mayfair. The address belongs to them, and they initially claimed they knew no one of that name. However, we eventually managed to establish that the trust is, in fact, a client of the firm. After emailing and telephoning the relevant lawyer, we finally received this statement:

“I can tell you that Stalbury has made no donation to the Constitutional Research Council, nor, directly or indirectly, to the Democratic Unionist Party and no one involved with Stalbury is aware of the specific donation which you mention.”

The distillers William Grant and Sons, who produce whiskies including Glenfiddich and Balvenie, donated £135,000 to Better Together, and £25,000 each to the separate pro-Union campaigns “Vote No Borders”, run by the businessman Malcolm Offord, and £25,000 to the campaign run by the previously mentioned Angus MacDonald. After chasing up our letters to them, we received a phone call from Jack Irvine, CEO of Media House International, who told us that he had arranged the Better Together donation, and that “I can assure you there was no connection” between the company and the Constitutional Research Council or the DUP. 

The Vestey family

There is one major Unionist donor who has not responded to our repeated attempts to contact him.

The Vestey family are heirs to a vast meat processing fortune, and one of their firms, Western United Investment Management Ltd, gave £40,000 to Better Together. Lord Samuel Vestey is Master of the Horse in the Royal household, and perhaps best known in the UK for the ‘horse meat scandal’, in which his firm supplied horse meat, labelled as beef, to a number of major outlets in 2013. In Australia, he is notorious for the more serious allegation that he used Aboriginal people as “virtual slaves”, leading to the iconic “Wave Hill Walk Off” in 1966 and remembered in the Australian protest song, “From little things, big things grow”. Both Vestey and his father served in the Scots Guards.

We have been unable to establish whether Lord Vestey took a firm public position on the EU referendum, but in an interview with Farmers’ Weekly in April this year he talked about how difficult Brexit would be for farmers, and worried about the shock to British voters as a result of what he called a “divorce settlement” – not language traditionally associated with Leave supporters.

The Vesteys have not responded to our repeated attempts to contact them. 

Henry Angest and Arbuthnot Latham

There is one major donor to the Unionist cause in 2014 who is known to have supported Brexit, and who has refused to deny involvement in the DUP donation.

Sir Henry Angest, Chairman and Chief Executive of Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC. Image used under Fair Use: Arbuthnot Banking Group PLC. All rights reserved.Henry Angest is a Swiss-born banker with an estate in Bridge of Cally, Perthshire. He is chairman and chief executive of the private bank Arbuthnot Latham, owner of the firm Flowidea, and a former treasurer of the Conservative party. He has given over £1.9 million to the Conservative party and made headlines when he was given a knighthood by David Cameron, causing what the Daily Mail called a “cash for titles storm”. He made headlines again when, in 2013, it was revealed that Secure Trust Bank plc, of which he was chair, owned the controversial high-cost loans company Everyday Loans, which was reported to charge interest at an average of 74.8% APR. His bank sold the company in April 2016.

Angest’s firm Flowidea gave £100,000 to Better Together in 2014, and £10,000 to the “North East says No” campaign, against devolution to the North East of England, in 2004. His Arbuthnot Banking Group gave £20,000 to the Vote No campaign in the referendum on the Alternative Vote in 2011. In 2016 alone, Arbuthnott gave £68,500 to the Conservative party, Flowidea gave £185,000 and Angest himself gave £2,000 to the Perth and Kinross Conservatives. 

Angest publicly backed Brexit, and, we are told, has long been involved in the Eurosceptic movement. Despite being a prolific donor to the causes he believes in, neither he, nor Flowidea, nor Arbuthnot, nor any of the 22 companies he is currently or has ever been a director of, are listed with the Electoral Commission as having registered any donations to any of the Leave campaigns in Great Britain.

However, investigations by The Observer in 2010 showed that he had given funds in 2006 to the Freedom Association – a right-wing group which has a number of ties to the Constitutional Research Council, through which the DUP donation was channelled. Steve Baker, the current Brexit minister, was a member of the Freedom Association until “around 2013”, the organisation told openDemocracy. Baker took a donation from the CRC in December 2016 for his work with the European Research Group. As openDemocracy has previously revealed, Richard Cook, CRC chair, has spoken at Freedom Association events, and was the Scottish representative of the Campaign Against Political Correctness – an organisation with very close links to the Freedom Association. In 2007, the two key DUP MPs, Jeffrey Donaldson and Sammy Wilson, were involved in a Freedom Association ‘fact-finding mission’ to Northern Ireland. Donaldson was the DUP’s Brexit campaign manager.

There is one major donor to the Unionist cause in 2014 who is known to have supported Brexit, and who has refused to deny involvement in the DUP donation.

Angest, like the Marquess of Salisbury, has also previously funded the group Open Europe, whose former staff members (as mentioned above) include Christopher Howarth, who now runs the CRC-funded European Research Group, and Raoul Ruparel, now a special adviser in the Department for Exiting the EU.

Finally, Mr Angest has also been a donor to the controversial organisation Atlantic Bridge, which brings together the British and the American neo-Conservative right and whose UK director was listed in 2009 as the Scottish businessman Adam Werritty, whose links to Liam Fox caused the latter to resign in disgrace as defence secretary in 2011.

Angest’s office eventually responded to our attempts to contact him, saying that they “have no comment on this matter”. We informed him that he was the only known Brexit-backer in our survey not to distance themselves from this donation, and asked again if he wanted to comment. His office didn’t reply.

We have no evidence to suggest that Henry Angest is the source of the DUP donation, and he is welcome to contact us to clarify the matter.

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‘Substantial’ fine linked to DUP’s secret Brexit donors

Former minister demands answers on £6,000 fine, questioning legality of DUP’s mystery source of Brexit cash

DUP leader Arlene Foster and UK prime minister Theresa May. Image, gov.uk, fair use.

A former Europe minister has today called for a “full and proper investigation” into a controversial £435,000 donation towards the DUP’s Brexit campaign, as new details emerge of a substantial fine linked to the transaction.

Theresa May’s allies in parliament, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), have always insisted that the donation, channelled via a secretive group known as the Constitutional Research Council (CRC), complied fully with the law.

However, openDemocracy has now learned that a £6,000 fine imposed by the Electoral Commission and paid in full last month was connected to the CRC. Labour MP Chris Bryant has written to the Northern Ireland Secretary, James Brokenshire, stating that it “cannot possibly be right” for details of one of the highest-ever fines imposed by the Electoral Commission to be kept secret.

“Failures by a regulated entity”

The Electoral Commission revealed on its website last month (as first spotted by The Detail) that it had imposed a £6,000 sanction connected to a political donation in Northern Ireland, but gave no name, offence, or summary of the decision. The Commission stated only that it imposed the penalty due to “failures by a regulated entity” but could not “disclose further information” because of legal restrictions.

Bryant has asked Brokenshire to confirm who the “regulated entity” is, and whether the fine relates to the unprecedented £435,000 donation given to Mrs May’s Westminster allies, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), in order to campaign for Brexit.

The £435,000 donation – a much larger sum than the DUP has ever spent on an electoral campaign in its history – attracted particular controversy because almost none of the cash was spent in Northern Ireland. Yet the donor secrecy laws which apply to Northern Ireland, and not the rest of the UK, have allowed the donors(s) to remain anonymous.

In his letter to the Northern Ireland Secretary, Bryant says of the Electoral Commission’s £6,000 fine:

“Whatever the rights and wrongs of maintaining secrecy about financial donations in Northern Ireland, it cannot possibly be right to keep secret the details of a regulated entity being found to have broken electoral law and being fined a substantial amount. No other judicial or quasi-judicial decision of this nature is kept secret in the UK.”

“No comment”

The Electoral Commission’s office in Belfast would make no comment on their own investigation nor on the casework that led to the high-level fine.

However, political sources in Northern Ireland with knowledge of the Commission’s affairs have confirmed to openDemocracy that the substantial sanction was connected to the Constitutional Research Council (CRC) – the secretive group that channelled the £435,000 to the DUP in Belfast.

The £6,000 fine was paid in full to the Commission on August 30.

openDemocracy contacted the CRC’s chair, Glasgow-based Richard Cook, and asked him to confirm details of the fine; why his organisation had been sanctioned by the Electoral Commission, and what part of Northern Ireland’s electoral law had been broken. He was also repeatedly asked why both he and the DUP had insisted no laws had been broken, and when he had learned that the Commission was investigating the cash transfer.

Throughout the conversation, Mr Cook was given multiple opportunities to dismiss the listed £6,000 fine as nothing to do with the Constitutional Research Council or the DUP. He declined to do so, or to make any further comment.

End donor secrecy

After openDemocracy first revealed the scale of the secret donation to the DUP earlier this year, we reported on Mr Cook’s business connections to a former Saudi spy boss and to an individual with alleged links to a major arms scandal, and yesterday published the results of our investigation into a list of key figures in relation to the donation.

Although current electoral rules in Northern Ireland allow political parties to protect the identities of donors and funding, the government is expected to announce this will soon change.

However the UK government’s policy strategy on full transparency is likely to be highly influenced by their £1 billion deal with the DUP. The Conservative party’s minority government is being propped up in parliament by the DUP, and any change which exposed the DUP-CRC donation arrangement is likely to be resisted.

Rather than backdate transparency rules to 2014 – which would reveal the source of the £435,000 DUP cash – Brokenshire announced earlier this year that the change, which will be made through secondary legislation, would only apply to donations and loans received after 1st July 2017.

Government and DUP sources have denied that this is ‘protection’ for the DUP, as part of their deal to keep the Conservatives in power.

‘A full and proper investigation?’

Last month the Electoral Commission published details of a £3,500 fine on UKIP related to campaign expenditure.

In June, the Commission fined the owner of Butlin’s, Peter Harris, £12,000 for breaking spending return rules. Mr Harris spent £420,000 on the Leave campaign in last year’s EU referendum.

Also in June, the DUP were fined £4,000 for failure to complete campaign expenditure returns for the 2016 Assembly elections.

Bryant’s letter to Mr Brokenshire regarding the mystery £6,000 fine pointedly ends: “Does the fine relate to the DUP’s donation from the CRC? Will you launch a full and proper investigation into how the money was spent? And will you ensure that the truth comes to light?”

This is day two of openDemocracy’s week-long #BrexitDarkMoney series. See yesterday’s revelations here and our reasons for publishing this series here.

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How did Arron Banks afford Brexit?

The self-styled ‘bad boy’ who bankrolled the Leave campaign appears to have exaggerated his wealth. So how did he pay for his Brexit spree?

lead Arron Banks in 2014, when he pledged £1million to the UK Independence Party. Ben Birchall/PA Images. All rights reserved.

In September 2013, the man who bought Brexit – Arron Banks – was in trouble. 

For the past two years, financial regulators in Gibraltar had been scrutinising his insurance under-writer, Southern Rock. They had discovered it was keeping reserves far below what was needed.

This was a serious problem. Banks claimed he had already provided £40 million to plug the hole. He also told the regulator he would step down as a director, but has since been required to find an eye-watering £60 million in extra funding. 

A year later, these financial worries seem to have completely evaporated. Banks had begun buying diamond mines, investing millions into chemical companies and wealth management firms, setting up loss-making political consultancies, and most famous of all – funding the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). 

One question remains though. If Banks was in such a tight spot in September 2013, how did he manage to be so generous the following year?

Over the past four months, openDemocracy has conducted an in-depth review of Bank’s business dealings since he first started out in business in the early 2000s. As well as his own public statements about the sources of his wealth, we have spoken to his former employers, and obtained and reviewed court documents. There are of course a number of perfectly innocent ways that Banks could have obtained the extra funds, but given Banks’ significance to British politics, what have found so far is extremely troubling. 

“Quite good at persuading people to buy things they didn’t want to buy”

Banks had started out selling vacuum cleaner appliances door to door in Basingstoke in the late 1980s. “I was quite good at persuading people to buy things they didn’t want to buy,” he told the New Statesman in October 2016. He also briefly worked as an estate agent, and ran a failed bid to become a Conservative councillor. He married young and was soon the father of two daughters. 

After leaving school with few qualifications, he had eventually found himself in a junior position in the Lloyds’ insurance market. This is where Banks gained his first exposure to the industry, where syndicates of insurers spread risks between themselves and traded financial assets to cover their positions. Banks spent seven years at Lloyds’, working his way into a junior underwriting position before he moved to Bristol, following a split from his first wife.

If Banks was in such a tight spot in September 2013, how did he manage to be so generous the following year?

It is here the cracks in Banks’ biography start to appear. Banks has claimed he was promoted and rose to lead his own sales team at Norwich Union – now part of Aviva. However, Aviva say they have no record of Banks ever having worked for Norwich Union. He has also claimed to have worked for Warren Buffett around this point in his career. We asked Buffett about this. He replied. “I have no memory of ever hearing of the name Arron Fraser Andrew Banks. He certainly never worked for me.” Further checks across the Berkshire Hathaway group, made by Buffett’s office, yielded no evidence he had ever worked for any of his subsidiaries. In a letter delivered by his lawyers, Banks declined to comment on either of these points. 

In 1998, Banks got taken on by a tiny broker focussed on motorcycle insurance run from offices above a shop in the sleepy village of Thornbury. He was granted a 20% shareholding in the fledgling business. In November 2000, he resigned as a director of the firm, and two months later, sold his shares for £251,000. 

Shortly afterwards, Banks met the woman who was to become his second wife, a Portsmouth-based Russian called Ekaterina Paderina. According to the Sunday Times, Paderina’s former husband had been interviewed twice by Special Branch because they suspected her of working for the Russian government. Ekaterina moved to join Banks in Bristol but stayed on the electoral roll in Portsmouth until 2008, still registered to a council flat overlooking the naval base. When Portsmouth Council found out she should not have been entitled to the flat because she was living with Banks, council officials reportedly demanded a cash payment be made by the Banks family in recompense.

Banks and Ekaterina wed in 2001 and in the autumn of that year Banks set up his own insurance company, with financial backing from his relatives and from the Northern Irish insurance tycoons, Leslie Hughes and James Bowers. The business focused on motorcycle, motorhome and van insurance.

The new businesses were also the first he formed with two men who would become his long term business partners, the Australian solicitor Jim Gannon and the accountant Paul Chase-Gardener.

In June this year, the Financial Times published their own analysis of the overlapping businesses of Arron Banks, the “Bad Boy of Brexit”, and its editor Lionel Barber quite reasonably asked on Twitter: “but how rich is he really?”. 

Banks fumed in a tweeted reply: “I founded and sold a listed insurance business for £145m! Not even mentioned – no FT, fake news.” That listed company was Brightside.

The amounts Banks has given to British politics are extraordinary.

The amount Banks made from the sale of Brightside is crucial to understanding whether Banks is really as rich as he says he is.

Company documents we have reviewed show Banks made £22 million from share sales, £1.2 million in salary from serving as the group’s CEO and Chief Insurance Officer, and just £270,000 in dividends.

So when Banks had told the Financial Times in 2015 he was worth £100 million, where did this valuation come from? More importantly, if he only made £22 million from Brightside share sales – where did all this cash for Brexit campaigning come from? 

The amounts Banks has given to British politics are extraordinary. A total of £6 million in loans, still outstanding, was made to Leave.EU. He famously pledged £1 million to UKIP in 2014, at a time when the organisation’s finances were stalling. Without Banks, the political potency of the party may well have fizzled out. In 2016, his company, Better for the Country Ltd, also bought almost £2 million in pro-Brexit merchandise and donated it to Grassroots Out, another Brexit campaigning group. In total, his political contributions have come to nearly £10 million. 

That would mean he might have given away almost half of what he made from Brightside to political causes. That seems amazingly generous.

“Serious and widespread failings” 

As his own tweeted rebuke of the Financial Times suggested, central to the Banks mythology is the sale of Brightside Plc. in 2014. The buyer was private equity firm Anacap. Although he tweeted that the sale had been for £145 million, it was reported at the time as being worth only £127 million. How much, though, did Banks get? 

The story starts in 2001 when Banks set up Group Direct, which was the principal operating company for his insurance brand Commercial Vehicle Direct. Group Direct made losses of over £400,000 in its first two years of operation, before finally turning a profit in 2004. 

By 2006, overall debts had increased to £34 million, but the group appeared to be growing strongly, with turnover of £20 million. Banks began to aim for a public listing of the group. The same year, he became a director of Brightside, at that time a recently formed debt management service aimed at the personal insolvency market. Crucially, Brightside was already listed on AIM, the junior stock exchange.

In June 2008, the original Banks insurance group took part in a transaction known as a ‘reverse takeover’, in which a listed company takes over a much larger unlisted company. This allows the unlisted company to obtain a listing on a stock exchange quicker than usual. Under the terms of the deal, Brightside duly bought the three companies which constituted Group Direct. The £50 million valuation put on these companies seemed high but the deal did not boost Banks’ bank account – as the consideration for the deal was in Brightside shares. 

Then, in 2008, the financial crisis hit. As with many businesses, Banks’ lending facilities came under pressure. But Banks was still able to raise money from Brightside’s shareholders: in 2009 and 2010 the company raised a total of £29 million, attracting investors with its eye-catching growth rate and ambitious plans to acquire other companies. 

Two of the assets Banks’ firm acquired were the little-known insurance brands “E-Car” and “E-Bike.” The price was an initial £15.5 million, with £19.1 million deferred, based on future profitability.

In fact, both brands were owned by Southern Rock Insurance, a company of which Banks, Gannon and Chase-Gardener collectively owned 72%.

Two other companies, “E Systems” and “E Development” were bought for a further £17 million in 2011. At the time E Development had net liabilities of over £500,000. E-systems had been set up just months before the sale by Banks, and Brightside IT director Simon Jones. It had no other customers than Brightside.

These acquisitions seem hard to justify, but in documents sent to Brightside shareholders notifying them of the proposed purchase of E-Systems and E-Development, the company stated that they had received undertakings from Banks and his fellow directors that the funds would be used to shore up the firms under-writer, Southern Rock, and thus allow Brightside to continue trading. And this is, indeed, what happened.

However, within the year Banks was fired from his role at Brightside. He famously recounted how he punched his partner and friend, Jim Gannon, in the face, when the solicitor broke the news to him. 

Banks remained a shareholder in Brightside and in 2013, sold a tranche of his shares for £6 million to a competitor, Markerstudy, which was said to be contemplating a bid for the company. After conducting due diligence and negotiating with the Brightside board however, Markerstudy declined to make a full bid, with their CEO describing Brightside as “over-valued”.

In 2014, the investment firm Anacap arrived and thought differently. They bought Brightside in its entirety, paying £127 million to take control. 

Anacap have since alleged in court that the new management team discovered “serious and widespread failings” throughout the company, many dating from Banks’ time as CEO and Chief Insurance Officer. All of the purchases of Banks’ companies (E-Car, E-Bike, E-Systems, and E Development) were confirmed to be worth far less than had been paid for them. The software supplied by E-systems was said to barely function and the Brightside website was hacked and remained inoperable for over a month. Court documents obtained during our investigation allege widespread failings, including an incendiary allegation that the company was “in breach of its banking covenants and insolvent on a net asset basis.” There were also, according to the same documents, no correct systems in place for the handling of client funds. 

All of the purchases of Banks’ companies were confirmed to be worth far less than had been paid for them.

For an insurance company, this was a particularly serious problem. Anacap replaced several senior staff and board members including the CFO, Paul Chase-Gardener. Over £35 million of value had to be written off from the Brightside balance sheet, in part because Anacap deemed the E-Car, E-Bike, E-Systems and E-Development purchases had been grossly overvalued. Within a year of the takeover, the new owners also had to plough in an additional £40 million to prevent the business from going bust. Further large write downs were made in 2015. Court documents show that £12 million had to be inserted in a failed attempt to repair the IT system alone, with numerous other consultants brought in to clear up the problems the new owners found.

openDemocracy asked Banks to comment on Anacap’s view of the value of these businesses. He declined to reply to our specific questions, instead sending a copy of a letter which his lawyers wrote to the BBC in May of this year. In this letter his lawyers say: “The offer from Anacap to acquire Brightside was announced in May 2014 nearly two years after Mr Banks had left the company.” 

In 2016, Anacap began legal action against Chase-Gardener and Brightside’s auditors for failures to adequately manage the business and present accurate financial reports. With the assistance of his brother Jonathan, a Hong Kong based lawyer, Banks was able to settle out of court in May 2015. Privately, many of the new senior management team brought in by Anacap wanted to pursue the case against him. As part of their settlement with Banks, Anacap were able to extricate Brightside from contracts with other Banks controlled businesses, such as Southern Rock, which they described as “onerous.” The case against Chase-Gardener is still being pursued in the High Court, where Anacap are seeking £20 million in damages from him. The auditors, BDO (now part of RMS Tenon), are facing a claim of around £50 million. 

Southern Rock in difficulty

Arron Banks with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage. Ben Birchall/PA Images. All rights reserved.While at Brightside, Banks had been able to partly re-finance the ailing Southern Rock, through buying E-Cars, E-Systems, E-Development and E-Bike from the Gibraltar based group. But the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission had also passed their report to the Financial Conduct Authority in London for review.

The authorities in London concurred with the Gibraltar regulator’s findings, that Southern Rock had been trading without sufficient reserves, and in 2013 Banks voluntarily recused himself from the FCA register. He stepped down as a director of Southern Rock in 2014. Both regulators had effectively barred him from holding a position of control within an insurance business. 

He also had to balance the books. While the funds from the sale of E-systems and E-development were passed to Southern Rock, this still left the business short of the capital needed to fund its loss reserves as the company struggled with high claim levels and a challenging market. He told Private Eye he had agreed to find £40 million to re-capitalise the business. Banks claims that Southern Rock is now a profitable company. The letter from his lawyers to the BBC, forwarded to openDemocracy, says “Southern Rock Insurance Company Limited recorded a profit of £42 million in its latest set of filed accounts (2015).”

Banks frequently boasts about running an insurance business. The reality is that he is not permitted, at the moment, to run his own insurance company.

In fact, the accounts show an underlying loss of £27.9 million on its underwriting and insurance activities in 2015 – and while the company did report a profit of £41.5 million overall, this came only after selling the rights to the “ancillary income” on its motor insurance policies for £17.5 million, and the rights to the “finance arrangement fees” for £60.2 million to another company owned by Banks, Isle of Man-based ICS Risk Solutions. Ancillary income is an umbrella term for any money an insurance company makes on top of ordinary under-writing risks, for example from instalments or administration charges. 

Given Southern Rock had only written 197,000 motor insurance policies at this time, paying nearly £78m for these rights seemed a high valuation. These assets had also not been recorded in the Southern Rock balance sheet prior to their sale, and resulted in the company booking a large capital gain. Crucially, it was the value of these sales that enabled Southern Rock to meet its obligation under the solvency regulations, and post a profit in its accounts for this year.

Whether Southern Rock will be able to do the same next year, which will likely be required under the terms of capital restructuring deal mandated by the regulators, is unclear. Banks strongly contests the assertion that Southern Rock is in difficulty, pointing out that the Gibraltar regulator, Southern Rock’s independent auditors and the London-based Financial Conduct Authority have approved the arrangements, and that all the payments to date from ICS Risk Solution, which Southern Rock relies on to remain solvent, have been made on time and in full. The letter from his lawyers states: “The future solvency of [Southern Rock] is not dependent on any particular future transaction.”

As for the regulators’ demand that Banks “voluntarily” recuse himself, he has abided by the ruling, but appointed his Hong Kong-based brother in his stead. His name and signature still appeared on a 2014 annual report filed at Companies House, where he was named as a “director.” “This mistake arose from an administrative error,” he told us in a written statement, “which was corrected as soon as it was detected. Once the error was noted, the accounts were withdrawn and resubmitted to Companies House.” He continues to control Southern Rock and Eldon Insurance, owner of the GoSkippy brand, through his holding company ICS Risk Solutions. 

Banks frequently boasts about running an insurance business. The reality is that he is not permitted, at the moment, to run his own insurance company. A letter from the Financial Conduct Authority concerning the investigation into his insurance activities, dated 17th July 2017, states that “Mr Banks does not have FCA approval to carry out an operational executive role at Eldon Insurance Services Ltd,” his new firm.

Banks’s Isle of Man-based ICS Risk Solutions is a curious organisation too. In theory, this is the ultimate holding company for Banks’s insurance empire. Yet according to a source with good knowledge of its finances, ICS Risk Solutions has just £1 million in assets, and still owes £60.2 million in monthly instalments, to Southern Rock. These payments are expected to continue until December 2020. A letter from Banks’ lawyers confirming this also said “there is no reason to doubt that the remaining outstanding amounts will be paid in full and on time,” and that Southern Rock is required to report monthly to the Gibraltar authorities, “to confirm the payment of each monthly instalment,” and so “any failure to pay would be immediately apparent.”

Banks’ present financial status is then somewhat unclear, and sometimes dependent on buying assets from one company, in order to shore up another company he himself holds a stake in. But it does seem clear that his claimed worth of £100 million is hard to justify. In the letter sent to openDemocracy, Banks claimed his worth could be even higher than £100 million, saying that he would “broadly agree” with an analysis made by the Sunday Times Rich Times list that his net worth could instead be some £250 million. When asked to explain how he accounts for all this extra wealth, Banks declined to comment.

A Lazarus-like recovery

Banks’s finances seem to have had a remarkable recovery in early 2014. But based on a full review of all the publicly available information about his companies, it is unclear where this money could have come from. 

He first had to settle a tax bill with HMRC for £1.86 million, a cheque which he subsequently sent to the Guardian newspaper to prove he was paying his taxes.

In April 2014, the MailOnline reported how Banks had raised eyebrows when he bought £2 million of shares in an AIM-listed chemicals company called Iofina – a sector he had shown no prior interest in. The company produces iodine in an industrial process which takes place alongside fracking. It had never turned a profit and swallowed up large amounts of capital as chemical prices shrank due to reduced demand. Banks’s investment is nursing a huge loss.

In June 2014, he set up Chartwell Political, a PR company which would go on to work on the Leave campaign with Jim Pryor, a former Tory party spokesman who had also worked on FW deClerk’s campaign against Nelson Mandela in South Africa and former Sunday Mirror editor Bridget Rowe, a close friend of Nigel Farage. The company would rack up losses of over £300,000 by June 2015.

Banks would go on to spend a total of £9.6 million of his personal fortune funding the organisations which arguably clinched Brexit. This accounted then for half of his lifetime earnings.

The next month, in July 2014, Banks bought more shares in STM Group plc, which offers “wealth preservation solutions,” and specialises in setting up offshore trusts and companies. He bought over £600,000 worth of shares – on top of an existing shareholding. This brought his total share value up to £1.5 million. 

By September 2014, Banks had also bought a loss-making, family-run jewellery shop in Bristol, for an undisclosed sum, and lent the firm some £200,000, and by February 2015 he was the owner of four diamond mines in South Africa.

The diamond market had fallen sharply since the financial crash and big players, such as de Beers, began to withdraw from older mines picked clean and requiring huge investment to return to profitable production. Many of these mines had changed hands several times in the years since. One of the mines Banks picked up had collapsed in value from a reported £12 million valuation in 2005, to as little as £200,000 by the time Banks bought.

One of the four mines also remains closed, according to Banks’s website, another contains just “tailings,” meaning there little more than piles of waste to scrabble through. What exactly motivated Banks to buy these mines remains unclear.

Crucially, October 2014 also marked the time Banks began his extraordinarily lavish political spending campaign, with his first £1 million pledge to the United Kingdom Independence Party. Interestingly, Banks never came fully good on this promise – dripping in just over £400,000 in cash instalments over the next six months. Nevertheless, Banks’s 2014 spending alone, or what can be seen of it from publicly available records, came to an estimated £5 million. This was a very large sum given the pressure he was under from the Gibraltar regulators. We also estimate it to be just under a quarter of his total gross earnings of £22m – from his various businesses – since 2001. 

Nor did his political spending slow down. Banks would go on to spend a total of £9.6 million of his personal fortune funding the organisations which arguably clinched Brexit: Leave.EU, UKIP and Better for the Country Ltd (set up by STM Fidecs). This accounted then for half of his lifetime earnings – an amazingly generous amount. 

One of his most lavish donations was some £2 million to Grassroots Out via Better for the Country Ltd, which was categorised to the Electoral Commission as “non-cash” – a designation usually reserved for the provision of office space or in-kind services to political parties. In reality, even this “non-cash” donation cost Banks significant amounts of hard cash. In a letter to openDemocracy, Banks’ lawyers say Better for the Country bought “merchandise, leaflets, billboards, pens, badges and other paraphernalia,” before donating all of this to Grassroots Out. 

In early 2016, he used Better for the Country to make cash donations to Trade Unionists Against the European Union, and another pro-Brexit group called Veterans for Britain. Banks also provided £100,000 to Martin Durkin, a climate change sceptic and producer of “Brexit: The Movie,” a controversial online documentary produced to support the campaign. The sum was equivalent to a third of the documentary’s reported budget.

These donations were all the more remarkable because his new insurance company, founded after Banks left Brightside, was now also requiring large amounts of investment, according to industry experts. Eldon Insurance achieved a profit of just £281,000 on a turnover of £33.6 million in 2015. 

Earlier this year, Banks attempted a £200m fundraising effort for Eldon, according to the Times, but was unable to raise the finance from City investors and abandoned the listing. Profits fell further in 2016, to just £165,000. Earlier this month, Banks announced he was attempting a second public listing, and aiming for a valuation of some £250m. He claims to be forecasting a dramatic increase in profits – anywhere between £25m and £28m for the year. To support this claim he provided the Mail on Sunday with unpublished figures showing the profits for the first six months of the year. We asked for a copy of these, but his spokesperson did not respond.

To drum up business, Banks’ insurance brand GoSkippy now advertises heavily on Leave.EU’s websites, social media and email marketing. However there are numerous reports of poor customer service, onerous terms obfuscated in confusing small-print and administrative failings by the company, some of which have left motorists unaware that they were no longer insured. In response, Banks commented that “Eldon works very hard on complaints and actively reviews its processes off the back of both internal and external audits of both customer service quality and compliance with regularity requirements,” saying their main brand GoSkippy had complaint levels below 3 per 1000 customers, and that a maximum of 4 per 1000 was the industry guideline.

Southern Rock, despite its difficulties both before and after the regulators’ intervention, has until very recently been the principal under-writer of both Banks’ Go Skippy brand and the Debenhams Insurance brand. The letter from Banks’ lawyers points out that the recapitalisation plan designed to allow Southern Rock to meet its solvency obligations were approved by the regulator and the company’s independent auditors and that they have a perfect record of delivering their monthly payments to date on time and in full. 

It is clear, however, that the company only posted a profit last year by relying on the £60 million generated from selling rights to other companies controlled by Banks. To continue to trade on a solvent basis in the years to come, Southern Rock will need to have a profitable underlying business, or have additional cash injections.

And Banks’ own Eldon Insurance, which owns GoSkippy, now plans to move its business from Southern Rock – instead setting up a “managing general agent” called Somerset Bridge, which will be arranging under-writing services from a different Gibraltarian under-writer, backed by a Bermuda-based reinsurer.

The fabric of our democracy 

Interestingly, our review of Banks’ business empire also shows a huge cross-over between the key figures in Leave.EU and Banks’ businesses. Leave.EU’s Chief Executive Officer Liz Bilney serves on the board of numerous Banks’ companies.

Leave.EU’s director of communications, the Belizean diplomat and close associate of Lord Ashcroft, Andy Wigmore, was appointed to the board of Southern Rock in 2014 and joined Eldon Insurance in December 2015, despite having no background within the industry. 

Crucial to maintaining the fabric of democracy in Britain is understanding where large donors have made their money, and just as importantly, how.

Banks holds a substantial share in Manx Financial, an Isle of Man banking group controlled by Leave.EU’s early backer and co-founder Jim Mellon. The meagre profits of Manx Financial have not yet provided dividends to its investors – including Banks. 

Crucial to maintaining the fabric of democracy in Britain is understanding where large donors have made their money, and just as importantly, how.

Our review of the publicly available records for Banks’ business empire, and his own public statements, has revealed a patchwork of legal disputes, regulator interventions, and poor corporate governance. Two of Banks’ claimed previous employers have denied he ever worked for them. The value of his businesses are materially lower than Banks’ own inflated boasts and, while still a wealthy man, was he wealthy enough to give so much to the Brexit campaign, without some other undisclosed source of income?

How Banks could afford to give so lavishly remains a mystery. There is no doubt that Banks did more than most to make Brexit happen – the question is, how could he afford it?

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MP calls for inquiry into Arron Banks and ‘dark money’ in EU referendum

Ben Bradshaw raises concerns over ‘foreign interference’ and says there are questions over wealth of leave campaign’s biggest backer

 
 
Arron Banks
The money given by Arron Banks to Leave.EU in the run-up to the referendum was the biggest donation in British political history. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

A Labour MP has said there are “real questions” about how much Arron Banks – the entrepreneur who bankrolled Brexit – is worth as he called on the government to investigate the possible role played by “dark money” in the EU referendum.

Speaking in parliament, Ben Bradshaw said there was “widespread concern over foreign and particularly Russian interference in western democracies”. He described as “very worrying” a series of investigative reports published this week by the Open Democracy website into the funding of the Leave campaign.

The money given by Banks to Leave.EU in the run-up to the referendum was the biggest donation in British political history. The Bristol-based businessman says he contributed almost £9m in cash, loans and services to pro-Brexit causes. It is impossible to determine what impact – if any – his donations had on the result.

Banks has previously claimed he is worth £100m. An estimate by the Sunday Times puts his fortune at £250m. However, an analysis by Open Democracy suggests the actual figure may be considerably lower.

Bradshaw asked the leader of the Commons, Andrea Leadsom, if she had seen the reports “about the role of dark money in the EU referendum campaign”. They included “revelations of illegal donations” and “new questions today over the real wealth of Arron Banks, the main financial backer of leave”.

Bradshaw urged parliament and the Electoral Commission to examine these claims “very carefully”. Given the Kremlin’s role in influencing elections elsewhere, they should “reassure the country that all the resources spent in the referendum were from permissible sources”, he told MPs.

According to Bradshaw, the “illegal” donation to Brexit was made via the Democratic Unionist party in Northern Ireland. The person behind the £435,000 payment made in 2016 before the referendum remains a mystery. Rules have now been changed to introduce greater transparency, but it is unclear who – or what – lay behind these funds.

The analysis by Open Democracy says that in September 2013 Banks’s financial affairs were in trouble. His underwriting business Southern Rock was under scrutiny from financial regulators in Gibraltar and had reserves below what was required. Banks said he invested £40m in the business to plug any shortfall and resigned as a director.

“A year later, these financial worries seem to have completely evaporated. Banks had begun buying diamond mines, investing millions into chemical companies and wealth management firms, setting up loss-making political consultancies, and most famous of all – funding Ukip,” Open Democracy wrote.

The article adds: “One question remains though. If Banks was in such a tight spot in September 2013, how did he manage to be so generous the following year?”

There are a number of perfectly innocent ways that Banks could have obtained the extra funds, Open Democracy admits. Much of his wealth is held in opaque offshore jurisdictions including Belize, the Isle of Man, the British Virgin Islands and Gibraltar, making an assessment of his fortune difficult.

Banks didn’t immediately comment. His spokesman has previously described his businesses including Southern Rock as profitable and sustainable, and says that Banks “broadly agrees” with the £250m estimate of his fortune.

Replying for the government, Leadsom described Bradshaw’s question as “incredibly important” and said that any specific information concerning wrongdoing should be referred to the Electoral Commission.

“I absolutely share his concern that all donations should be permissible and legal,” she said.

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Your guide to Ukip’s new ‘shadow cabinet’

PUBLISHED: 17:22 18 October 2017 | UPDATED: 17:36 18 October 2017

Ukip party leader Henry Bolton following his speech during the Ukip National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay

Ukip party leader Henry Bolton following his speech during the Ukip National Conference at the Riviera International Centre in Torquay

New Ukip leader Henry Bolton named the party’s new ‘shadow cabinet’ today – and what a bunch they are

Long-serving (two weeks, five days) Ukip leader Henry Bolton today unveiled his new ‘shadow cabinet’ – inviting mockery for a party with zero MPs and 1.8% of the vote.

But that didn’t stop the New European from answering the big question: who on earth are these people? Here’s your guide to the faces sitting around Mr Bolton’s big table…

Margot Parker, deputy leader and aid and international development spokesperson

MEP for the East Midlands since 2014. The party’s women and equalities spokesperson under Paul Nuttall, she said the issues “need to be promoted without patronising tokenism, virtue-signalling and political correctness”. According to party funder Arron Banks’ diaries, she once fell into the swimming pool of his sprawling country estate outside Bristol – bought from Mike Oldfield of Tubular Bells fame – while wearing “full billowing evening regalia”.

Jim Carver, assistant deputy leader

MEP for the West Midlands since 2014. Born in the same hospital as Nigel Farage, Mr Carver made his money in the family’s umbrella business. “The chances are that, whenever you see a bookmaker’s umbrella on racecourses across the UK and Ireland, it will be Jim’s work,” boasts his website. Quit as the party’s foreign affairs spokesperson earlier this year in protest at what he called Ukip’s “vile” policy on banning the burka (having previously quit a senior party role will be a theme in this list).

Mike Hookem, assistant deputy leader, fisheries spokesperson and veterans spokesperson

MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber since 2014. Best-known for what he euphemistically described as a “tussle” with Steven Woolfe in the European Parliament last year which left the leadership contender prostrate and in hospital. Stood for Grimsby in the general election earlier this year but lost his deposit after describing the town as “poor” and “full of working-class people”. Quit as a party whip in protest at Anne Marie Waters standing for the leadership.

Paul Oakden, interim chairman

A former Conservative who was fired as the agent for MP Andrew Bridgen in 2008 after allegedly spending too much time on dating sites during work hours. Mr Bridgen described him as a “Walter Mitty” character who listed his occupation as a pilot on the site, MingleVille, and posted a picture of himself with a grey Aston Martin which actually belonged to the MP. Mr Oakden countered he had been training for a pilot’s licence at the time so it was not strictly untrue.

Jonathan Arnott, Treasury spokesperson

MEP for North East England since 2014. Was part of the British Stratego – a board game – team which won bronze at the 2012 world championships. Quit as Ukip’s general secretary earlier this year, labelling the party “bland and anti-Muslim”.

Neil Hamilton, leader of Ukip in Wales

Disgraced former Conservative minister who has been a member of the Welsh Assembly for Mid and West Wales since last year. Lost his parliamentary seat to BBC war correspondent Martin Bell in 1997 after being implicated in the cash-for-questions scandal. Joined Ukip in 2011 but quickly fell out with Nigel Farage. Reprimanded in the Welsh Assembly last year for saying “suicide is an option” for those sad about Brexit. Released a World Cup song with wife Christine in 2006 called ‘England are Jolly Dee’.

David Coburn, leader of Ukip in Scotland

MEP for Scotland since 2014. Former art dealer and city trader who was banned from Wikipedia in 2015 after attempting to edit his own page 69 times in six days. Among many other slips, he has caused controversy by comparing SNP minister Humza Yousaf to convicted terrorist Abu Hamza, dismissed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as “helmet hairdo” and claimed Scottish Nationalists all “loathe the English”. On women, he has philosophically said: “A woman is a special sort of a man. They are a man that can produce children.”

Peter Whittle, spokesperson for Ukip in London

Leader of Ukip’s two-strong team in the London Assembly since last year. An openly gay former journalist who had been considered the favourite to win the party’s latest leadership battle.

Ray Finch, MEP delegation leader and foreign and Commonwealth affairs spokesperson

MEP for South East England since 2014. Former Hampshire councillor and cable TV engineer whose favourite show is Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads (“a great piece of social commentary on the changes in our class system in the 60s and 70s”). Quit the party’s national executive last year after Steven Woolfe was excluded from the leadership contest.

Jane Collins, home affairs spokesperson

MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber since 2014. An equine physiotherapist who was ordered to pay £54,000 High Court defamation damages to three Labour MPs earlier this year over remarks she made about Rotherham’s child abuse scandal. Has called for “indigenous” children who are in contact with the Roma Slovak community to receive vaccines.

Peter Jewell, justice spokesperson

Former director and trustee of the Magistrates Association who was accused of involvement in a plot to try to become interim party leader with Nigel Farage’s blessing last year. Was employed in the diamond and jewellery trade in South Africa. Told the Kidderminster Shuttle in 2015: “I am not a political prostitute and will only stand for the county of my birth”, meaning Worcestershire. Stood for Richmond and Twickenham, in London, in the general election earlier this year.

John Bickley, immigration and integration spokesperson

Cheshire businessman who was forced to apologise last year for retweeting a cartoon with the slogan “if you want a jihadi for a neighbour, vote Labour”, saying he had not realised its connection to the racist slogan used in the in the 1964 general election campaign in Smethwick. Took nearly £100,000 of EU cash to prop up his computer software business in 2006, saying his stance was not hypocritical because he was not a member of Ukip at the time.

Richard Bingley, cyber and terrorism spokesperson

Former Labour press officer and councillor who defected to Ukip in 2014, Mr Bingley is a university lecturer who teaches security management at Buckinghamshire New University.

Christopher Mills, business spokesperson

Millionaire hedge fund boss and party donor. Managing partner of Harwood Private Equity who is personally worth £85m according to the 2017 Sunday Times Rich List.

Ernie Warrender, small business spokesperson

South-west businessman described by Country Squire magazine as having “a penchant for classic cars and Elgar” as well as being “eccentric” but a “good egg”.

William Dartmouth, trade and industry spokesperson

MEP for South West England & Gibraltar since 2009 and a hereditary member of the House of Lords, where he goes by his proper title of William Legge, 10th Earl of Dartmouth. A stepbrother of Diana, Princess of Wales, he was educated at Eton and Oxford before taking up a career as a chartered accountant. Regularly rails against what he calls “the political establishment”.

Andrew Charalambous, employment spokesperson

Businessman who was exposed in 2014 as claiming to hold a “fake” degree and a professorship at an unaccredited academic institution. He removed mention of the professorship from his website along with claims that he “is a qualified Barrister-at-Law” and a “Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts”. Mr Charalambous said that the claim about his professorial post “shouldn’t be on” his website and that the “website people take stuff from various places and they put that on there”.

Jill Seymour, transport and infrastructure spokesperson

MEP for the West Midlands since 2014. Came under fire in 2015 for using taxpayers’ money to pay the rent on an office owned by her husband.

Jonathan Bullock, energy spokesperson

MEP for the East Midlands since earlier this year, Mr Bullock is a former Kettering councillor who defected from the Conservatives in 2012. Worked in advertising and public relations before joining the European Parliament in August upon the retirement of Roger Helmer this year. Has said chlorinated chicken is “completely edible“.

Stuart Agnew, agriculture spokesperson

MEP for the East of England since 2009, Mr Agnew is a Norfolk farmer who has described climate change as a “scam”. Would have been the far-right Anne Marie Waters’ deputy had she won the leadership, having likened the anti-Islam campaigner to Joan of Arc. Has claimed women who want to have children lack the ambition to “go right to the top”.

Julia Reid, environment and health spokesperson

MEP for South West England since 2014. Dr Reid is a diabetes laboratory researcher who was a member of the SDP who rejected the party’s alliance with the Liberals. Joined Ukip in 1993. Dismissive of climate change.

David Meacock, culture and arts spokesperson

Musician and councillor who sparked outrage in 2014 after he “publicly humiliated” a six-year-old, sending out a group email accusing a small child of taking his son’s toy. In the email chain he added that “more naming and shaming” would perhaps result in less delinquency and “young lives being wasted”. Made further local headlines in 2015 after branding a mother a “nasty spoilt brat” for cancelling her 10-year-old son’s piano lessons with him. Leads the Ukip choir, whose version of the Dad’s Army theme music goes : “Who did you think you were kidding Mr Cam’ron? No we were not thick poor plebs.”

Tim Aker, communities and local government spokesperson

MEP for the East of England since 2014. Previously previously campaign director for Get Britain Out and a coordinator for the TaxPayers’ Alliance, he quit as Ukip’s head of policy in 2015.

Star Anderton, equalities and disabilities spokesperson

Dudley councillor and fibromyalgia sufferer who uses a wheelchair. Suspended as a prospective Conservative council candidate in 2011 after posing with a golliwog in a picture on her Facebook page as part of a campaign against “the politically correct brigade”. Said at the time: “I have a lot of black and Asian friends and as children we had golly dolls and we never once thought of them as racist.”

Gerard Batten, Brexit spokesman

MEP for London since 2004, Mr Batten is a founding member of Ukip and party secretary from 1994 to 1997. A British Telecom salesman, he has said that non-Muslims should have a “perfectly rational fear” of the faith, which he described as a “death cult” steeped in violence. Also believes the EU was conceived by Nazi Germany and the Bilderberg Group is a “shadow world government”. Has claimed some parts of Britain are “more like enclaves of Pakistan, Bengal or India than English cities”. Likes wearing pink suits.

David Allen, electoral reform spokesman

Brief leadership candidate this year who pulled out early and endorsed Henry Bolton, his crowdfunding campaign for the tilt raised £40. Otherwise a man of mystery.

Bill Etheridge, sports spokesperson

MEP for the West Midlands since 2014. Was the other half of Star Anderton, and was similarly suspended by the Conservatives after their joint golliwog stunt, joining Ukip shortly afterwards. Made headlines again in 2014 when he highlighted the speaking style of Adolf Hitler during a public speaking seminar he gave to members of UKIP’s youth wing. According to Etheridge, Hitler he was “the most magnetic and forceful public speaker possibly in history” who “achieved a great deal” in relation to convincing people. He later clarified that “Hitler and the Nazis were monsters”.

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