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Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 14/03/2017

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they may well be looking pleased with themselves

but I suspect there are some fairly glum faces amongst Ukip’s remaining intelligent members, faced with the reality that however ill equipped they have not only lost their only passably competent leader and now their only major backer.

On the 02-Mar-2017 I published the fact that Ukip was in trouble as they had lost backers  see CLICK HERE and were failing to raise money to function, particularly now that Farage holds the Brussels purse strings as leader of the group.

This latest news of Arron Banks must give this fractured party pause for thought as to whether it has any meaningfull future, with a discreditted Walter Mitty fantasist as their current make believe leader and only a few MEPs actually pulling in the same direction, MEPs with a spectacular track record of failing to contribute financially to the cause except in order to try to buy themselves selection, election or re-election.

 

Arron Banks says he’s been suspended from UKIP.

 
 
 
 

 

 

 Today in politics: Arron Banks gets publicity for being ‘kicked out’ of UKIP. Last month: Paul Nuttall tells everyone Banks isn’t a member.

So owner has his membership of his own bought ‘n’ paid for Party suspended. That’s so totally 🙂 Cheers !!

Realistically what hope have they got, when they clearly lack one wit of political nouse between them and with a track record best known for lies, distortions and fantasy as they squabble like ferrets in a sack!

Top Ukip backer Arron Banks to focus on new political movement

Ukip’s biggest financial backer Arron Banks has announced he will now concentrate on a new political movement after claiming his membership of the party was suspended.

Insurance tycoon Mr Banks, who funded the Leave.EU campaign in last year’s Brexit referendum, gave £1 million to Ukip ahead of the 2015 general election.

He has been involved in a public spat with the party’s only MP Douglas Carswell and has been critical of the party’s leader Paul Nuttall.

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Mr Banks said his membership had lapsed and when he tried to reapply he was told he was suspended until an appearance before the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC).

But Ukip dismissed the idea he could have been suspended, as he was no longer a member of the party.

Mr Banks suggested on Twitter that the move was “apparently for saying current leadership couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding” and he has also compared the way the party is run to a squash club.

His row with Mr Carswell, which included suggesting he could stand against the Clacton MP by using a recall petition to trigger a by-election, has also riled elements in the party.

Mr Banks said his membership had lapsed and when he tried to reapply he was told he was suspended until an appearance before the party’s ruling national executive committee (NEC).

But Ukip said he chose not to renew his membership despite reminders to do so.

Mr Banks has hinted at setting up a new political movement, building on Leave.EU, to “drain the swamp” of Westminster politics.

A Ukip spokesman said: “We are aware that Mr Banks has suggested on Twitter this morning that he has had his party membership suspended.

“Mr Banks was notified last year that his membership was due for renewal at the start of October but chose not to renew, despite reminders. With this his membership expired on January 1 2017.

“It would not be possible to suspend Mr Banks from something of which he is not a member.”

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UKIP denies donor Arron Banks’ suspension claim

Arron Banks and Nigel Farage Image copyright AFP/Getty Image caption Arron Banks (right) is a close ally of former UKIP leader Nigel Farage

The UK Independence Party has rejected claims by one of its biggest donors that he has been suspended from the party membership.

Arron Banks, who funded the Leave EU campaign in last year’s EU referendum, made the allegation via Twitter.

He said the move was “apparently” in response to him saying the party’s current leadership “couldn’t knock the skin off a rice pudding”.

But a spokesman said his membership had lapsed earlier this year.

Colourful opponents

Mr Banks, who gave £1m to the party ahead of the 2015 general election, has been sceptical about the leadership of Paul Nuttall and has recently spoken of founding a new political movement to “drain the swamp” of Westminster politics.

He also suggested he could stand against Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s only MP, by using a recall petition to trigger a by-election in his Clacton constituency.

But Mr Carswell played down the importance of Mr Banks’ announcement, telling the BBC: “It’s always very sad when one of UKIP’s 40,000 members leaves the party for whatever reason.”

Referencing previous claims that he had prevented former UKIP leader Nigel Farage from being knighted, Mr Carswell added: “I have no more say in NEC decisions at UKIP than I do in who gets a knighthood.”

On Mr Banks’ suggestion that he could stand against Mr Carswell in Clacton at the next general election, the MP said: “Each time I’ve stood there’ve been some wonderfully colourful characters on the ballot paper.

“I even had a chap who changed his name by deed poll to Lord Ha Ha Woof Woof. I’m sure at the next election there’ll be some colourful characters too – the more the merrier.”

Apology to squash clubs

But in a statement, Mr Banks claimed UKIP had “somehow managed to allow my membership to lapse this year despite having given considerably more than the annual membership fee over the past 12 months”.

“On reapplying I was told my membership was suspended pending my appearance at a NEC meeting,” he said.

“Apparently, my comments about the party being run like a squash club committee and Mr Carswell have not gone down well.

“I now realise I was being unfair to squash clubs all over the UK and I apologise to them.

“We will now be concentrating on our new movement.”

However, a UKIP spokesman said Mr Banks was notified last year that his membership was due for renewal at the start of October but he “chose not to renew despite reminders”.

“With this his membership expired on 1st January 2017,” the spokesman said. “It would not be possible to suspend Mr Banks from something of which he is not a member.”

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Stuart Wheeler AND Paul Sykes Threaten Ukip

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 14/12/2014

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Stuart Wheeler AND Paul Sykes Threaten Ukip by showing Nigel farage can not count on their money to fund his cult.

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may I remind readers that we have already reported in some detail that Stuart Wheeler has stated his intention to cease funding Ukip as his Tory protege the slease ridden Neil Hamilton has been forced to stand down as a candidate yet again – ever the back room boy – as he is under investigation for claiming unauthorised expenses, including expecting Ukip to pay £85/night to sleep with his wife in the flat she has registered in her name in London!
There is also the point that it is widely believed that Stuart Wheeler bribed Douglas Carswell to join Ukip, when Carswell had his ego pricked by being shunted off to some annex accomodation during the Tory conference rather than having his ego stroked by a place in the main hotel! The bribe was believed to be the promise of leadership of Ukip, to make a collusion with the Tories more possible if Ukip is lucky enough to have a few MPs elected in May!
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Now you will note that Ukip’s finances are under even more threat as Paul Sykes has announced his intent to withdraw his funding – however paul Sykes or as Nigel Farage calls him ‘The Yorkshire Dwarf’ is well known for abusing his power and making grandiose and flamboyant offers yet when it comes to the crunch using his money to fund pet aspects within the party, thus proving to be always a day late and a Dollar short!
Sykes has all too often manipulated Ukip in return for his payment of bills he has caused, such as buying advertising and controlling the wording and style to pander to his own ego rather than the aims of Ukip.
Now you will note:

MILLIONAIRE BACKER SUSPENDS DONATIONS

Nigel Farage’s General Election plans were thrown into doubt last night after Ukip’s single-biggest funder announced that he was suspending donations.

Multi-millionaire Paul Sykes, who has given Ukip about £1.3 million over the past year, said he wanted ‘grassroots’ members to finance the party’s Election campaign instead.

He told The Mail on Sunday he was making ‘no commitment’ about future big donations to the party because that would ‘destroy’ Ukip’s bid to build up a grassroots base and he was ‘standing back’ because party membership fees were rising.

He added: ‘I am making no commitment and no statement regarding me writing big cheques out to Ukip because it destroys the fabric of what we are trying to build.’

The move will potentially be a huge blow to Mr Farage’s plans for a breakthrough next year by winning Commons seats.

Ex-tyre fitter Mr Sykes, whose cash was crucial to Ukip’s record results in this year’s European elections, has been the party’s single most important funder.

Last night Mr Farage said: ‘For a political party to be too dependent on a few donors is not a good thing.’ Asked if Ukip could make up any donations shortfall from other sources, Mr Farage said: ‘We’ll have to.’

The party is reportedly in line for a £300,000 donation from Daily Express owner Richard Desmond.

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Farage’s Spine & will Paul Sykes add Backbone to UKIP?

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 18/11/2013

 

Farage’s Spine & will Paul Sykes add Backbone to UKIP?
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Nigel Farage’s Spine to be operated on by an Indian Doctor! Having deserted the EUroSceptic cause some 9 years ago will Paul Sykes provide cash in place of Gravitas add Backbone to UKIP?

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With Farage deciding to take time out for a bit of spinal reinforcement, he may not wish it to be generally known that the surgeon giving him a bit more backbone is of Indian immigrant stock.

But giving backbone to his party is Yorkshireman Paul Sykes who is under the impression that giving UKIP a shed-load of money to help it top the polls in May is somehow going to help us get out of the European Union.

His latest investment in the party is expected to run into several millions, as he declares: “It is time to tell the truth and let the people decide … I want this country to get back to becoming a self-governing nation”, adding that, “That is what I am in it for. I am not going to sit here and do nothing. It’s my final thing this, it’s my Waterloo”.

UKIP needs to poll 27 percent in the euro elections if it is to overtake the Conservatives as the largest UK party in the European Parliament. With Syke’s money, that is possibly more likely, although money alone has never been particularly effective in buying votes. Jimmy Goldsmith and his Referendum Party proved that.

However, the money does get Sykes space in the Telegraph to air his views, on the back of commissioning a poll showing that 74 percent of the public are opposed to the free movement of labour from Romania and Bulgaria. Just 15 percent said they were in favour.

“As a nation state, Britain is drinking in the last chance saloon”, says Mr Sykes. “Our failure to exert any control over our border with the 27 other members of the EU means that we are on the brink of abolishing ourselves as an independent country and consigning 1,000 years of nationhood to the dustbin of history”.

He goes on to say that, “I have nothing against people from Romania and Bulgaria, but given the four million immigrants we have absorbed since 1997, and given the prospect that the end of transitional controls on two of the poorest countries on the continent will trigger another wave of mass immigration … you have to drawn the line somewhere”.

Sykes says he is not a UKUP member and had no party political motivation behind his decision to provide the party with funds. “I am in this to give people a say about their future”, he says. “We are going to roll some guns out … every person in Britain will get to know a lot more from our campaign than they have ever got to know from all the other campaigns put together”.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, the UKIP campaign has already degenerated into a shambolic farce, with six of the candidates standing down as ballot papers were about to be sent out.

Amid recriminations over infighting and a civil war between the UK party and its Scottish branch, Farage stands accused once again of parachuting in one of his cronies, and giving him an unfair advantage in the selection polls.

No amount of Sykes money will protect the party from this type of dirty dealing, which has characterised the party selection process and led to some distinctly low-grade candidates representing the party. And in this case, one of the casualties is Lord Monckton, who withdrew in disgust from the list in September.

Perhaps, though, it is best if Farage is off-line for a month or so, although even fortified with a little more backbone, it is unlikely he will improve the standing of those who would represent the party in the European elections. That would take more than even a surgeon of immigrant stock could manage.

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Paul Sykes has overcome his 9 year sulk it seems!

Posted by Greg Lance - Watkins (Greg_L-W) on 17/11/2013

Paul Sykes has overcome his 9 year sulk it seems!
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Paul Sykes has overcome his 9 year sulk it seems! Let us hope he brings some political sense to the table and insists UKIP concentrate on producing a responsible ‘Exit & Survival Strategy’ & concentrates on the agenda to Leave-The-EU, rather than dupe themselves into thinking they have the competence to be a political party without gravitas or leadership!!

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when Paul Sykes, who at the time of the Bristol Conference in 2004, was virtually UKIP’s only backer of consequence from 2001, those who were informed of the goings on within UKIP speculated as to why he had withdrawn support.

The general consensus of opinion at the time seemed to be divided between the fact that Nigel Farage had styled him the Yorkshire Dwarf and had also dishonestly promised Robert Kilroy Silk the leadership of UKIP.

There were also those who believed it may be because, secure in Farage’s promise to him of leadership of the party, Kilroy Silk had assumed the role of leader to some extent and had patently launched his own agenda; a practice actual leaders of the party seem to do with gay abandon!

I believe it had more to do with his, then pending, separation for his wife. I do not know if Paul Sykes and his wife have reconciled their differences giving him the peace of mind to rejoin the fight for Britain to Leave-The-EU or not, but I hope so.

In funding UKIP one wonders if he will fund it as before where he paid specific bills when presented or will he take a leaf out of Stuart Wheeler’s book and vie for joint treasurership displaying a modicum of sense and a clear lack of trust for the clique in central control of Farage’s party/cult!

Tory blow as tycoon Paul Sykes gives Ukip millions

Self-made businessman promises to do “whatever it takes” to help Ukip top the polls in May

Businessman Paul Sykes at his North Yorkshire home

Businessman Paul Sykes at his North Yorkshire home Photo: Lorne Campbell / Guzelian

The UK Independence Party will receive a multi-million pound boost before next year’s European elections after winning support from one of Britain’s wealthiest businessmen.

Paul Sykes, a self-made tycoon and veteran of the campaign to keep the pound 15 years ago, has promised to do “whatever it takes” to help Ukip top the polls in May.

His move deals a big blow to the Conservatives as they fight to contain Nigel Farage’s party.

Mr Sykes supported the Tories under Margaret Thatcher and Michael Howard, but has backed Ukip in the past, giving the party £1.5 million in 2004.

His latest investment in the party is expected to run into several millions. He told the Telegraph that he wanted to finance Ukip’s efforts to pull Britain out of the EU.

“It is time to tell the truth and let the people decide … I want this country to get back to becoming a self-governing nation,” he said.

“That is what I am in it for. I am not going to sit here and do nothing. It’s my final thing this, it’s my Waterloo.”

Paul Sykes is putting his millions where his mouth is, he tells Philip Johnston

Mr Farage’s party currently has 13 seats in the European Parliament after winning around 16.5 per cent of the vote in 2009, pushing Labour into third place. Pollsters believe Ukip would need to secure about 27 per cent in the elections expected on May 22 to overtake the Tories as the largest UK party in the European Parliament.

Such an outcome would send shock-waves through Westminster and especially through the Conservative Party, which has seen many activists defect to Ukip in recent months.

David Cameron’s promise of a referendum on a renegotiated EU settlement by 2017 has not stemmed the flow of support to Ukip, with many Tory Euro-sceptics unpersuaded that he can deliver a new deal for Britain.

A key development will be the removal of barriers to Romanian and Bulgarian citizens working in Britain from Jan 1. Mr Sykes, who spent an estimated £6  million campaigning against the UK joining the single currency with Sir James Goldsmith in the Nineties, has commissioned a poll showing that 74 per cent of the public are opposed to the free movement of labour from the two countries. Just 15 per cent said they were in favour.

“As a nation state, Britain is drinking in the last chance saloon,” said Mr Sykes, who in a 2010 Rich List was estimated to be worth £650 million.

“Our failure to exert any control over our border with the 27 other members of the EU means that we are on the brink of abolishing ourselves as an independent country and consigning 1,000 years of nationhood to the dustbin of history.”

He added: “I have nothing against people from Romania and Bulgaria, but given the four million immigrants we have absorbed since 1997, and given the prospect that the end of transitional controls on two of the poorest countries on the continent will trigger another wave of mass immigration … you have to drawn the line somewhere.”

Mr Sykes said he was not a Ukip member and had no party political motivation behind his decision to provide the party with funds.

“I am in this to give people a say about their future,” he said.

“We are going to roll some guns out … every person in Britain will get to know a lot more from our campaign than they have ever got to know from all the other campaigns put together.”

Mr Farage said: “I have worked with Paul and been close to him over many years and I have never seen him so determined as he is today. I have said for a long time now that I wanted to cause an earthquake on May 22 next year, and with people like Paul Sykes working with us that makes it more likely.”

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, yesterday defended freedom of movement within the EU. “Hundreds of thousands of British people benefit by going to live and work abroad elsewhere in the European Union. This is a two-way thing,” he told the BBC.

He said he understood concerns about the lifting of restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians, but insisted that there would be no repeat of 2004, when Britain opened its borders to Poles and other eastern Europeans, prompting hundreds of thousands to come to the UK.

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OR with a somewhat different slant/spin:

Paul Sykes: ‘I want to set Britain free from the EU’

Paul Sykes is on a crusade to get a referendum on Britain’s membership and to restore our borders – and he’s putting his millions where his mouth is, he tells Philip Johnston

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Paul Sykes at his Yorkshire home in the shadow of Fountains Abbey; he is financing the Ukip advert below. ‘I am not in party politics,’ he says. ‘I am in freedom fighting’ 

Paul Sykes is David Cameron’s worst nightmare: a Ukip supporter with a pile of cash, and ready to spend it. By his own reckoning, this 70-year-old Yorkshire businessman has donated around £6 million to campaigns designed to keep Britain from the clutches of Europe.

Now, after a lengthy period avoiding the political limelight, he is again about to dig deep into his own pocket to finance one more effort to sever the UK’s 40-year tie-up with the Continent. In the past, this straight-talking self-made millionaire has helped fund Euro-sceptic Tory MPs – and was, for 27 years, even a party member. But the beneficiaries of his largesse this time will be Ukip – and his aim is to help Nigel Farage’s party top the poll in next year’s European elections. If that happens, Sykes hopes that all the major parties will then commit to a referendum on the UK’s future in Europe.

“There is only one political party at present that says it wants to be out of the EU, and there is only one political party that would deliver it – and that is Ukip,” he said. “It is the only game in town. I am certainly not wasting my time, energy and money on any of the others.”

We are speaking in the drawing room of his beautiful Gothic-style home in the shadow of Fountains Abbey, near Ripon, set in a few hundred acres of prime North Yorkshire countryside. Sykes’s story is a classic of its kind: the son of a miner, he left school with no qualifications to become a tyre-fitter. He started dealing in car parts before branching out to sell second-hand buses and lorries to the Far East. In the early 1960s, when the Beatles were taking home £1,000 a week, he was earning three times as much and driving a Rolls-Royce.

He later invested in shopping centres, including the Meadowhall, near Sheffield, which sold for more than £1 billion, netting Sykes £280 million. In 2000, he created the Planet Online internet provider and, foreseeing the 2008 financial crisis, got out of commercial property before the crash. By 2010, he was ranked the 26th wealthiest person in Britain, worth about £650 million. Famously, he has said he will not leave his children any money, beyond helping them buy a house, so that they learn how to make their own way in life.

This, then, is not a man who does anything in half measures or without single-minded determination; and the first policy in his sights is the decision to remove the remaining barriers to the settlement of Romanian and Bulgarian citizens in the UK. They have been free to come here since 2007 but not to work. From January 1, that will change, though it is unclear how many more will arrive on top of the 200,000, mainly Roma, who have already arrived. Sykes is testing the water in his own backyard first with an advert in The Yorkshire Post, which draws on a YouGov poll finding that 74 per cent of voters oppose removing the remaining controls on Romanian and Bulgarian immigration. Only 15 per cent are in favour. Last week, David Blunkett, the former home secretary, warned of riots if Roma migration continued unabated.

The advert Paul Sykes has paid for in The Yorkshire Post

“To me, borders define whether you are a sovereign nation or not,” said Sykes. “On that issue, surely to goodness, the British people need information and a referendum before they are taken down entirely. Britain can’t supply the infrastructure to supply itself, and yet here we are with open borders to bring in hundreds of thousands if not millions of people. How can we set our Treasury numbers when we don’t know how many people are in the country or are likely to come?”

I asked him why the Romanians and Bulgarians will make a difference when we have already opened the borders to others from eastern Europe. “Because they are so poor,” he said. “I have nothing against people from Bulgaria or Romania. I feel sorry for them because they will come and not get the services they think they are going to get, because we will be lucky to provide our own services. How are we going to give our people jobs? We have got to crunch time. It is madness. There is no economic or political sense left. This time people know something is not right.

“The parties are all discussing referendums because they know the feeling out there. But they are not taking the temperature. It’s taking people like me having to spend my money having opinion polls done. Why doesn’t the Government do that? People do not want the borders open: surely this should be the decision for the people it’s going to affect?”

Sykes first became involved in campaigning when he joined forces in the early 1990s with James Goldsmith, the financier, to stop what they feared was a government move to join the euro. “If it hadn’t been for me and Jimmy Goldsmith we might be in it now,” he said. “They would have called that referendum and the pro-Europeans would have won it. Jimmy spent over £30 million for campaigning on the Referendum Party. I spent £4.5 million to £5 million fighting against the euro because I couldn’t believe it would work. And it turned out exactly as I said. I don’t want any praise for that – not that the CBI and all the others who were in favour have ever written to say sorry. And it wasn’t just here – I took pages in newspapers in Denmark and we kept Denmark out of it, we kept Sweden out. They even wanted to give me an honour.”

Sykes believes that Ukip will win the most seats next May, making it impossible for the mainstream parties to duck the issue of continued membership.

“It’s hard to believe that it is 40 years since we had a referendum on whether to go into what was a Common Market,” he says. “It is now almost a common country. How have they managed to achieve that without a single direct vote by the British public? They have attempted to create a United States of Europe. We have never had a chance of stopping it or voting for or against it.

“We have lost our self-government, we have lost the ability to become efficient on tax and spend; we have lost our ability to control our economy even though we are not in the euro. It even costs us £19 billion a year to be a member of this thing. Our economy could be more efficient outside the EU.”

If, as seems likely, the Government fails to keep the border controls on Romania and Bulgaria, Sykes thinks they and Labour will pay the price at the polls in May and that Nigel Farage will be the beneficiary.

“He is very clear and very concise about what he stands for,” Sykes explained. “I am working with Ukip in order to get the people a referendum. That is the sole purpose I am in it for. I want the British people to have a say on borders and membership of the EU. And if this assistance I am going to give to Ukip brings that about, I have finished. That is as much as I can do.

“We are going to roll some guns out. Serious. Let’s put it this way: every person in Britain will get to know a lot more from our campaign than they have ever got to know from all the other campaigns put together. It is time to tell the truth and let the people decide. I have had enough of all these career politicians – MPs and MEPs, as far as I am concerned, are in it for themselves. Not all of them. But those that aren’t should speak out now.

“We will be asking all of them to state where they stand. Every MP will be asked where he stands, and his constituents will get to know. It is time for them to decide what they are going to do. I am going to go out to all the MPs and ask if they are in favour or not, and find out where they stand. They are on the wrong side of where public opinion is, and they need to be stood accountable. Every MP in the country will know his job is on the line.”

But might he go easy on those who are committed to leaving the EU? “I am not in party politics,” he says. “I am in freedom fighting. I want this country to get back to becoming a self-governing nation. That is what I am in it for. That’s all I want. I want the people to decide – and I am not going to sit here and do nothing. It’s my final thing, this – it’s my Waterloo.”

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