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Thursday, December 23, 2004 

UKIP damaged by Leadership Battle - FT

The Financial Times, linked here, reports on the campaign expenditure figures issued by the Electoral Commission and linked from a posting below this yesterday. It notes:

"But the party admitted yesterday its financial backing had been damaged by the continuing feud between its leadership and Robert Kilroy-Silk, the former chat show host."

The paper highlights the huge discrepancy in advertising between UKIP and the three other large spending parties:

The fringe party relied heavily on advertising, spending £1.6m - more than Labour's £320,000, the Conservative's £572,000 and the Lib Dems' £129,000.

Yet more evidence, as if any were needed, that even with a high-profile and popular leader such as Robert Kilroy-Silk, a substantial war-chest is required for electoral success, the rest of the article makes quite clear that this will be impossible to achieve under the ghost leadership of Roger Knapman and the misguided, mean and mendacious manipulations of Nigel Farage. A final quote makes this quite clear:-

"Donations are just star-ting to pick up - they dried up after Kilroy-Silk made his leadership bid," a UKIP official said.

We must all wonder by just how much they really are picking up? Will hoaxes played on the press really help?

posted by Martin |8:16 AM
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