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Former MS Neil Hamilton elected UKIP leader

18 Oct 2021 2 minutes Read
Neil Hamilton. Picture by Derek Bennett (CC BY 2.0).

The former MS Neil Hamilton has been elected leader of UKIP.

The news was announced that the ex-Senedd member for Mid and West Wales will now lead the party during its conference in Worthing.

The party’s official Twitter account posted: “We’re delighted to announce that Neil Hamilton has been elected UKIP leader!”

Hamilton is at least the seventh person to lead UKIP since Nigel Farage stood down from the role in 2016 following the EU referendum.

UKIP won 13% of the vote and elected seven members – including Neil Hamilton – at the 2016 Welsh Assembly election, a month before the Brexit referendum. But the party lost all of its seats at the Senedd at the 2021.

There has previously been confusion about who is the real leader of UKIP after Neil Hamilton’s right to be the party’s head was challenged by his predecessor.

Freddy Vachha was elected leader of the UK Independence Party in June 2020, but the party’s website then listed Neil Hamilton as UK Interim Party Leader, as well as leader, and spokesman, of UKIP Wales.

Vachha argued at the time that the Party Chairman, Ben Walker, had no right to remove him under the party’s constitution.

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Mark
Mark
1 month ago

S**t always floats to the top.

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
1 month ago

With all the empty shelves, driver shortages and sky rocketing food prices – are they still around? I thought they’d be hiding beneath the rock from which they came.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

So what if Neil Hamilton’s the leader of Ukip. It’s a dead party full of society’s detritus.

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
1 month ago

UKIP – What’s the point?

Derek
Derek
1 month ago

Is Purple Homicide imminent, then? Eejit.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

Dim ots. He’s no longer our problem.

Gareth
Gareth
1 month ago

And in other important news, slugs have eaten my cabbage in the back garden.

Michael Rieveley
Michael Rieveley
1 month ago

There’s something of tragedy about the political career of Neil Hamilton. From the promise of a young upcoming Conservative MP until he was involved in the taking money for questions scandal. He lost his safe seat, went into bankruptcy and then he and his wife tried to claw their way back by humiliating themselves on junk TV shows. Unfortunately there was something in his personality, smarmy and sneering, that never endeared him to his audience. Then along came UKIP, desperate for candidates as their populist anti EU, anti immigrant, isolationist nationalism struck a chord with many who were struggling. In… Read more »

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Met at Worthing ? Which redundant telephone kiosk ? or were there enough to fill a hotel lift ?

Mick Tems
Mick Tems
1 month ago

Where’s the UKIP conference? In a phone box?

Jeff33
Jeff33
1 month ago

An irrelevant man leading an irrelevant party.

David Charles Pearn
David Charles Pearn
1 month ago

Are ukip still going.

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