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UKIP Wales general election fund raises nothing at all in six days

26 Mar 2024 5 minute read
Ben Walker

Martin Shipton

A fundraising appeal for the far-right United Kingdom Independence Party in Wales has failed to raise a single penny in the six days since it opened.

This stands in startling contrast to the fact that in the 25 years to March 2021, UKIP received 1,823 legacies and donations totalling nearly £20m.

When the appeal was launched, the party’s “regional organiser” for Wales Paul Campbell introduced it on the party’s website saying: “The General Election 2024 is a few months away and UKIP want to stand candidates all over Wales to fight against the establishment parties who have done nothing but oversee falling standards.

“At Westminster and the Senedd, Labour and Conservatives are out of touch with the great British people and only UKIP can restore pride and British values in Wales and the UK. It costs £500 deposit to stand a candidate and there are 32 constituencies in Wales..

“All monies raised will go towards the cost of deposits and other election costs. If you wish to stand, then contact me for information via Facebook UKIP Wales. If you want to sponsor a particular candidate or want more information, ring myself via Facebook. Many thanks”

So far, the response to the appeal has been non-existent.

Inability

This, in fact, mirrors the UK party’s apparent inability to attract any donations over £500 since September 2021, as revealed in its compulsory declarations to the Electoral Commission.

In an introduction to the party’s latest set of accounts, for the year 2022, national party chairman Ben Walker wrote on April 26 2023: “The party continues to operate throughout a difficult political period, where support bases are fractured, and widespread apathy drains the electorate of its interest and trust in politics as a whole. The party’s administrative model has insulated it from these challenges to some effect, as it has still been able to operate effectively.

“That said, there is only so much any model can offer, and the party’s true strength lays with its committed membership and support base,along with its key activists and party officers, all to which we owe huge gratitude.”

Mr Walker has become a figure of pivotal importance for UKIP, having taken over from former Senedd Member Neil Hamilton in 2021 as a “person with significant control” over UKIP. Interestingly, however, Mr Walker is also said to have control of a trust which controls UKIP – something that wasn’t mentioned in Companies House documents during Mr Hamilton’s time as a person with significant control. There is no knowledge of how much money may be in the UKIP trust as opposed to the UKIP company.

Sacked

In February 2024 Mr Walker, from Gloucestershire, was sacked as a magistrate after Nation.Cymru revealed he had criminal convictions as a rogue builder. In October 2023 we told how he had been ordered to pay more than £11,000 after being found guilty of five breaches of building regulations at Bristol Magistrates Court in 2019. He was fined £2,000 for each conviction and in addition had to pay costs of £1,519.18 and a victim surcharge of £170. The case had gone ahead in his absence.

Mr Walker’s Linked-In profile is phrased ambiguously, making it difficult for a reader to understand that he is no longer a councillor or a magistrate: “As the national chairman of Ukip, I lead the party’s vision, mission and strategy and oversee its operations, finances and communications. My diverse expertise stems from my background as a Royal Navy veteran, former town mayor, district councillor, local authority vice chairman and magistrate.”

Llanelli

Meanwhile in Llanelli, where the far-right Voice of Wales duo Daniel Morgan, a convicted fraudster, and Stan Robinson, the general election candidate for the constituency, have closed down their own recently launched fundraiser for a 13-year-old girl who was involved in a school fight. The pair interviewed the unidentified girl and her mother to push an unproven narrative that white children are being routinely attacked by pupils from ethnic minorities.

A comment on the Voice of Wales website said: “Fights happen every single day in schools up and down the country – get a xxxxxxx grip.”

The fund was shut when a total of £1,175 was raised.

In January Nation.Cymru reported how Mr Morgan and Mr Robinson made racist slurs against new First Minister Vaughan Gething in an online video.

Mr Robinson, who will be Ukip’s candidate in Llanelli at the general election expected to be held this year, joked with Mr Morgan about the leadership candidacy of Mr Gething. He described Mr Gething as “tinted” and a “mock diversity” candidate. He also derided Mr Gething for saying that if he wins the election he will be the first Black national leader in Europe.

At the end of his video conversation with Mr Morgan, Mr Robinson announced facetiously that he would “black up” for dinner.

A Llanelli Labour source said at the time: “It is shocking that someone standing for election to Parliament should engage in such racist behaviour. The comments made in this video hark back to the prejudices of the 1950s and are totally unacceptable. These people are doing their best to stir up racial hatred and it shouldn’t be tolerated.”


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Marc
Marc
15 days ago

They’ve done better than I thought they would

Rhddwen y Sais
Rhddwen y Sais
15 days ago
Reply to  Marc

Why does UKIP still exist Wales voted to leave the EU.

Rob
Rob
15 days ago
Reply to  Rhddwen y Sais

Which has already happened and doesn’t look like its going to be reversed anytime soon.

cablestreet
cablestreet
15 days ago
Reply to  Marc

Tears of laughter had only just stopped rolling down my cheeks and then I read your comment. Now you’ve started me off again!

Voice of Wells
Voice of Wells
15 days ago
Reply to  Marc

Only “better”? It is much better!
The appeal seemed to be by UKIP WALES, but it is for the whole of the country and the whole of UKIP.
Which means, the money for the benefit of the one man who is the unelected unselected chairman and unsupervised returning officer of the predecided election, and also the de facto leader, the de facto treasurer, the de facto party director, the de facto campaigns manager, the de facto everything spokesperson, the de facto anything-else-I-forgot-about.
But he doesn’t need more money, does he? I mean, with all those legacies.

Voice of Wells
Voice of Wells
15 days ago

“the UK party’s apparent inability to attract any donations”, should not “APPARENT” have been in bold underlined? Also, it is not about donations, anywhere as much as about bequests and legacies (I never know the difference) left to UKIP in Wills written by true believers. Believers who grew old, lost track of current events and that UKIP for years has been just a facade (like the BNP). Or who just forgot they left the house to UKIP. Diverting party money into a One Man Trust, if it happened, could be embezzlement. Deliberate failure to declare it to the electoralcommission.org.uk or… Read more »

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
15 days ago

Hahaha what a bunch of tw@ts

Dillon in Cam
Dillon in Cam
14 days ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Rhu, not as tw@tty as you think. Do let me give you a Clue. In the Last Will and Testament of Dr Black, who tragically met his end in the library by means of a blow from behind with a silver candlestick wielded by Professor Plum (the purple traveller) but blamed on the dementia suffering Colonel Mustard, it was discovered the deceased had bequeathed Tudor Hall in Wales to the political party to which he’d given so many years. Tudor Hall, now worth a few bob, has a new owner, and not a trace of what happened is to be… Read more »

cablestreet
cablestreet
14 days ago
Reply to  Dillon in Cam

?

Againe
Againe
9 days ago
Reply to  cablestreet

Characters in Cluedo, isn’t Plum purple?
There’s been many a crime. One perp in common.
An embezzler’s luck could be running out, and all the Tory connections his ageing C&L ‘party uncle’ shared with him won’t do any good once Starmer’s in Number Ten. This time, it’ll be the CPS, not his ex-comrades.
Could be their make-believe contest for leader could be followed by another, more important, one? For not even microKIP could be run from inside. Hope it’s not Leyhill Recreation Centre. Has Horfield been renamed?

Againe
Againe
9 days ago

https://www.gofundme.com/s?q=UKIP

Been a fortnight now, but ever-popular UKIP has raised a Big Fat Zero for its Election Fund.

Surprised no one noticed that Count Binface, the intergalactic spice warrior who reminds us he put UKIP in the bin in 2021, has so far raised £10,195, and climbing!

It is good to Trust that UKIP’s Seigneur has legacies from deceased members (the rest are near-deceased) to keep the wolves from his doors and his restocked harem.

Squire Tun-Toff
Squire Tun-Toff
6 days ago
Reply to  Againe

OMG, that Ukip fund-raiser reached the inspiring and impressive total of……………Zero. But Council elections in four weeks, no money for leaflets, the Big One in a few months, no money for deposits.

Will Chairman Walker now dip into his Trust where those squillions of party donations and legacies all went? Blaming Treasuer Lost Marbles for letting him set it up under their noses, wonder if this will impress the Judge?

Againe
Againe
20 minutes ago

As someone advised, and I checked, there is still not a brass farthing at https://www.gofundme.com/f/ukip-general-election-fund But then, money always seems to flow in only one direction, if it involves the party’s notorious Cam Parish Councillor or his secretive Trust? “Trust” and “Walker” are words that, as I see it, sit together………… uneasily.

Againe
Againe
9 days ago

I’m sure he and the lawyers responsible for this unique “scheme” won’t have forgotten to keep the Electoral Commission, Board of Directors (him not being one), Company Auditor, HMRC, Party Executive Committee, members, properly informed about Trust arrangements? I mean, it’s not at all like someone thrice advertising to the whole party membership (all 43 of them) him becoming a Magistrate, all the while having innocently forgotten, not once but twice, to disclose to the Judicial Appointments office any of his five recent criminal convictions for being a rogue (builder). It is quite a different thing. I mean, he really… Read more »

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