UKIP

Ukip leader’s ‘complete idiot’ jibe backfires

17 August 2017 15:52

In the wake of the referendum and a series of messy leadership battles, Ukip is a party without a plan.…

Will Ukip survive as an anti-Islam party?

15 August 2017 13:34

The decision to allow Anne Marie Waters – co-founder of anti-Islam group Pegida UK alongside former EDL leader Tommy Robinson – to stand…

Ukip’s interim leader on Nigel Farage, Brexit and his party’s death spiral

5 August 2017 9:30

‘Some wine? How about a beer? Shall we settle into a good old pub?’ I make these suggestions to Ukip’s…

David Coburn throws his hat into the ring for Ukip’s top job

12 June 2017 12:59

After a dire election performance and the departure of its fourth leader in less than a year, Ukip is in…

Paul Nuttall, the hopeless populist

30 May 2017 11:03

Paul Nuttall doesn’t want to be a hangman after all. There was some doubt over the weekend when the Ukip leader…

Paul Nuttall scrambles for purpose in his interview with Andrew Neil

29 May 2017 20:33

If Ukip’s vote really does hit the floor come June 8th, the party’s leader won’t be granted a coveted prime-time…

Andrew Neil interviews Paul Nuttall: full transcript

29 May 2017 20:00

AN: Paul Nuttall UKIP was established in 1993, it was to get the UK out of the European Union. You…

Spread your bets on Theresa May’s majority

28 May 2017 8:30

Where’s all the unpredictability in politics gone? After the hubbub about a ‘crisis of liberalism’ and the thrills of punting…

Ukip spare the beekeeper

25 May 2017 14:34

Ukip has vowed to ban the burka if it ever comes to power and in its manifesto – which it…

Ukip’s tough talk on terror comes with a big risk

25 May 2017 12:24

Ukip’s success in pursuing the Tories over Brexit will be remembered for a long time. Now, the party thinks it…

Paul Nuttall lacks the personal touch in the leaders’ debate

18 May 2017 22:21

Oh dear. With both Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn opting to give tonight’s ITV leaders’ debate a miss, leaders of…

The rise and fall of Ukip in Wales

9 May 2017 10:55

Once upon a time the Welsh didn’t much care for the Kippers. In successive European elections (1999, 2004 and 2009),…

Local elections: West Midlands win caps off a day of stunning successes for the Tories

5 May 2017 15:53

The Tories are up 540 seats, have gained control of 11 councils and enjoyed success in the Tees Valley, Cambridgeshire…

Is the end nigh for Ukip?

5 May 2017 13:17

Ukip is a party dwelling on its past glories rather than its future this afternoon. The party’s leader Paul Nuttall has very…

Ukip targets foreign aid in its bid to woo wavering Tory voters

3 May 2017 16:37

Ukip is a party searching for a purpose. In recent weeks, its focus has been on Islam. Now, it has…

Watch: Ukip deputy leader Peter Whittle chased by protesters at chaotic campaign launch

28 April 2017 11:28

Poor old Paul Nuttall. Today was supposed to be a fresh start for Ukip as the party launched its election…

Ukip leader Paul Nuttall confirms he will stand for Parliament

27 April 2017 17:25

Paul Nuttall has just confirmed he will be standing in the upcoming election. The Ukip leader promised to be ‘leading the…

Ukip’s focus on the burqa shows the party has little left to offer on Brexit

24 April 2017 17:15

The launch of Ukip’s new ‘integration agenda’ today was notable for two reasons. Firstly, Paul Nuttall refused to say whether he…

Paul Nuttall’s disappearing act

24 April 2017 14:23

Today hacks were briefed that Ukip would use a press conference to make a big campaign announcement. This led to…

The Spectator Podcast: Election special

20 April 2017 16:12

On this week’s episode, we discuss the two European nations that are are heading for the polls in the next couple…

Did Douglas Carswell try – and fail – to rejoin the Tory fold?

20 April 2017 12:35

Douglas Carswell has just announced that he will not stand for re-election as the MP for Clacton. The independent MP, who…

Mark Reckless’s defection presents the Tories with a conundrum

6 April 2017 14:07

Mark Reckless infuriated many Tories when he defected to Ukip. Now, he’s defected again – and made few people happy…

The joys of Brexit

2 April 2017 12:00

The thing that got me about the photo-graph which prompted the Daily Mail’s harmless but now infamous headline ‘Never mind…

If Ukip is to survive, Nigel Farage also needs to go

26 March 2017 12:54

So poisonous were the relations between Nigel Farage and Douglas Carswell that no-one will have been surprised at the latter’s…

It’s mission accomplished for Douglas Carswell as Ukip’s only MP quits

25 March 2017 13:20

Today Ukip went from a political party with one MP, to a political party with no MPs. Douglas Carswell has…