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Barrister excluded from UKIP leadership contest after filing 17 minutes late

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Humiliating day for profession as Woolfe outmanoeuvred by, inter alia, one-time TK Maxx store manager and Tesco supervisor

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The chances of a lawyer heading up one of the UK’s three largest political parties receded today when Steven Woolfe (barrister and one-time in-house counsel for Taylor Wessing and DLA Piper) was excluded from the UKIP ballot for late submission of his nomination papers.

The decision was taken by a clear majority of NEC members, a body described by leader Nigel Farage as “total amateurs who come to London once a month with sandwiches in their rucksacks to attend meetings that last seven hours”.

Woolfe had been the favourite to win in a field perhaps best described as curious. It includes Lisa Duffy, a former TKMaxx store manager, who wants to end the abuse of the NHS by foreigners, ban Muslim schools, and claims to offer “a common sense” approach to leadership. She is supported by the sole UKIP MP Duncan Carswell.

Then there is the new favourite Diane James, most famous for admiring Putin and slagging off Romanians. And, topping the lot, ex-wrestler and Tesco supervisor Philip Broughton who is just plain odd. See video below:

The exclusion has triggered the now almost inevitable civil war within a political party. Three members of the National Executive resigned immediately muttering about “escalating megalomania”. A UKIP MEP, Tim Aker, said, darkly, “this isn’t over”. And main donor Arron Banks tweeted about a “Hamilton/Carswell coup” before telling Sky News that he may split the party.

Meanwhile, Nigel Farage lurks in the background, pint in hand, plotting his next move.

21 Comments

Anonymous

“Humiliating day for profession” – I do not think it humiliating that a Barrister failed to become the face of UKIP I think the humiliation is there association in the first place

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Anonymous

PS their

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Anonymous

*FORMER barrister

A guy with a mediocre educational background, had a short lived career as a crappy criminal barrister. An all round failure.

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Lord Harley Davidson of council flat OBE KCB LLB KCM Kgt

Haters gonna be haters…. Lay off.. he was my pupil-master…

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Anonymous

Given those candidates, UKIP will probably end up with the leader they deserve.

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Anonymous

Such snobbery…. ‘one-time TK Maxx store manager and Tesco supervisor’.

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Anonymous

chip-diddy -chip chip chip

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Anonymous

UKIP idiots. He was the candidate who could have seen them win many seats from Labour in the north.

I’m delighted their factionalism has ruled him out. They’ll select one of a range of identikit home counties clones who will oversee the party’s immediate decline.

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Kraftwork

We..are..the..robots…

*Dum-dum-de-dum*

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Tyrion

The guy submitted his application late. What were they supposed to do? Why have rules and then allow them to be broken? He was probably the strongest candidate but he needs to take responsibility for what happened here.

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Anonymous

Well, if he can’t deliver his paperwork on time, well, I have no sympathy.

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Anonymous

Douglas Carswell. Come on…

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Anonymous

inter alios

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Anonymous

TK Maxx is a guilty pleasure for many of us.

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Anonymous

I buy all my boxer shorts and socks from tk maxx. There isn’t really an excuse for a man to get his underwear anywhere more expensive – tk maxx provides top of the range designer underwear for bargain prices.

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Anonymous

I take umbrage to the idea that UKIP are one of the ‘three largest political parties’. Regardless of the attempts by the media to boost them, looking at the Commons alone they are something like joint eleventh in terms of representation…

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Anonymous

Do we know whether his criminal conviction was declared to the regulator?

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Anonymous

I have been asked to decide whether or not to allow Steven Woolfe to stand for leader of UKIP despite his application being received 17 minutes late. I have regard to the case of Denton and I adopts its three stage test.

Firstly, I accept that the failure to meet the 12pm deadline by 17 minutes was serious and significant. The deadline was clear, mandatory, and there is an important public policy behind the finality of the application process.

Secondly, I am told that there was a good reason in failing to comply, namely a delay on UKIP’s end in processing the application. I do not accept that, in principle, this is a good reason, because it is incumbent on a prospective candidate to ensure that his or her application is received in time. As the voices in my head pointed out in argument, it would not be difficult to ensure that the application was finalised in good time before the deadline to avoid exactly these sort of errors. I do, however, take into account the fact that Steven Woolfe did file his application in time, notwithstanding perhaps foreseeable delays, in respect of the third stage below.

Thirdly, I turn to consider all the circumstances of the case. It is vitally important that UKIP elect a leader who will take votes from Labour in the north and will hold the Government to account in ensuring a swift, proper and decisive exit from the SRA. Their bias against myself and other upstanding members of the profession has become increasingly apparent, particularly when their bias against me was only exposed after my fearless application for an injunction under American Cyanide principles.

Taking these factors into account, I find that Steven Woolfe should be granted relief from sanction and accordingly is entitled to stand for the leadership of UKIP. I do order, however, that his deposit of £5,000 be forfeit, and that it be used for the purposes of paying off my £86,000 costs bill to the SRA.

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Anonymous

Too much time on your hands mate.

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Anonymous

Word. I bet the geezer has a vitamin D deficiency .

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David Gale

Whatever happened to Thomas and Another v BPE solicitors [2010]?

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