Nigel Farage wants UKIP’s only MP kicked out of party for ‘sabotaging his knighthood’
Ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage has called for the party’s only MP to be sacked over claims he is trying to divide the ‘kippers’ in every “imaginable” way.
Farage claims Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, has opposed the party’s policies and is “consumed with jealousy and a desire to hurt me.”
“As a party, how can we let a man represent us in the House of Commons who actively and transparently seeks to damage us?” Farage wrote in the Telegraph.
“I think there is little future for UKIP with him staying inside this party. The time for him to go is now.”
Farage and Carswell have been feuding since allegations emerged suggesting the MP tried to sabotage the former’s knighthood.
In an email leaked to the paper back in December, Carswell apparently played down the chances of Farage becoming a peer, and mocked him by saying he should go for an Order of the British Empire (OBE) instead.
“As promised, I did speak to the government chief whip.
“Perhaps we might try angling to get Nigel an OBE next time round? For services to headline writers? An MBE, maybe? Let’s discuss.”
Carswell told the Press Association he tried his “best to make sure he [Farage] got an honor that reflects his contribution.”
Farage claims that Carswell has been distancing himself from the party leadership and policies ever since the general election in 2015.
Me, watching UKIP former leadership suggesting kicking out own MPs because they can't have a knighthood pic.twitter.com/QJRiIMxUxR— DisappointedOptimist (@rbp77) 28 February 2017
“From that moment on, Carswell has sought to split and divide UKIP in every way imaginable,” he said.
“Since the general election he has brought nothing to the party at all other than constant division, at times I believe deliberately stirred up to cause maximum damage to the party.”
The claims come as millionaire UKIP donor Arron Banks threatens to withdraw funds unless he is made chairman of the party.
Banks’ ultimatum follows UKIP leader Paul Nuttall’s defeat in the Stoke by-election last week, losing to Labour’s Gareth Snell.
“I am giving Paul Nuttall an ultimatum that either I become chairman and sort out UKIP by bringing in business people and professionals to make the party electable, or I am out of there,” Banks told the Sunday Express.
He represents himself and no one else. A terrible individual that's done his best to destroy UKIP. https://t.co/xRs52BVtHe— Arron Banks (@Arron_banks) February 27, 2017
“The party cannot continue to be run like a jumble sale.
“If Nuttall doesn’t professionalize it and toss out the likes of Douglas Carswell, Suzanne Evans and the rest of the Tory cabal then the party is finished anyway,” Banks said.
The UKIP donor also backs Farage’s claims that Carswell is detrimental to the party’s popularity, saying he is a “businessman” who “does not care about UKIP.”
“Mr. Carswell is a career politician and doesn’t care about UKIP and he has got to get out,” Banks said.
“So my first job as chairman would be to purge the party of these sorts of people.”
Banks also described Carswell as being a “green-eyed jealous monster when it comes to Nigel.”
Farage has meanwhile called for the party to mirror US President Donald Trump’s stance on immigration.
“Should we have strong vetting, should we make sure that we're a place that illegal immigrants can’t come, should we have a proper, balanced, system where we take good people in from around the world?
“Absolutely, that’s exactly what we should be doing and I think maybe UKIP has slightly lost ownership of this argument,” Farage said.
Trump recently tried to impose a ban on immigrants entering the US from seven
Muslim-majority countries before courts enforced an order against it.
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