TEN years after UKIP’s mayoral candidate, boxing promoter Frank Maloney, said he would not campaign in Camden because the borough had “too many gays”, the party is putting all of that controversy behind them, surfing any Farage live-debate-mania it can find and pledging a ‘record amount’ of candidates for next month’s council elections. As a team is assembled, even their north London organisers concede the previous record of two should not take too much topping. But those involved also know it would be foolish to let the local polls slip away without a beefier presence on ballot papers as they start to play with higher stakes. A meeting of north London members is scheduled for a pub in Hendon on Monday, presumably to talk tactics.
While we wait, intrigued, to see who makes the final shortlist, a peek at the ‘UKIP Brent & Camden’ Facebook page reveals at least 13 candidates, shared across the two boroughs, are ready to roll. The same post, however, urges more to come forward. The status update – left last week – is brutally honest about the use of ‘paper candidates’ too. Its text reads:
A lot of people will be voting UKIP for the European Elections so should likewise have the opportunity to do so at council level. If you’d like to stand as a councillor – even if only as a paper candidate – please send us a Private Message through this page and we will arrange for the papers to be sent out to you.
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