The prospect of UKIP overtaking the Tories in the forthcoming Wythenshawe and Sale East by-election has given rise to claims of a stitch-up by party top brass — with the local ‘kipper chairman banned from running the process.
Names in the frame for the high-visibility contest include deputy leader Paul Nuttall and national executive member Louise Bours. As a professional singer and actress with a dutch father, Bours previously went under the name ‘van de Bours’. Indeed, she was still using this surname in UKIP as late as August 2013.
But at some point during her ascent of the party ranks — eventually securing third place on UKIP’s north west regional list for the European elections in May — ‘van de Bours’ appears to have ditched her tussenvoegsel to become simply ‘Bours’.
Could a foreign-sounding surname be some form of impediment with xenophobic UKIP activists?