UPDATE: As Scrapbook suspected, BBC Look North confirmed last night that the whole process has been referred to the NEC — the same NEC that defenestrated their own candidate in Clacton for Douglas Carswell.
UKIP have literally held their selection meeting for Boston and Skegness — deemed by academics Matthew Goodwin and Rob Ford to be the party’s second best prospect — in a brewery: namely that of XXXB producer Bateman’s.
But it gets better. Now they won’t actually tell anyone who won. The BBC’s regional political editor:
Who's the mystery candidate selected by UKIP in Boston & Skegness, but the party refuses to reveal? Answers on postcard to @Nigel_Farage
— Tim Iredale (@iredalepolitics) November 13, 2014
Could the delay in announcing the victor have anything to do with the leading candidate being, errr, Neil Hamilton?
There’s certainly no love lost between Farage and the brown-envelope-loving former Tory MP. And having finally ditched Godfrey Bloom, UKIP might be loathe to fill the vacant position of Gaffe-Generator-In-Chief with a candidate who is not only less personable but also became a byword for 1990s corruption and sleaze.
Buying themselves a few day’s breathing space, is it possible that the party plan to get their National Executive Committee to overrule a Hamilton victory?