With the UKIP manifesto launched in the marginal seat of Thurrock, Nigel Farage had some warm words for his Suzanne Evans — who turned the document around in short order:

“I absolutely congratulate Suzanne Evans and her team for producing this excellent manifesto. And the fact that she’s done it with all of our costings verified and backed up is testament to her professionalism.

And who is the party’s local candidate in Thurrock?

Tim Aker, who was forced to resign as UKIP policy chief in January after failing to complete the manifesto in time.

This is very awkward indeed and won’t have been lost on those in the room.

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