With UKIP and its MEP Jane Collins on the wrong end of a libel action by three Labour MPs, speculation is rife that the resulting legal bill will push the party into bankruptcy.
After accusing opponents of ignoring sexual abuse in Rotherham, Collins is on the hook for £600,000 in costs and damages, while her party faces a £175,000 bill for – in the words of Mr Justice Warby – a “deliberate, informed and calculated decision, for reasons of party political advantage, to ensure that the case was not settled before the general election”.
So how did Jane Collins come to join UKIP in the first place? Her official party bio explains:
“In 1995 Jane met Katie Bloom; which resulted in a 9-year partnership as leading Equine Physiotherapists, rehabilitating racehorses, show jumpers and dressage horses that were competing at home and International level … During this time, Jane met Godfrey Bloom and was introduced to UKIP.”
So despite quitting UKIP in October 2014, he may yet have had a hand in finally bringing down the party.
It will only have taken him 23 years.