Following the defection to UKIP of Conservative MP Mark Reckless, who yesterday shocked the media and political establishment (everyone else knew it was on the cards.) by announcing his switch from con to Kipper from the podium at the closing session of UKIP’s conference, the Kippers latest recruit and his new leader yesterday faced angry but ineffectual protests today from far left and far right extremists during a walkabout.
Mr Reckless and Mr Farage were joined by UKIP supporters for a day of campaigning for the upcoming by election in the constituency of Rochester and Strood. Mr. Reckless will resign his seat and fight the election as UKIP candidate rather than impose his switch on constituents. Lacking the same level of personal popularity that fellow defector Douglas Carswell enjoys in Clacton, Reckless might not find his return to Westminster quite so easy.
Whilst the former Tory MP was met with cheers and applause on the final day of the conference in Doncaster he met with quite a different reception in the town he, until yesterday, represented in Westminster.
Nigel Farage told media representatives “There was an organised protest by the Conservative Party, Mr Farage said, “including Craig Mackinlay who lives in Rochester and who was beaten to the Conservative nomination by Mark Reckless.
“Also supporters of the extreme left who have been busy on social media after they were notified that I would be in Rochester today decided to turn up.
“Because of that I had to be removed quickly from the situation, Mr Farage said, adding, “Kent Police were excellent. He explained that the situation would not be taken any further.
At the core of the protest were members of the Socialist Worker Party and other left wing extremists who were also involved in violent scenes at UKIP meetings earlier in the year which resulted in a magistrate finding Andrew Scott guilty of common assault.
Mr Farage and his security team have made it clear that UKIP will continue to hold public events despite the threats of violence.
It is notable that as is the case with EDL and Britain First demonstrations, it is always the left that start the fighting. Are these people so insane they can’t control their anger when anyone disagrees with their fascistic world view … or are they just a bunch of rent-a-mob thugs who are trying to suppress free speech.
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