UKIP axes manifesto chief

In the latest anonymous briefing to the national press from a Farage aide, Tim Aker, the party’s manifesto chief is smeared as ‘selfish’ and lightweight.

by the commentator on 20 January 2015 10:44

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Tim Aker, the high flying UKIP MEP has been sacked as policy chief after failing to deliver the party’s manifesto within deadline, according to a report in The Times.

It is understood that several key figures raised concerns with the party leadership that Mr Aker was running behind schedule with the document. Party members have expressed anger that the critical manifesto may not be ready for publication in time, forcing Deputy Chairwoman Suzanne Evans to step in and clear up the mess.

In a highly personal briefing from an anonymous UKIP aide, Mr Aker is criticised for being intellectually lightweight and ‘selfish’. “There are many of us that are more than a little angry about this,” said the aide.

The toxic article is thought to undermine the 29 year old’s chances of succeeding Nigel Farage as UKIP leader and is the latest in a chain of anonymous negative briefings to hit the national press.

In recent months, a spate of infighting has rocked the UKIP leadership, with potential leader in waiting Roger Bird forced out despite being cleared of a sex scandal. Matthew Richardson, a high-flying city barrister, also tipped as a successor to Mr Farage found himself smeared over the national press after internal minutes were leaked to the The Mirror. 

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