Poor old Michael McGough (pictured above) has had a rough time lately. In the May elections he only got 1% of the vote. This disastrous vote shook him so much that he started to think that he was the PPC for Harlow. He then made matters far worse by putting this in his MEP election address. As you can imagine, Martin Harvey, the chairman for that area was not pleased and quickly made a formal complaint to Piers Merchant, the Returning Officer.
Unfortunately, Michael made himself look even more foolish by failing to correct this error at ANY of the hustings held in the Eastern Region. When challenged by members Michael bravely defended himself by claiming that “he thought” he was the PPC for Harlow. Apparently, he “thought” that he had formally applied for the position. He then “thought” that he had gone to a hustings where he “thought” that members elected him UKIP PPC for Harlow. Confused yet? I know I am.
As Piers quite rightly pointed out in his report: “ I also received complaints about Michael McGough, who, it was claimed, described himself as a UKIP PPC when he was not, thus seriously misleading the voters”.
Any normal party would have immediately removed him from the Eastern Region MEP list for lying to members. However, this is UKIP. Making a false declaration is not a problem as far as Nigel and the NEC are concerned. Why bother with rules and regulations? After all, they not only turned a blind eye to Lord Pearson proposing two MEP candidates but even allowed a non-party member to become Nigel’s running mate in the SE.
Mike, as part of his UKIP election campaign, is currently making a fool of himself on the British Democracy Forum. Mike McGough: its life Jim but not as we know it.