A Ukip candidate who branded the women in his town ‘pug ugly’ and whose future with the party is in doubt after he said he ‘felt like stabbing someone’ on Facebook has remarkably won a seat in Basingstoke.
Matthew Ellery, 22, earned a place on Basingstoke and Deane borough council after winning one of two seats in Brighton Hill South, a result that prompted party deputy chairman Neil Hamilton to explain ‘perhaps some women like people talking dirty to them’.
But Ukip appear to be unsure as to whether Mr Ellery is still one of their representatives, after distancing themselves from him following his Facebook gaffe.
In an awkward interview with BBC Berkshire, Ukip councillor Stephen West insisted that Mr Ellery was still a part of Ukip.
‘He’s going to be a Ukip councillor,’ he said. ‘He’s been elected on a Ukip mandate.’
But Ukip party agent Phil Heath interrupted the interview to say ‘nothing’s been decided’.
‘He’s an independent and we’ll see what happens,’ he added.
After Mr Ellery took to Twitter to defend himself, Alan Stone – the Ukip leader on Basingstoke council and the father of the 22-year-old Bournemouth University student – defended his Facebook comments to the Basingstoke Gazette.
‘Bear in mind he is a student and the comments were what you would expect from a student,’ he said.
‘As a lad, he is extremely intelligent.’
The technique of insulting your constituency didn’t work so well for Winston McKenzie, who was not elected after as Ukip councillor of Croydon after branding it ‘a dump’.
24 May 2014 | 10:31 am – Source: metro.co.uk