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Ukip selects Roger Helmer as candidate for Newark by-election

6 May 2014

As expected, Ukip has announced that Roger Helmer will be the party’s candidate for the upcoming Newark by-election on 5 June. The 70-year-old MEP is a former Conservative who defected to Ukip two years ago, citing an ‘increasing disillusion with the attitudes of the Conservative Party’. Farage said of Helmer’s selection this afternoon:

‘He is a massively experienced and respected figure on the national political stage and on the local political stage as well. I know that the UKIP membership will rally to the cause of making Roger our first directly elected MP.’

Helmer is a colourful character, whose past remarks will be undoubtedly dug up by his opponents in Newark. Just last week, he was featured in the Sun for arguing that some people find homosexuality ‘distasteful if not viscerally repugnant’. In the past, Helmer has been in the soup for his remarks on rape, speeding on motorways, the Church of England and the NHS.


One of his pet hates are wind turbines, which will be a strong topic for Helmer in this by-election as 13 wind turbines are planned for an ex-RAF field in the area. Helmer has already been reselected to stand for as an MEP for the East Midlands, so the campaign in Newark will distract from that somewhat.

It appears Newark will now be a battle between the traditional conservative Helmer and the modern Tory Robert Jenrick. Despite the choice of a high profile candidate with strong views, it’s still unlikely Ukip will take the seat.

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  • Denis_Cooper

    Kenneth Clarke is a white male born in July 1940. Therefore he will soon be 74.
    He is an MP and a minister without portfolio who attends cabinet meetings. Last September the Tory executive committee in the Nottinghamshire constituency of Rushcliffe, adjacent to Newark, once again unquestioningly adopted Clarke as the Tory candidate for the next general election. If successfully elected, he will heading for the ripe old age of 80 by the end of the next Parliament.

    Now, what were you saying about Roger Helmer?

    • HookesLaw

      Clarke has actually acchieved something over those years and he was selected as an MP when he was much much younger.
      UKIP select a bigoted old white man for a by election. Big surprise there.

      • Denis_Cooper

        Yes, straight from university, and most of what Clarke has achieved over half a century in politics has been directed to subjugating us in a pan-European federation. ERM, any one? He actually started out sympathising with Labour, maybe he should have stuck with that. Meanwhile, before entering politics in 1999 the old white man selected by UKIP as their candidate in Newark actually had a long career in industry rather than in betraying his country.

        • HookesLaw

          You are entitled not to like someone’s politics, but you cannot deny that Clarke was elected as an MP as a young man. He did not enter parliament straight from university – he was 30. He was a lawyer. The tories did not turn to an old fogey. (I am an old fogey BTW and have seen endless nutters like Helmer come and go. Tony Benn for one)

          • Denis_Cooper

            He first attempted to get elected in 1964, almost immediately after university, age 24; he’d got an upper second in law at Cambridge, which should have been enough for him to know exactly what he was doing when he helped Heath to get the European Communities Bill through the Commons; meanwhile Helmer was actually doing something useful in the economy, not selling us out; and the Tory committee in Rushcliffe has indeed decided to stick with this “old fogey”, and traitor to boot, for another Parliament.

  • Lady Magdalene

    I wonder how many so-called “phobic” comments made by Mr Helmer a long time ago will be dredged up by the MSM and how many of them will have been made when he was an elected Conservative representative?
    Or perhaps Lynton and chums in the MSM have learned: the smears don’t work.

    • HookesLaw

      ‘so called’?

      Clearly Farage does not want anyone elected to parliament before he gaes a chance.
      …. they work for you. And to think some people think UKIP are looking after British interests in the EU.

      Helmer fell out with Warsi because she did not like the man who he wanted as his MEP successor. Turns out the guy had ‘published numerous books on ghosts, UFOs and aliens and teaches a university course on the paranormal.’

      That makes him ideal kipper material.

      We can understand the tories not liking Matthews when we learn of a book ‘Britain – A Post Political Correctness Society by Bill Etheridge, published by one Rupert Matthews’ It had a golliwog on the cover.

      It turns out that Etheridge and his wife were then forced to leave the Conservative Party after posing with golliwogs on Facebook. They have since joined UKIP.

      • Denis_Cooper

        So how come the Tories had even put that undesirable man on its list of candidates for the East Midlands, let alone so high on the list?

        Don’t you think the Tories should be more careful about who they select as candidates?

        Oh, and look, from your link:

        “Tory MPs have accused Lady Warsi of wanting to block Mr Matthew’s appointment so she could parachute an approved A list candidate – preferably a woman – into the seat.”

        • HookesLaw

          Matthews may be a nice chap who knows, although he seems skeptical about the EU but nothing else. Matthews was on the list historically then published a book by a couple of nutters who put a golliwog on the cover. Ooops – quelle surprise that they then have second thoughts.
          This is the point of course – they did have second thoughts. UKIP is on the other hand full of nutters. I am sure you get on well with them all.

          • Denis_Cooper

            Pathetic excuses. The question of whether or not he should succeed Helmer as the next available person on the Tory candidates list would never have arisen if the Tories had not put him on their candidates list in the first place.

  • Conway

    I’ve read some of Roger Helmer’s work on energy and it seems eminently sensible. As far as I can remember, he was an engineer, so he’s had a proper job. He’s probably more in touch with people in the real world than Spectator writers.

    • HookesLaw

      An engineer? Wiki says – He started his business career in 1965 with Procter & Gamble in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, going on to hold senior marketing and general management appointments in a range of companies,

      So basically he is a PR man and we know how much kippers like PR men.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        He’s a mathematician, but you socialist Camerluvvies really wouldn’t have a clue about STEM, nor of any sort of real world experience, similar to all of you LibLabCon clones.

  • ArchiePonsonby

    i’ve heard RH speak on Radio Bloke (5 Live) when they still allowed that sort of thing. He is well-spoken, articulate, in command of the facts and with traditional views. Cabinet material in a UKIP government without a doubt. I sincerely hope that he hits the LibLabCon artists for six!

  • swatnan

    UKIP have just thrown it away, rather like Liverpool. its the end of the road for Helmer; at 70, not much of a sacrifice for him. And if by any fluke he does win the Euro seat and the byelection, which will he give up. Nigel should have stood but ran scared.

  • Chris Bond

    Glorious mustache.

    • you_kid

      If that chap is as good as his (non-existent) energy policy then Lord have mercy with the people of Newark.

      • the viceroy’s gin

        …you mean, “non-existent energy”, sorta like the windmills you global warmingist envirowhackos favor?

        • Alexsandr

          yes the windmills that dont work on cold cloudy windless days when you get a winter anticyclone. You could not make it up.

          • the viceroy’s gin

            …no, but you can certainly pay for it all, apparently.

            • HookesLaw

              Its bad news for you when ‘you kid’ can trump your idiot comments.
              UKIP doner wants to make his mint out of windmills.

              • the viceroy’s gin

                Yes, it’s not surprising that you socialist trolls are a team, lad. You Camerloons know your kind, and your global warmingist kookiness, and your windmills.

                That’s why Call Me Dave’s socialist head is headed for a spike.

          • you_kid

            What windmills? Tim Congdon windmills?

            What would Earl Dartmouth think of all this? Is he not a SITTING UKIP MEP and standing for re-election in the South West? Hilarious! UKIP folk thrive on windmills!

            • the viceroy’s gin

              …the socialist envirowhacko windmills, lad. The ones you greenie socialist nutters go weak in the knees and swoon over.

              Those windmills. The stupid, uneconomical windmills. The envirowhacko wet dream windmills.

  • Jikli

    No!!!!! Helmer is totally the wrong candidate for a high profile by-election
    Helmer is a walking MSM UKIP stereotype: White, elderly, controversial, former Tory

    UKIP members wanted Lizzy Vaid: young Anglo-Indian, female, intelligent and well spoken. She would have neutered any MSM smears about sexism or racism….

    Sorry Nigel, we will lose this one badly now!

  • Alexsandr

    just been looking at the nominations for our local council elections. its always been a limp dem/tory fight here. but UKIP are in about half the seats. Hope they do well cos the tories here are dire.

  • ohforheavensake

    OK. Either they’re stupid or they don’t expect to win.

    • Jikli

      Helmer is the 3rd senior UKIP politician,

      I imagine he has pulled rank on more suitable UKIP candidates like Lizzy Vaid or Suzanne Evans

      But on your first point you might be correct

  • @PhilKean1

    A colourful character. Decent and patriotic.

    I know that Roger will give it his all. And all lovers of what Britain could be should get behind him.

    After all, he made a serious sacrifice leaving what was once the Conservative Party. And he did it for the most honourable of intentions.

    Because he isn’t fighting to win the seat for himself. No, he wants to win the seat so he can return power back to the British people.

  • Doggie Roussel

    Good luck, Roger Helmer …. go and stick it right up the lickspittle MSM…

  • Denis_Cooper

    “As expected …”

    You didn’t read it here first …

    • the viceroy’s gin

      This particular Speccie kid seems to spend most of his time fantasizing about politics, if you notice, with long and windy posts complete with imaginary pie charts and fantasy candidacies, all subscribed to political parties with which he has no connection whatsoever, and no experience to substitute for such.

      But he’s worth a chuckle now and again, I must admit. And re UKIP’s recruiting efforts, he seems to be one of their most useful idiots, as somebody else mentioned.

      • Grey Wolf

        Agree with everything you have said.
        Speccie should give Payne more space!

    • Smithersjones2013

      Well I certainly suggested it on the thread about whether Farage would stand.

  • EarlPChandler

    One of his pet hates are wind turbines, which will be a strong topic for Helmer in this by-election as 13 wind turbines are planned for an ex-RAF field in the area. Helmer has already been reselected to stand for as an MEP for the East Midlands, so the campaign in Newark will distract from that somewhat.

    • Alexsandr

      not sure thats the right link.

  • John Dalton

    So that’s an instant dismissal from the Spec then! I’d imagine there are a lot of people who would relish seeing a “modern” conservative go up against a “traditional” one – and I hope it proves how empty, vacuous and wrong-headed the trendy, right-on obsessions of the Cameroonians are and just how much they have alienated the grass roots. Good luck to you, Mr Helmer!

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