UKIP’s new leader is called Richard Braine and the jokes just wrote themselves

You could be forgiven for not realising that an all-but-dead party with no MPs, no MEPs and very few councillors was holding a leadership election, so when UKIP announced its new head, it took most of us by surprise. The first surprise was that they were bothering to go through the motions, and the second surprise was the name of the winning candidate.

Really? They don’t have enough for people to take the piss out of? Anyway, that’s what people did, and these were our eleven favourites.

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BBC journalist, Pádraig Belton, told us the cautionary tale behind the announcement.

Richard Braine image courtesy of BBC

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