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Ousted MP Stephen Lloyd says he can't accept money from supporters to pay his mortgage

Supporters of former MP Stephen Lloyd have offered to pay off his mortgage to keep him in the running for the next general election.

The Lib Dem was defeated by the Tories in last week's battle for Eastbourne and says he now needs to find a job to keep his home. He's declined the money, saying it would be better to donate it to the local hospital campaign.

Stephen Lloyd, ex MP, who says he's got a massive mortgage Credit: PA Images

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Nigel Farage attacked by senior UKIP colleague

UKIP's economics spokesman Patrick O'Flynn blew open simmering tensions within the party in an interview with The Times, saying Mr Farage was no longer the "cheerful, ebullient, cheeky, daring" politician of recent times.

Mr O'Flynn said the UKIP leader's behaviour risked the party being seen as an "absolute monarchy" and blamed Mr Farage's "aggressive" and "inexperienced" advisers.

He called for Mr Farage, who lives in Kent, to adopt a "much more consultative and consensual leadership style".

Mr O'Flynn's comments come after Mr Farage was widely mocked for resigning as leader after failing to win the South Thanet seat he stood for in the General Election, only to be reinstated three days later after the party's National Executive Committee rejected his resignation.

Nigel Farage finding out he had failed in his bid to get elected in South Thanet last week Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Kent Police investigate ballot box tampering claims

Kent Police have confirmed that they are investigating allegations that ballot boxes may have been tampered with, in what was one of the highest profile election battles in the country last week.

Last Friday morning, Nigel Farage was defeated in his attempt to become an MP in South Thanet for UKIP. He lost to the Conservative candidate by more than 2,800 votes.

But after claims that ballot boxes were interfered with, Kent Police say they are now conducting enquiries into electoral fraud in the constituency. Here's our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby.

Kent Police: 'No evidence of electoral fraud so far'

Kent Police clarify electoral fraud allegation over Thanet South election

On Monday 11 May, Kent Police was contacted by a member of the public from outside the county with a concern around election fraud due to speculation on social media in South Thanet. Initial enquiries by officers have been carried out and so far no evidence of electoral fraud has been found.

– Kent Police spokesperson

'We are not under investigation for election fraud'

Thanet District Council responds to the news that police are investigating an allegation of electoral fraud

A single complaint has been lodged with Kent Police by a member of the public, from outside of the county, with concerns around the Thanet Parliamentary election - following speculation on social media. Kent Police has an obligation to follow up this complaint. Thanet District Council is not under investigation for election fraud. The council’s Returning Officer is satisfied that the correct processes were followed and a member of the Electoral Commission was present at the election in Thanet.

In response to the speculation on social media: Thanet’s parliamentary boundary is larger than the district boundary – extending into the Canterbury and Dover area so comparing the parliamentary and district election results is misleading. There were no lost or stolen ballot papers.

– Thanet District Council spokesperson

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Electoral fraud allegation in constituency Farage lost

Counting for the Thanet South seat in the General Election

Kent Police have confirmed that they are looking into an allegation of electoral fraud in the Thanet South constituency seat.

The leader of UKIP Nigel Farage temporarily resigned as party head over the weekend after he failed to win the seat. Instead, Craig Mackinlay, a Conservative became the Thanet South MP after last Thursday's General Election. He won 18,838 votes compared to Mr Farage's 16,026.

UKIP took control of Thanet District Council in following the local elections counton Saturday.

"Kent Police has received a report of electoral fraud. Inquiries are ongoing."

– Kent Police spokesperson

Nigel Farage's 'tears' reach £65k on eBay

The listing appeared on the site yesterday but has since been taken down Credit: eBay

Farage's short-lived resignation sparked this unusual listing on eBay - a jar of the UKIP leader's tears priced at £65,800.

And it seems that there's many people that would like to own his tears - with the item racking up 72 bids in one day.

"You are bidding for a jar of the tears that Ukip leader Nigel Farage cried after hearing that he didn’t win a seat in the UK general election. You will not have tasted tears this delicious before. These are premium grade top shelf tears provided by the creme de la creme of British racist morons. A quick taste test will reveal disappointment, resentment and hopelessness. You can almost taste the moment that his dreams and years of “hard work” were shattered into a million pieces."

– The item description on eBay

Despite the popularity of the item posted by rock band DID on the bidding website, we believe the tears are not actually from the UKIP leader.

The listing on eBay has been removed following the rejection of the UKIP leader's resignation Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Farage persuaded to withdraw resignation over 4m votes

Nigel Farage's offer of resignation was rejected by UKIP members because of the success of his election campaign, according to a statement by the Chairman of UKIP has revealed.

As promised Nigel Farage tendered his official resignation as leader of UKIP to the NEC. This offer was unanimously rejected by the NEC members who produced overwhelmingly evidence that the UKIP membership did not want Nigel to go

The NEC also concluded that UKIP's general election campaign had been a great success. We have fought a positive campaign with a very good manifesto and despite relentless, negative attacks and an astonishing last minute swing to the Conservatives over fear of the SNP, that in these circumstances, 4 million votes was an extraordinary achievement. On that basis Mr Farage withdrew his resignation and will remain leader of UKIP. In addition the NEC recognised that the referendum campaign has already begun this week and we need our best team to fight that campaign led by Nigel. He has therefore been persuaded by the NEC to withdraw his resignation and remains leader of UKIP.

– Steve crowther, Chairman of UKIP
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