Ukip's campaign director Neil Hamilton is a "back room boy", Nigel Farage has said, despite the former Tory MP being given a 30 minute speaking slot at the party's spring conference.
Mr Hamilton, was implicated in the 1990s cash for questions scandal. He is thought to be on Ukip's approved list of possible Parliamentary candidates at next year's election - but is not running for a seat in the European Parliament.
Mr Farage said: "He's the back room boy, he's the campaign manager... When it comes to claims from journalists about what he did or did not do, I generally find... I remember being told he was convicted of something, which I don't believe he was."
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