Ukip’s highs and lows

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Following the recent turmoil in Portsmouth’s Ukip party, below is a list of the party’s highs and lows.

As reported, trouble has arisen over the election of Ukip’s Portsmouth South chairman Paul Lovegrove, pictured, on January 12, who has a criminal record for violent crimes.

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Video shows reporter Kimberley Barber explaining Mr Lovegrove’s decision to speak out about his past.

May 2014: Ukip celebrates success in the local elections, winning political seats across the Portsmouth area and gaining positions in six of the city’s 14 wards.

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says constituents are looking for ‘a new kind of politics’.

October 5, 2014: Ukip’s by-election victory in Clacton is hailed by members of its Portsmouth party as a ‘historic moment’ in British politics.

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November 5, 2014: Douglas Denny is de-selected as Ukip’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Portsmouth South following a decision by the party’s national executive committee.

November 8, 2014: Mr Denny says the party was ‘immoral’ over its handling of the affair.

November 22, 2014: Ukip leader Nigel Farage reveals to The News the party hierarchy is gearing up to take over all of the Portsmouth region’s political seats at the general election and hints Havant and Portsmouth South are particular targets.

December 3, 2014: 40 members of various political parties and concerned residents meet at rally to discuss ways they can fight Ukip.

December 6, 2014: Ukip creates a second party branch in Portsmouth to cope with the volume of people joining.

December 16, 2014: Ukip councillor Paul Godier admits he is behind with his council tax bills and is unable to participate in discussions over Portsmouth City Council’s budget.

January 14, 2015: Ukip councillor Mr Godier quits the party’s Portsmouth branch after claiming he was ‘badly treated’ and given a lack of support in his role. He also claims the party branch is a ‘shambles’ – though other members disagree.

Cllr Godier then becomes an independent councillor.

January 19, 2015: Ukip councillor Chris Wood, parliamentary candidate for Gosport, loses position as deputy leader of the Ukip county council group after just six months in the role.

January 27, 2015: Ukip parliamentary candidate for Fareham, Don Jerrard, quits role after being suspended following his outbursts about the party’s Portsmouth South chairman, Paul Lovegrove.

Mr Jerrard’s campaign manager Bob Ingram, who until recently was the vice chairman of Fareham and Gosport Ukip, quits due to the situation.