UKIP leader Nigel Farage cancelled an appearance at the party’s new Thanet North constituency office in Herne Bay at the weekend after his security decided that market stalls outside posed a risk. Mr Farage had been due to visit the town on Saturday morning to open Ukip’s new office in Mortimer Street. However, local party officials were told the parliamentary candidate for neighbouring Thanet South would not be attending due to “security issues” with stalls from the town’s Saturday market. Branch chairman John Moore said:
“Nigel is box office — everyone wants to see him, but the stalls presented an issue for his security. There is no rear access, otherwise they would have brought him through the back of the building. I can only pass on his apologies to everybody on behalf of the local party. We will get him to come down another time, but hopefully next time not on a Saturday when the market stalls are outside.”
Mr Farage’s decision not to attend meant Thanet North candidate Piers Wauchope was left to cut the ribbon on the campaign office by himself. The Ukip leader’s absence also disappointed his Thanet South rival Prophet Zebadiah Abu-Obadiah, leader of the Al-Zebabist Nation of OOOG, who turned out to protest the event.
Herne Bay Times, February 4th 2015