Richard North, 08/08/2004  

UKIP's successful attempts to block Kilroy from standing in the Hartlepool by-election have hit the mainstream press. In The Sunday Telegraph today, Deputy Political Editor Melissa Kite reports that UKIP was in disarray after its members had turned on him.

The story is that "senior party members" moved to block Kilroy after claims that he openly flaunted his leadership ambitions. According to one party member, "Keeping Kilroy down has become more important than getting an MP."

Allies of Mr Knapman are reported to "fear that if the 'housewives' choice' succeeds in becoming an MP it would make his leadership aims unstoppable". However, unsaid by the ST, it may be more than just Mr Knapman's allies who have these fears.

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