THE FORMER MEP who sensationally revealed Nigel Farage’s relationship with his aide three years ago has demanded an apology from him for “vilifying” her.
Ex Ukip representative Nikki Sinclaire had accused Annabelle Fuller of sleeping with the former party leader – but she was called “callous” and “vindictive”.
Yesterday the Mail on Sunday revealed that Ms Fuller, who worked for Mr Farage, said the pair had a “decade-long affair” which was hushed up so it wouldn’t “derail Brexit”.
Ms Sinclaire, who left Ukip in 2010, is demanding a public apology from Mr Farage for accusing her of lying about the affair.
In March 2014 she asked him on the floor of the European Parliament if he thought it was a fair use of taxpayers’ money to employ his wife Kirsten and his “former mistress” Annabelle Fuller.
He replied at the time: “I don’t want to answer that at all” but later said the claims were “cowardly and malicious”.
Both had denied there was an affair – but Fuller said last weekend she had been secretly sleeping with Farage – more than 17 years her senior – from 2005 until October last year.
Today Ms Sinclaire told The Sun: “He vilified me for highlighting this as an issue.
“They said I was being malicious, that I was a liar.
“They said I was abusing my parliamentary privilege.
“They’ve denied it for years, and now she’s admitted to it.
“I am demanding an apology off both Nigel Farage and off Annabel Fuller.”
And Ms Sinclaire says there are still “serious questions” to be answered about Mr Farage employing both his wife and his mistress.
“He makes a habit of sleeping with people he employs,” she said.
Ms Fuller had been working for the Ukip boss as his personal communications officer, and helped on his failed MP election campaign in 2005.
And his wife Kirsten Farage has worked as his secretary.
The ex-aide said the tryst drove her to self harm and suicide attempts and caused her to suffer from PTSD and depression.
Ms Fuller said yesterday: “Right from the beginning, lying about the affair was a strategy we decided on.
“We had many conversations about it, even in the past couple of years. He told me I had to keep quiet. I said to him, ‘Do you have any idea how painful it is for me?’, and he would say ‘Yes’.”
Ms Fuller continued: “Nigel and I both knew we had to keep quiet to save Brexit.
“We are both liars and hypocrites but the reason I had to lie throughout the years was that I didn’t want Ukip or the cause we were fighting for to be damaged.”
Farage split from his wife Kirsten in February and was rumoured to be living with French politician Laure Ferrari.
Farage said in response to the Mail on Sunday’s article: “At the time of Ms Fuller’s employment the party did not know there was a history of mental illness and other serious personal issues.
“I always tried to help her, recognising that she had ability, and prevented her from being fired on several occasions.”
A spokesperson for Nigel Farage declined to comment.
Annabelle Fuller did not respond to a request for comment.
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Heartbroken woman’s screams after neighbour shot her pet pit bull because it ran into his house and ‘came at him’
THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house. The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!” […]
THIS heartbreaking video shows the moment a woman found out her pet pit bull had been shot dead by a neighbour after apparently running into their house.
The woman, who has not been named, can be seen bursting into tears as she holds the dog and wails: “That is my baby! That is my baby!”
A man off-camera can been heard saying: “I had to, he came in the house, he came after me, I’m sorry.”
But the woman argues that the animal, thought to be named Zeus, was “harmless” and had approached the house “with his tail wagging”.
She yells: “You had no reason to shoot him!”
A woman out of the shot is heard saying: “It came to my house and I am very afraid of dogs.”
The owner cries: “You’re going to jail for this,” as she runs over to her dog, who is lying on the front lawn, and begs for someone to call an ambulance.
“He’s still alive, dad,” she shouts to one of the men standing on the porch, who appears to be apologising to the homeowners.
The woman later admits her dog must have slipped off its chain while she was at work before she marches off screaming that the police are on their way.
The footage was uploaded to YouTube last year with the caption: “My dad killed a pitbull with his glock”.
Another clip from the same user was put online the next day and titled: “Part two of my dad killing a pit bull”.
It’s not clear where the footage was filmed, however the people in the video have American accents.
People in the comments section were torn over the situation, as many sided with the homeowner.
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One said: “Why he apologising? Vicious dog came to his private property and he has all rights to protect himself and his family.”
Another said: “A responsible owner wouldn’t have their dog running loose especially if it’s a pit bull”.
But a woman defending the pet owner asked: “Wouldn’t it have been quicker to close the door than search for a gun to shoot the dog?”
Builders’ fury after Hammond threatens to seize land from ‘hoarder’ developers
HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on. The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built. This move prompted outrage from builders […]
HOUSEBUILDERS have hit back at claims they are hoarding land for profit after Philip Hammond warned he would seize plots of lands if they are not built on.
The Chancellor unveiled an inquiry into accusations of land banking as part of his Budget-pledge to ensure more homes are built.
This move prompted outrage from builders who insist the planning system needs to be reformed.
Stewart Baseley, executive chairman of the Home Builders Federation, said: “As has been proved by numerous independent investigations in the past, housebuilders do not land bank.
“Housebuilders have nothing to fear from a review of land banking and if it identifies non-housebuilders sitting on land and brings that forward for development, it would be a positive move.
“Any review should also focus on why so many plots that some suggest are in a ‘land bank’ are mired in the planning system, and identify ways to process them more quickly so they can be built.”
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Between 2006 and 2015, planning permission was given for 2,035,835 homes but just 1,261,350 were built.
Campaigners have accused fat-cat firms of hoarding the land just to push up house prices – pricing needy families out of somewhere to buy.
The urgent review, led by former minister Sir Oliver Letwin, was one of a series of shake-ups ordered by the Chancellor yesterday to speed up building in the housing crisis.
Mr Hammond pledged to increase the number of homes built to 300,000 annually, in what he said will be “the biggest annual increase in housing supply since 1970”.
He also promised to increase the housing sector’s financial support by £15.3billion over the next five years, taking the total to over £44billion.
This figure will include £1.2billion earmarked for the Government to buy land to build more homes, and £2.7billion for infrastructure supporting housing.
Planning rules will also be reformed to encourage better use of land in cities and towns, while also protecting the green belt.
In overcrowded London alone, there are 270,000 residential planning permissions currently unbuilt, Mr Hammond said.
He told MPs of the review: “If it finds that vitally needed land is being withheld from the market for commercial reasons, we will intervene, using direct intervention compulsory purchase powers as necessary.”
He also insisted Theresa May’s vow at Tory conference to make the crisis top priority will be fulfilled.
Mr Hammond said: “The Prime Minister has said we will fix this problem. And no one should doubt this Government’s determination.”
Ministers will also draw up plans to build five new “garden towns” in areas where the demand for homes is greatest, delivered by public- private partnerships attracting cash from around the world.
The proposals include the construction of a million new houses between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge and the new town of Milton Keynes.
The Chancellor also set up a new mega quango to deliver on his housing blueprint by expanding the Homes and Communities Agency and turning it into Homes England.
The strong body will help councils enforce the Government’s yearly housing target by 2025 by “bringing together money, expertise, and planning powers”, he said.
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But Mr Hammond faced criticism his housing package ducked away from major solutions.
One was Mrs May’s refusal to look again at building on green belt. Changes only apply to land in towns.
Shelter chief Polly Neate said: “The new 300,000 housing supply target is an important commitment which we welcome.”
Young woman dies after ‘falling out of a second-storey window while taking a selfie’ in London
A YOUNG woman has died after reportedly falling out of a second storey window while trying to take a selfie. But the “beautiful” Toni Kelly gave the final gift of life after her organs were donated to help save other lives in the UK, with friends saying she had been on life support for a […]
A YOUNG woman has died after reportedly falling out of a second storey window while trying to take a selfie.
But the “beautiful” Toni Kelly gave the final gift of life after her organs were donated to help save other lives in the UK, with friends saying she had been on life support for a week before she tragically passed away.
Unconfirmed reports from the Daily Mail suggested that the young woman had been trying to take a photo of herself, but this has not been confirmed by her family or authorities.
The young woman is understood to have only moved to Britain this year, with her family now raising funds to bring her body home after the “tragic accident”.
In the tribute fundraising page for Toni, friends said: “Toni was a young, happy and beautiful girl who has had a tragic accident while living overseas in London.
“Unfortunately Toni has sadly passed away due to her injuries. In her death Toni’s organs have been donated to help save other lives in the UK.”
Friends have since paid tribute to the young woman, with her family, of Whangarei, on New Zealand’s north island, having rushed to London to be by her side.
A friend wrote: “This is the most emotional draining and distressing time for any family to go through.”
Grieving sister Stacey also shared a photograph of herself with Toni, with the caption simply reading: “Always”.
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Friend Paige Hourigan told Daily Mail Australia how Toni was “a beautiful girl”.
She said: “I remember just laughing and giggling with her all the time about nothing. She was a beautiful girl that will definitely always be remembered, especially for that smile.”
Others wrote tributes to the young woman, with one saying: “Words aren’t enough to express our sadness for all of you. Dearest thoughts are with you all.”
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