After the shocking news yesterday that Paul Sykes was refusing to fund UKIP, it didn't take long for a Kent businessman to come up with the cash.
Alan Bown, who has already dontated £500,000 to UKIP, said on BBC Radio 4's, The World Tonight that he would "continue to fund any shortfall that's necessary through Paul's withdrawing.
"Two hundred thousand pounds would be no problem. I'm not saying I can raise £1 million overnight, but I have a considerable property portfolio and I'm happy to back whatever it takes."
Sources: Gallery News, 6th October 2004, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/3715446.stm