It seems that the plucky porker Tom Wise has had a busy weekend with coppers from Bedfordshire police arresting him on suspicion of fraud.
It'll be interesting to see how UKIP respond. Back in October last year, their head of press criticised UKIPwatch for writing a piece on Mr Wise, accusing us of "unsubstantiated mud", while Bob Feal Martinez (who also appears to have a soft spot for this blog) took a swipe and defended Wise's integrity. Now that the press are baying for Wise's blood, UKIP have changed their tune and are frantically trying to disown Wise. But it won't wash, Tom Wise was (along with jailbird and convicted fraudster Ashley Mote) elected as a UKIP MEP in 2004. Even now, UKIP are still more than happy to take membership subs from him. It's unclear how UKIP are going to spin their way out of these scandals at the next European elections, their best bet is presumably to hope that nobody notices.
UKIPwatch also noticed that Wise was released on police bail. Wonder whether the ubiquitous Wise will, true to money-grabbing form, try and put his bail on expenses?