MPs Wade in on UKIP Commons Selection Crisis.

A NUMBER of leading figures have sensationally spoken out following the de-selection of Portsmouth South UKIP candidate Douglas Denny, TBG can reveal.

In an interview with TBG's roving reporter last Friday Portsmouth North Tory MP Penny Mordaunt said - "If you have got a national party picking candidates for a local community then that goes against the ethics my party has. We want people who are going to stand up for their local communities."

Neighbouring Portsmouth South Independent MP Mike Hancock even thinks the move could disillusion voters telling local rag Portsmouth News - "I don't know what this does for the party but I would imagine its good news for everyone else as it gives them something to hit UKIP with."

The hustings for the new selection is now set to take place on December 12th at 7.00pm but TBG understands that the venue is top-secret.

Two emails have been leaked to TBG in the last 24 hours.

The first suggest that Julie Swann is now a "red hot favourite" for Portsmouth South whilst the second suggests UKIP are already planning their celebration party in Rochester and Strood on "Saturday 22nd at the Canal Suite at Lakeside".