After announcing that of Mr Sushil Patel, father of Tory back bench MP Priti Patel, as a UKIP candidate in the forthcoming local elections, it all seemed to fall apart.

Having the father of a Conservative MP standing for them is a major coup for UKIP, but within a couple of hours a party spokesman told the Sun newspaper that he had stood down.

This of course got tongues wagging that Mr Patel's daughter had warned him off.

But UKIP has now issued a press release to tidy the situation up:

'Mr. Patel remains the UKIP candidate for the Bushey South Division in the Hertfordshire County Council elections.

He is currently convalescing from a recent serious operation and is unable to conduct any further interviews.

Mr. Patel said,  “I am proud of being a UKIP candidate and very proud of the achievements of my daughter who represents the people of Witham in an exemplarily fashion.  My views are my own and I am astonished that there has been quite so much interest in my candidacy”.'

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