Inside UKIP’s spring conference: Racist jokes, boozed-up delegates and champagne boasts on board £1m yacht

The party’s leader clapped as Paul ­Eastwood took swipes at Indians,  Muslims and Poles at a gala dinner marking the climax of its spring  conference.

Referring to the Olympics, he told guests: “Poland did well. They took home  bronze, silver, gold, lead, copper – anything they could get their hands  on.”

To claps and cheers he went on: “Team Somalia – they did well, didn’t they?  They had to apologise. Didn’t realise sailing and shooting were two different  events.”

Eastwood then asked: “Any Midlands people here? Wonderful! My favourite  accent is a Midlands accent.”

He then attempted an impression of an Asian voice. Eastwood chanted an  Islamic call to prayer, mocking it as a “traditional Midlands folk song”.

The scenes were witnessed by Sunday Mirror investigators who joined 200 guests at the  £35-a-head black-tie feast. The dinner was a chance for delegates, donors and  officials to mingle after the day-long ­conference in Torquay, Devon.

Earlier our reporters were invited to an exclusive boozy bash on a £1million yacht.

We listened as a UKIP backer claimed Essex was “full of Arabs”.

He complained that people in East London were ­impossible to understand.  Our team was also told UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall “failed to prepare” for  his keynote speech – and had to be helped by an “incredibly hungover” young  adviser who had been drinking until the early hours.

The conference highlight for many guests was the boozy dinner where  ­Eastwood cracked his offensive jokes.

Despite initially moaning about “bloody political correctness” and claiming:  “I’m under strict instructions about what I can and can’t say tonight”, he  rattled off a 45-minute routine littered with stereotypes and tasteless  gags.

Applauded: Paul Eastwood made jibes about race 

Guests guzzled £39 bottles of Taittinger champagne as the comedian told an  old gag about a lazy Slovakian cleaner and a bad-taste joke about a Muslim  butcher.

Eastwood told three Asian women at the party, held at the Riviera  International ­Conference Centre in Torquay, that they “looked a little bit  lost”.

In farcical scenes his stand-up routine was interrupted when a guest passed  out at a table where deputy leader Paul Nuttall was sitting.

Nuttall later told our team the guest was “s***-faced”, adding that the diner  had been “drinking since 1pm”.

Other guests had been drinking for more than 12 hours by the time they headed  for their hotels early today.

Earlier, rising star Sean Howlett, 21, invited our undercover female reporter  to a reception on board an 80ft motor cruiser which was docked at Torquay  Marina.

Those on board the “777” boat spent two hours being wined and dined with a  ­sumptuous spread of sushi, prawn ­sandwiches and Italian cold  meats.

Soon empty champagne bottles lined the cabin where self-proclaimed party  “fixer” Howlett tucked into a trifle and said of parts of Essex: “I’ve been  there twice in my life, twice too many.” He also claimed the county had “a lot  of Arabs”.

Removing his glasses he explained there were also “a lot of Afghans”. When it  was suggested many were refugees he quipped: “Depends what you mean by a  refugee.”

He slated Ilford, a working-class part of East London which UKIP has  targeted, claiming residents’ accents made it hard to hold a conversation.

He mocked: “You won’t understand what they’re saying.”

 UKIP conference in Torquay
Bragging: Howlett on yacht

Clutching a glass of chilled white wine, Howlett then explained why Nuttall –  seen as his  party’s “Northern voice” to highlight its appeal to those outside its  ­traditional South of England territory – wasn’t on the boat.

“As a Liverpudlian working-class man – Paul Nuttall, deputy leader of UKIP  and member of the European Parliament for the North West – he was meant to head  this,” said keen-to-impress Howlett.

“If the Press photographed him on a yacht with ­champagne in the  ­background they would say, ‘fake working-class man pretending to stand up  for the people’.

“They would’ve destroyed him. So he had to bail out. I told Paul to bail  out.”

Glugging chardonnay, financial adviser Howlett boasted to the 777’s captain  of his role in the party: “I’m a member and I assist our shadow chancellor  Steven Woolfe.

“He’s a very good friend of mine. It’s a massive bonus I work in financial  services. I’m a massive asset to him – not to blow my own trumpet!”

He also revealed how he helped the deputy leader pen his conference speech –  despite Howlett propping up the hotel bar until the early hours of Friday.

“I was incredibly hungover,” he admitted. The deputy leader, Paul Nuttall –  he ­basically failed to prepare.”

Howlett arrogantly claimed he and his pal, ­UKIP supporter Dan Jukes, 18,  would win Commons seats within a decade. Patting Jukes’ shoulder, Howlett said:  “He will be elected to Parliament. In 10 years’ time he will be an MP.”

Howlett said he aimed to run for the North East Hertfordshire seat, crowing:  “I’m going to stand for Parliament in 2015 but I won’t win. I’ll come a good  second.”

During his alcohol-drenched day and evening he boasted of his role in  securing a £500,000 donation to UKIP from a rich finance chief.

Gary Robinson, who stood for Parliament in 2010, told our reporter his home  town Wigan was “not nice” but that he lived in a “posh  area”.

From The Mirror Online . Report by Ben  Glaze and Francesca  Cookney . 01.03.14

Liveraf Comment. Jeez, what a bunch of chinless wonders. The BNP in blazers? Champagne fascists more like it.

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