Amateur hour strikes for both Nigel Farage and Sajid Javid
You wait weeks for one spelling gaffe and then two come along at once.
The Ukip election machine was today found wanting when former leader Nigel Farage spoke live from the campaign trail in Sleaford and North Hykeham – and party operatives managed to misspell the name of the constituency.
Ukip are hoping to steal the seat from the Conservatives in this Thursday’s by-election, having chosen the controversial former Tory party member Victoria Ayling as their candidate. She has previously been recorded saying “send the lot back” in reference to immigrants in the UK.
The gaffe is an embarrassment for a party that is attempting to portray itself as a serious and professional force that is worthy of more than just one MP.
But Ukip was not alone today when it came to embarrassing spelling gaffes.
The Department for Communities and Local Government was also caught out as it responded to the new report by Dame Louise Casey which raised the alarm over social integration in the UK and called for more funding for local English language classes.
The department issued a written statement in the name of communities secretary Sajid Javid.
Alas, it appeared on the government website with a major clanger in the headline.
Fortunately, Civil Service World journalist Matt Foster was on hand to point out the irony…