Jonathan James Wood to Stand for UKIP Leader
Wood, 17, declared his intention to stand in the hotly contested race Monday 3rd July, saying “Everyone seems to be throwing their hat in the ring at the moment so I thought I’d give it a go”.
Wood is expected to release his manifesto in the coming days but he has announced his flagship policies already. These include restrictions on phone typing volumes on public transport “to combat public stress levels”. Wood has also pledged to replace the party’s ruling National Executive Committee (NEC) with a “Clown Patrol”, although there is speculation this may have been light-hearted. Wood is strongly pro-business and pro-low taxes and has called for lowering income tax for all earners, reducing corporation tax to 12% and giving more support to people trying to start businesses by scrapping national insurance contributions for the first two years.
Wood has also received some very high-profile endorsements, including Alan Hope, the ex-leader of Monster Raving Looney Party who is now officially a member of UKIP.
In addition to this rather random endorsement, Jonathan has the backing of Nigel Farage, the party’s three-time leader who is widely regarded as the most popular figure in the party, behind Wood himself. He has also received a very enviable endorsement from the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, who posted a tweet endorsing Wood on his Twitter.
Mainstream media news reporters acted surprised at Wood’s shock announcement yesterday (pictured: Sophy Ridge, Sky News as the news broke).
Early polling suggests a marginal lead for Jonathan in the race, above even David Kurten and Peter Whittle, who are widely considered the frontrunners.
His campaign slogan is ‘Hard for Wood” and he is encouraging his supporters to take to social media with the hashtag “#hardforwood”, a phrase that has been ridiculed by some and hailed by others within the party.