The Ukip leader was forced to defend the decision to employ his non-UK spouse while launching a poster campaign in Sheffield warning unemployed Europeans were “after” people’s jobs in this country. He claimed that “nobody else could do that job”, earning “a very modest salary for working extremely unsociable hours”.
But a fake advert for a similar role placed by the Xpat Jobs agency on its website attracted 764 applications in just 12 hours – 649 of them from UK nationals. Headed “PA Wanted For Top European Politician”, it stipulated that applicants “must be able to work long and some unsociable hours” and described the pay as “modest”. It identified the employer as Ukip, which it described as “a Eurosceptic right-wing populist political party”.