UKIP’s new boss Richard Braine had a ding-dong with George Osborne after the former Chancellor took the mickey out of his name.
Mr Osborne tweeted after Mr Braine won the leadership race: “The new leader of Ukip is called Mr Dick Braine – really.”
The anti-EU party chief said yesterday: “I’m getting a bit fed up with all this dickbraine stuff. It’s time to change my name to stop the bullying.”
He also had a dig at Mr Osborne, now the editor of the London Evening Standard, who changed his name from Gideon when he was a teenager.
Mr Braine said: “Are my prospects better if I change my christian name to Gideon or George? What do you think George Osborne?”
Meanwhile, Mr Braine landed himself in hot water yesterday by suggesting distribution of the Koran should be limited.
He told Sky News about a potential ban on Muslims’ holy book: “We do have laws against incitement to violence, so we should look into that.
“There’s no question that some people who commit violence are motivated by the scripture.”
Mr Braine – the chairman of Ukip’s West London branch – received 53 per cent of members’ votes, more than double that of his closest rival.
He replaced Gerard Batten, who stood down after the party was wiped out in May’s European elections by former boss Nigel Farage’s new Brexit Party.
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