Christine Hamilton is, as anybody who has met her will attest, a charming lady. But UKIP members in the South West are not too happy with her at the moment - having had disgraced former Tory Neil Hamilton forced on them, possibly to head the party list in the region in 2014, there are now rumours that Mrs Hamilton will also be standing, probably occupying the slot below him.
Mrs Hamilton has a knack of spending her time with 'colourful' characters. As Christine Holman she was PA to the delightful Gerald Nabarro. Nabarro was never one to pull his punches, and in 1963 during a debate on immigration he asked the question "How would you feel if your daughter wanted to marry a big buck nigger with the prospect of coffee-coloured grandchildren?". In 1971 Nabarro was charged with a serious driving offence, but was acquitted after claiming that his secretary had been driving his car. Neither press nor the public bought the story, however, and his career was ended by the scandal. Chris Huhne take note.
Subsequently, Christine went to work for Micheal Grylls, an MP who was to provide her with a taste of things to come when he was accused of misleading parliament over payments he had taken to introduce commercial clients to senior politicians. The money was taken from the company of Ian Greer, which was to be the catalyst for the fall from grace of Neil Hamilton.
She has also been associated with Harvey Proctor, who infamously was exposed for holding 'spanking sessions' with teenage male prostitutes.
After marrying Neil Hamilton, the couple acquired the collective nickname of 'Mr & Mrs Cash n Carry'. On one occasion they stayed at the Ritz hotel courtesy of Mohammed Fayed, where they once ran up a bill of over £2000 on 'extras' alone.
Junius has touched previously upon the charges faced by the Hamiltons, and the whole ghastly mess need not be discussed in detail again. But given that Neil Hamilton lost his seat to Martin Bell after being exposed in the cash for questions scandal, it is worth leaving the last words to his wife Christine. "If he's corrupt, I'm corrupt", she famously said. Good luck UKIP SW.