Farage's comms man Heaver departs for new venture as Jukes steps up

Michael Heaver, who has been Nigel Farage's media aide for the past 18 months, is moving on and will be succeeded by a junior colleague.

Dan Jukes will take over the role as the MEP's press officer on 1 January. Jukes will retain his existing responsibilities for Nigel's digital output.

Heaver is moving on to what a press release from Jukes calls "an exciting new project", believed to be a start-up agency of some form. Heaver said he would provide more details in the new year.

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Heaver, who previously chaired UKIP's youth arm Young Independence, said: "It has been an absolute honour and privilege to work for a man who has changed the face of politics in the UK and beyond. Without Nigel, Brexit would never have happened. Nigel is a true giant of global politics and I wish him all the best as he continues to battle for Britain."

Farage thanked Heaver for his work, and wished him "every success going forward".

In 2013, the then 16-year-old Jukes was reported by a local newspaper to have performed a rap at the party's conference, in which he addressed Labour leader Ed Miliband with the lines: "Why can’t your party win the south? Because no common sense comes out of your mouth."

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