The Ukip party website has suffered an outage with Twitter users suggesting the party had failed to pay for the domain name.
Fueling the speculation was indie record label Alcopop! Records which claimed to have purchased the domain - just to have it ‘given back to Ukip’ by domain administration site GoDaddy.com
The record label boasted via a series of tweets.
— Alcopop! Records (@ilovealcopop) January 6, 2015
People on Twitter saying this website isn't going to go through. May not (im no expert), but here's the order conf x pic.twitter.com/PG8YxF0BAC — Alcopop! Records (@ilovealcopop) January 6, 2015
So it looks like Go Daddy has sold us the website, but given it back to UKIP.... We'll be back Farage! Sorry guys pic.twitter.com/NZAEq8Cn8v — Alcopop! Records (@ilovealcopop) January 6, 2015
Contrasting with the record label's claims, a Ukip spokesman said: "We have had a technical problem with the website overnight, it is being worked on currently and we will get it back up as soon as possible."
Furthermore, the expiry date for the address listed on Domain Tools is 22 March of 2016.
— Paul Perrin (@pperrin) January 6, 2015
Most likely, the nature of the website outage made it look available for purchase. It remained down at the time of this article's publication.