Paul Nuttall elected new leader of UKIP - "There will be one theme - unity - because UNITY breeds success'

Paul Nuttall elected new leader of UKIP - "There will be one theme - unity - because only unity breeds success."

Paul Nuttall elected new leader of UKIP - "There will be one theme - unity - because UNITY breeds success'


Published on Mon, 28/11/2016 - 12:25


Paul Nuttall has been elected leader of the UK Independence Party, replacing Nigel Farage.

 

BBC News HERE.

 

The 39-year-old Member of the European Parliament, who served as UKIP's deputy leader for six years, won 62.6% of support among party members.

He promised to "put the great back into Britain" and force the government to "give us a real Brexit".

Mr Nuttall defeated former deputy chairwoman Suzanne Evans and ex-soldier John Rees-Evans.

It was UKIP's second leadership election this year, previous winner Diane James having quit after 18 days in the role. Mr Farage acted as interim leader while the second leadership race took place.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Nuttall said: "The country needs a strong UKIP more than ever before.

"For if UKIP is to be an electoral force, there will be an impetus on Theresa May and her government to give us a real Brexit."

He added: "I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people."

UKIP has been plagued by disputes between senior figures over the summer, with some leaving the party.

But Mr Nuttall said, under his leadership: "There will be one theme - unity - because only unity breeds success."

Mr Nuttall said his first act as leader was to appoint London Assembly Member Peter Whittle as his deputy.

 

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