Britain’s UKIP names Paul Nuttall MEP to succeed Nigel Farage …..reports Asian Lite News
Member of European Parliament Paul Nuttall was named on Monday as the new leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), one of Britain’s major political parties.
Three contenders battled for the top job to take over from interim leader Nigel Farage, one of the founders of the UKIP which was set up 23 years ago to campaign for Britain to leave the EU.
Nuttall, from Liverpool, won almost 63 per cent of the votes among UKIP members, beating the other two competitors.
In his inaugural speech Mr Nuttall targetted Labour.
“Today the Labour Party has ceased to speak the language or address the issues of working people,” he said. “I want to replace the Labour Party,” he said.
“They have a leader who will not sing the national anthem, a shadow chancellor who seems to admire the IRA more than he does the British Army, a shadow foreign secretary who sneers at the English flag and a shadow home secretary who seems to advocate unlimited immigration.”
Ahead of the result being announced, Farage said without UKIP there would have been no referendum in June when 52 per cent of Britons voted to leave the EU.
Nuttall pledged to continue UKIP’s fight to ensure that the government stuck to its pledge that Brexit means Brexit, leading to Britain leaving the European Union.
He also vowed to re-unite the party after a string of internal infighting that has led to a number of resignations from its national executive.
Nuttall described the leadership contest as a new beginning for UKIP.
At the party’s annual autumn conference, both Nuttall and Farage stood down as deputy leader and leader respectively.
Nuttall decided to bid for leader, saying he wanted to end the internal warring within the party to complete the job of ensuring Britain leaves the EU.
Nuttall and Farage are MEPs, with both saying they will continue to serve in Brussels.
In September, the UKIP elected Diana James as Farage’s successor, but she quit after just 18 days in office, saying she had not had the support needed to do the job.
“Now on their third leader in as many months, UKIP are too divided, distracted and incompetent to offer any serious solutions for the people of Britain,” says a Conservative Party spokesman.
“After a leadership contest, which the winner himself has described as ‘completely shambolic’ we’ve seen brawls and squabbling – but nothing about the issues facing ordinary working people.
“It’s the Conservative Party which held a referendum and is now delivering on the people’s verdict. We will deliver Brexit and more control on immigration – while UKIP continue to squabble on the sidelines.”
Labour MP Stephen Kinnock, speaking on behalf of the pro-EU Open Britain campaign also reacted to Nuttal’s victory by accusing the new Ukip leader of wanting to “privatise our NHS”.
“He calls himself patriotic, but has a history of making pro-Russian comments. He talks about unity, but has spent his career stirring up division in our communities,” Kinnock said.
“Paul Nuttall will use his leadership to fight for a hard Brexit that would put jobs, growth and living standards at risk. The best outcome for working people would be to reject UKIP’s politics of division, and unite behind a progressive vision for our country that retains our unfettered access to the Single Market.”
Please see the video to view Nutall’s stand on NHS