Jeremy Corbyn rebels will give UKIP an open goal by splitting from Labour, says Paul Nuttall

Jeremy Corbyn

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

UKIP leadership contender Paul Nuttall has predicted a split in the Labour party and said this will present an "open goal" for the eurosceptics.

Nuttall, speaking to Julia Hartley-Brewer this morning, said that unlike the "gang of four" who broke away from Labour to form the Social Democratic Party in the 1980s, "you could now have a gang of 150" as MPs who feel disaffected under Jeremy Corbyn seek an alternative.

Nuttall, currently vying to succeed Diane James as UKIP's full-time leader, mapped out his plans for turning UKIP as the "common sense" party which can fill the void created by Labour's move to the left under Mr Corbyn.

He said he believed he was the only candidate in the field who could unite UKIP's warring factions, and suggested Nigel Farage deserved a peerage - in fact, he claimed, David Cameron reneged on a promise to confer such an honour on the UKIP figurehead in 2010. 

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