New UKIP leader to be announced today

New UKIP leader to be announced today

Paul Nuttall is the favourite for the position, with Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans also standing for the role

Monday, November 28, 2016

UKIP is announce its new leader today.

Former deputy leader Paul Nuttall is the favourite for the role, although Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans also standing for the role.

The leadership battle began after Diane James gave up the post last month, just 18 days after being elected. In her resignation, she said her relationship with UKIP had become "increasingly difficult".

UKIP's figurehead Nigel Farage returned as interim leader following James' resignation but will stand down once the new leader is announced.

The party's only MP, Douglas Carswell, has said he was "excited" about the announcement and hopes it will provide the opportunity to "reset" the party.

In an interview with the Sunday Telegraph, Nuttalll, MEP for North West England MEP, has laid out his plans to target disillusioned Labour voters if he is elected. 

He said: "We have this fantastic opportunity, which we've never had before to this extent, to move into Labour working-class communities and mop up votes.

"You've got a Labour Party whose leader refuses to sing the national anthem, whose shadow foreign secretary sneers at the flag, whose shadow chancellor says nice things about the IRA.

"That isn't going to chime well with working-class people. I think in some of these communities we can replace the Labour Party in the next five years and become the patriotic party of the working people."