Paul Nuttall confirmed as new UKIP leader

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paul Nuttall has been confirmed as the new leader of UKIP.

The Liverpudlian's victory was confirmed in a lengthy broadcast by the eurosceptic party this morning. He finished comfortably ahead of rival candidates Suzanne Evans and John Rees-Evans, winning almost 63% of the vote.

Nuttall, MEP for North West England and former deputy to Nigel Farage, had been the favourite to succeed Diane James, who stepped down after just 18 days in charge.

Farage, the party's figurehead, has been in temporary charge since James decided to resign in October.

Since its success in the UK's EU referendum in June, UKIP has endured a torrid period, with the uncertainty sparked by James's resignation exacerbated by the brawl in the European Parliament which left MEP Steven Woolfe in hospital.

However Nuttall has pledged to put an end to the infighting and suggested UKIP can capitalise on the leftward drift of the Labour party and build a core of working-class support.