Paul Nuttall was the leader UKIP should have had all along, says deputy Peter Whittle

'The result of the UKIP leadership election was the one the party always should have had', says Peter Whittle

UKIP deputy leader Peter Whittle

Monday, November 28, 2016

Paul Nuttall should have been UKIP leader all along - but now he's finally in charge, the party should stop fighting.

That's the view of the man Nuttall has appointed as his deputy, Peter Whittle, who spoke to Sam Delaney this afternoon.

Nuttall was named winner of UKIP's leadership election earlier today, succeeding Diane James, who stepped down last month after just 18 days in charge. He said in his acceptance speech: "I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people."

Whittle told Sam Delaney: "We have got now a Labour party which no longer speaks for millions of the people who otherwise would have voted for it.

“We had another leadership election a few months ago. The [result] we had today was the one we really always should have had. He [Nuttall] will make a fantastic leader for us.

"We have really got to professionalise our structure [and] target those particular seats where we stand a good chance."

Listen to the full interview to find out more