Controversial activist Tommy Robinson has been appointed as a special adviser to UKIP leader, Gerard Batten.
The English Defence League founder will advise the party leader on rape gangs and prison reform, a subject which Mr Batten says Mr Robinson has "great knowledge" about.
Mr Batten said he was "looking forward" to working with his new adviser.
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"I have appointed Tommy Robinson to be a personal special adviser on two subjects which he has great knowledge," he said.
"It is not necessary for him to be a party member in order to assist me in this role."
Nigel Farage. Image: Getty
The appointment has outraged former UKIP leader Nigel Farage, who claimed Mr Batten was taking the party in a "shameful direction".
"Gerard Batten has got this, sort of, fixation with Tommy Robinson and discussing Islam, and dragging UKIP into a direction of effectively being a, sort of, street activist party," he told BBC Radio 4's Today programme.
It is not the first time Mr Robinson has caused upset in the political sphere.
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Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP raised concerns during a Commons meeting about Mr Robinson being invited to the House of Lords for lunch, hosted by Gerard Batten and peer Lord Pearson.
Mr McDonald claimed that that his invitation to the House of Lords "crossed a line".
Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, branded the EDL founder a "loathsome, obnoxious, repellant individual" shortly after Prime Minister's Questions had concluded.