Trump supporter Raheem Kassam was never going to win UKIP election, says Guido Fawkes founder

Raheem Kassam quit earlier today

Monday, October 31, 2016

The founder of political website Guido Fawkes has suggested Raheem Kassam was never going to win the UKIP leadership contest and suggested Suzanne Evans could make the party appear "normal."

Paul Staines told Julia Hartley-Brewer that Kassam, who quit the leadership race this morning, was never going to win the leadership race as he lacks support among the party's MEPs, and believes Paul Nuttall "has it in the bag."

Staines said that, in contrast to the media-friendly Evans, Kassam "sounds like he's come straight out of Texas with guns blazing and shouting on behalf of Trump, which is exactly what he's going off to do next week."

Turning to the future of UKIP, which has suffered a series of crises in recent weeks, Staines said the party could be finished if Britain negotiates a hard Brexit with the European Union, and suggested Nigel Farage "got out at the top" when he resigned as leader.

Listen to the full interview above