UKIP: Bill Etheridge says he should be leader despite criticism over Hitler comments

UKIP: Bill Etheridge on why he should be the next leader

Bill Etheridge (Getty)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Bill Etheridge has told listeners why he should be the next leader of UKIP.  

The MEP for the West Midlands recently confirmed his leadership bid on the Sunday Politics show on the BBC. 

He was speaking on the Full Set Breakfast Show about the state of the party and the upcoming leadership election.

Etheridge has previously courted controversy for describing Adolf Hitler as "magnetic" in a speech to UKIP's youth wing. Although he also described the former German leader as a montrous tyrant, the comments brought a firestorm of controversy. 

However he now believes he is ready for the leadership and has the conviction to reunite the party after a difficult few weeks.

"What we've got to do is get a grip on the situation and start representing the people who rely on us," he told James Max. "I think it's very important there's someone standing with the core principles of UKIP - direct democracy and liberitarian values. 

"Unless someone else comes forward who's better at doing that than me, I shall carry it forward and fight on for those values."