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Ukip deputy leader Paul Nuttall urges party to 'do away with in-fighting'

Published 05/07/2016

Paul Nuttall is seen as one of the favourites to replace Nigel Farage
Paul Nuttall is seen as one of the favourites to replace Nigel Farage

Ukip needs to put its in-fighting behind it, the party's deputy leader has warned.

MEP Paul Nuttall, who is seen as one of the favourites to replace outgoing leader Nigel Farage, insisted the party needs to come together to take advantage of the internal strife rocking Labour.

Ukip's sole MP Douglas Carswell has a history of tension with Mr Farage, and the party has been dogged by a number of public spats over its policies and political messaging.

"If Ukip is going to move forward and make a success of itself, then we have to do away with the in-fighting.

"We have to come together. Unity is the key," Mr Nuttall told BBC Radio Four's Today programme.

Mr Nuttall insisted Ukip was needed to prevent the Government "back-sliding" on Brexit.

The deputy leader also stressed Ukip should target disgruntled Labour supporters.

"There is now a clear disconnect between the Labour Party voters and the Labour parliamentary party and I think that is something we can benefit from," he said.

Ukip chairman Steve Crowther announced that he is stepping down from the role, with Paul Oakden appointed as a temporary replacement until the new leader is chosen in September.

Mr Crowther said he had given notice some time ago that he would resign in July regardless of the referendum result.

The party's National Executive Committee received his resignation and approved Mr Farage's appointment of Mr Oakden at a meeting on Monday.

Paying tribute to Mr Farage, Mr Crowther said: " It has been an enormous privilege to serve one of the towering political figures of our age, and play a small part in the Brexit win.

"I will now return to the party's grassroots and do what I can to help rebuild the public's confidence in our country's future, which has been seriously damaged by the destructive narratives of the Remain campaign."

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