Whittle Tells UKIP Members: ‘Waters Won’t Be My Deputy’
UKIP leadership challenger and current Deputy Leader of the party Peter Whittle (pictured above) has told the party’s membership that he wishes to make it clear that he definitely won’t be appointing his rival Anne Marie Waters as Deputy Leader if he wins the contest in September.
London Assembly member Whittle was reported to be considering the appointment to ensure he had the support of a wave of new members inspired to join the party by Waters anti-Islam rhetoric.
However, A spokesperson for Whittle has now confirmed he would not make Waters his deputy should he win the leadership.
The spokesperson told the Huffington Post:
‘He’s had no discussion with her. The possibility of that happening is zero.
‘People can be confident that he will not form a leadership team with Anne Marie Waters.’
Waters, who founded the Sharia Watch pressure group, has described Islam as ‘evil’ and a ‘killing machine’, and teamed up with ex- EDL leader Tommy Robinson to form the anti-Islam group Pegida UK.
On Sunday, former Ukip leader Nigel Farage said the party would be ‘finished’ if it becomes an anti-Islam movement.
Speaking to the BBC’s Sunday Politics, Farage said:
‘If UKIP goes down the route of being a party that is anti the religion of Islam, then frankly it’s finished. I don’t think there’s any public appetite for that. There’s some, but it’s tiny in this country. The party would be finished.’
In an interview on the same show Waters, who launched her bid for the Ukip leadership at the end of last month, was asked whether she was ‘anti-Islam’. She replied:
‘I don’t like the religion, no. And the thing is that a lot of people get confused on Islam and all Muslims. A lot of people think Islam equals all Muslims. It does not.
‘The religion, the scriptures and how it’s practised across most of the world, I find quite frankly abhorrent. There are millions of people in this country who think as I do”.
Westmonster Dave is the editor of alt-politics.com