BREAKING NEWS: Nigel Farage Quits UKIP
Nigel Farage has announced he is no longer a member of UKIP. Speaking simultaneously on LBC at the same time as an article was published in the Daily Telegraph he said that he had made the decision with a “heavy heart”.
Farage, who led UKIP between 2006 and 2009 and then between 2010 and 2016, was a founder member of the party like current leader Gerard Batten.
Announcing his decision on LBC, he said: “Over the course of the last few months, he seems to be pretty obsessed with Islam. Ukip wasn’t founded to be a party based on fighting a religious crusade.
“He’s also obsessed with this figure called Tommy Robinson, who is seen by some to be a great hero standing up and fighting for working class people, but who has a pretty suspect record – and who brings with him a group of people amongst which we see scuffles, violence. Many have criminal records, some pretty serious.
“All of it has been dragging Ukip away from an electoral party into a party of street activism.”
He wrote in the Telegraph that under Gerard Batten’s leadership, the Party had “changed fundamentally”: “Analysis of weekly local council by-elections up and down the country shows that Ukip now fields very few candidates. Worse still, many of our very best organisers and activists on the ground have resigned their positions. This means we no longer have a professional campaigning team. The party of elections is quickly becoming a party of street activism, with our members being urged to attend marches rather than taking the fight to the ballot box.”
He continued to say that he believed Tommy Robinson was “unsuitable” to be involved in any political Party. He said that the march against Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement “was the most ill-judged political event I have ever been aware of in British politics”.
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