Paul Nuttall elected new Ukip leader as party braces for post-Brexit politics

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Paul Nuttall.

AFTER the second leadership election in a matter of months, Ukip have voted for a party chief with the majority of members choosing Paul Nuttall to pilot the post-Brexit political landscape. 

Nuttall, the MEP for north-west England and former deputy leader, thrashed the competition, taking 62.6% of the votes, compared to second-placed Suzanne Evans who cobbled together 19.3%.

“I want to replace the Labour party and make Ukip the patriotic party of the UK.” said Nuttall in his acceptance speech, in which he also called for party unity following a tumultuous period, and pledged to hold the Tories’ toes to the fire over Brexit. 

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Less than 16,000 people voted in the contest, which was precipitated by the resignation after Diane James quit as leader in October just 18 days into the role. 

The evergreen Nigel Farage was back home to officially hand over the torch to the 39-year-old from Bootle, Merseyside, who supports Gibraltar having its own MP, supports fox-hunting, opposes abortion, opposes wind farms, and believes global warming is a fiction.

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