‘FARAGE BLAST’ MEP STEPS DOWN
UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn has stepped down as the party’s economic spokesman and apologised to leader Nigel Farage for publicly calling him “snarling, thin-skinned and aggressive”.
The former journalist told colleagues he felt “sincere regret” for his hard-hitting newspaper interview amid controversy within the ranks over Mr Farage continuing in his role despite promising to quit if he failed to win a Commons seat.
After Mr Farage said he was resigning, the party’s executive rejected it.
Mr O’Flynn’s comments led to open party warfare, with several senior Ukip figures calling for Mr Farage to stand down, while others lined up to defend him and two key officials lost their jobs.
Mr O’Flynn said:
“I express my sincere regret at going public with my frustrations about the turn of events following polling day.
“And more than that, I would like to apologise directly to Nigel for the phrase ‘snarling, thinskinned and aggressive’.
“This is not what I think of him. But I think it appropriate to stand down as economic spokesman, which I have done.”