Three MORE resign from Ukip
UKIP was thrown into yet more chaos yesterday by a trio of resignations in protest at far-Right activist Tommy Robinson being appointed as an adviser.
Former leader Paul Nuttall was the first to walk, complaining about the direction the beleaguered party has taken under his successor, Gerard Batten.
Mr Batten has been criticised for appointing political activist and English Defence League (EDL) founder Mr Robinson, real name Stephen YaxleyLennon, as an adviser on rape gangs and prison reform.
Mr Nuttall said: ‘The association with Tommy Robinson will simply appal many moderate Brexit voters and inevitably be detrimental to the cause.’
Ukip’s leader in Scotland, MEP David Coburn, also resigned. He protested about the ‘English nationalist direction’ adopted by the party and accused it of promoting anti-Islamic policies.
‘As a unionist, I abhor English nationalism as much as I abhor Scottish nationalism,’ he wrote in a resignation letter. ‘The party has been infiltrated by people with an alternative agenda.’
Later, former London mayoral candidate and serving London Assembly member Peter Whittle also announced he was quitting.
Ukip’s most high-profile figure, Nigel Farage, quit the party earlier this week after calling for Mr Batten to be ousted over the appointment of Mr Robinson.