Three MORE re­sign from Ukip

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - Daily Mail Re­porter

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.

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