New Ukip res­ig­na­tions over Robinson

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

UKIP MEP and for­mer leader Paul Nut­tall has quit the party in protest at Tommy Robinson be­ing ap­pointed as an ad­viser.

Mr Nut­tall is the lat­est prom­i­nent fig­ure to leave Ukip com­plain­ing of the di­rec­tion it has taken un­der leader Ger­ard Bat­ten. Mr Bat­ten has drawn crit­i­cism for ap­point­ing po­lit­i­cal ac­tivist and English De­fence League (EDL) founder Mr Robinson as an ad­viser on rape gangs and prison re­form.

Mr Nut­tall said: “I am re­sign­ing be­cause the party is be­ing taken in a di­rec­tion which I be­lieve is harm­ful to Brexit. The as­so­ci­a­tion with Tommy Robinson will sim­ply ap­pal many mod­er­ate Brexit vot­ers and in­evitably be detri­men­tal to the cause.”

Ukip mem­ber of the Lon­don Assem­bly Peter Whit­tle, who stood as can­di­date for mayor in 2016, has also an­nounced his res­ig­na­tion from the party.

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