New Ukip resignations over Robinson
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.