Paul Nuttall elected UKIP leader

Paul Nuttall has been elected leader of UKIP with 62.6% of votes cast by party members. He promised to “put the great back into Britain” and make the government “give us a real Brexit”.

“The country needs a strong UKIP more than ever before. If UKIP is to be an electoral force, there will be an impetus on Theresa May and her government to give us a real Brexit.”

Bad news for Labour

Nuttall’s election is bad news for Labour. The UKIP leader is looking to exploit the disconnect between Jeremy Corbyn and traditional Labour voters, which is particularly pronounced when it comes to immigration and patriotism.

“I want to replace the Labour Party and make UKIP the patriotic voice of working people.”

Good news for UKIP

But it’s good news for UKIP. In October FTWC expressed its view that Nuttall was the only viable candidate to take over from Farage. At the time Nuttall had written an article in the Telegraph about the need for the party to heal its divisions. FTWC was clear:

If the party is to have any prospect of remaining relevant, Nuttall’s article must preclude a leadership bid.