He had "a duty" to sort the party out after its Autumn "disarray"by Alex Dean / February 9, 2017 / Leave a comment
“One of two things had to happen to ensure Ukip survived, either Nigel Farage had to come back as leader, or I had to step in. He wasn’t going to come back, so therefore I had a duty to sort it out.”
Paul Nuttall is leader of Ukip and also its candidate for the Stoke-on-Trent by-election, which takes place on 23rd February.
When I asked him what a loss would mean for his leadership of the party, and whether he would resign, he said: “Of course it would be a dent,” but gathered himself: “It wouldn’t be terminal… Stoke was not even in our top 50 target seats, so I’ve really taken a punt on this one.”
In the EU referendum, 69 per cent of voters in Stoke-on-Trent Central voted “Leave”—the highest level of any UK city. In the wake of Labour MP Tristram Hunt’s resignation, Nuttall hopes for another “vote for change. And let’s not forget, this has been labelled the capital of Brexit.”
Nuttall is a charismatic politician with an eye-catching dress sense. Labour’s dreadful performance in the national polls under Jeremy Corbyn, explains why Nuttall thinks Stoke could help Ukip “replace the Labour Party as the patriotic voice of working class people.”