• MEP Paul Nuttall has been appointed as deputy leader of the UK Independence Party. His selection to the post by the Party’s new leader, Nigel Farage, was today (08.11.2010) approved by the NEC in London.
Mr Nuttall, Euro MP for the North West, has stood down as chairman and this role has been taken over by Steve Crowther.
“This is a great honour which I was happy to accept, particularly at such a very exciting time for UKIP. Nigel Farage comprehensively won the leadership contest on Friday and we have a very busy time ahead of
us,” said Mr Nuttall.
“The political parties have never been more out of touch with public opinion. Patriotic Old Labour voters have known this for a long time. The traditional Liberals are also finding it hard to recognise what the Liberal Democrats have become.
“But for millions of Tory voters, the last few months have been something of a shock. David Cameron’s international policy is simple: just surrender.
“Patriotic Eurosceptic Tories are beginning to realise that under David Cameron and William Hague their party has ceased to exist.
“Only UKIP is fighting for the majority of people in this country who want a referendum on the EU.
“But we are not just about withdrawal from the EU, we have a whole raft of sound domestic policies. We believe being firm but fair on immigration, zero tolerance on crime and no tax on minimum wage.
“Education, hospitals and crime are basic issues that people care about on a day to day basis – as does the UK Independence Party,” said Mr Nuttall.