Nigel Farage has said today he will aim to oust Ukip leader Gerard Batten over his appointment of Tommy Robinson as his personal adviser. MR Farage has just said that he will be submitting a letter of no confidence in Mr Batten, promising to “get rid of him”.
Mr Farage was on BBC Radio 4 Today and said: “I’m appalled. Gerard Batten has got this sort of fixation with Tommy Robison, and discussing Islam, and dragging Ukip into the direction of effectively being a street activist party.”
When asked if Tommy’s appointment could kill UKIP he said :
I haven’t given up yet. I will be writing to the National Executive Committee of the party today and urging we have a vote of no confidence in Gerard Batten as leader, that we get rid of him.
We will have one last go at getting rid of somebody who as leader is dragging us in a shameful direction. I’m going to fight, try and save it, but if it continues in this direction, electorally it is finished.
I wanted to talk about real issues, issues politicians are afraid of: mass immigration, the growth of terrorism across Europe.”
When appointing Tommy Robinson Gerard Batten said:
I am appointing Tommy to be a personal special advisor on two subjects which he has great knowledge.
It is not necessary for him to be a party member in order to assist me in this role. I am looking forward to working with him.”
On Sunday, Mr Batten proposed a motion for members to vote on Mr Robinson being allowed to join the party as a member. However the party decided to defer the motion until after March 29 next year “in light of the recent Brexit negotiations.”