By: Steve Dellar | 11-23-2018 | News
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UK - Nigel Farage Blasts UKIP Tommy Robinson Hire

Nigel Farage, the former UKIP (UK Independence Party) leader who now heads Leave Means Leave, a pro-Brexit campaign group, has slammed his successor, current UKIP President Mr Gerald Batten, for hiring activist journalist Tommy Robinson as an ‘adviser.’

Speaking on BBC Radio 4, Mr Farage said: “I’m appalled. The NEC (the National Executive Committee) of the party voted overwhelmingly last week not to have a ballot of members to let the man potentially join the party but Mr Gerard Batten has got this sort of fixation with Tommy Robinson and discussing Islam and dragging UKIP into a direction of effectively being sort of a street activist party.”

Mr Farage furthermore reminded everyone, under his leadership, the party had talked about mass immigration and extreme forms of Islam but "as a non-racist, non-sectarian party. This blows a hole in all of that."

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While he had not "given up" on UKIP, he said he would be writing to the party's ruling National Executive Committee urging a vote of no confidence in Mr Batten as leader and "that we get rid of him".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Nigel Farage has reportedly said on the radio this morning that the NEC should hold a vote of no confidence in me. This is the same NEC Nigel described as ‘low grade people’ and a ‘swamp that needed to be drained’. I will be in the media today commenting <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Gerard Batten MEP (@GerardBattenMEP) <a href="">November 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"We can have one last go at getting rid of somebody who as leader is dragging us in a shameful direction."


Current UKIP leader Mr Gerard Batten defended his decision to hire Tommy Robinson as an adviser and says he had saved the party "from oblivion".

Mr Batten, already the fourth person to lead UKIP since Mr Farage quit in the wake of the 2016 EU referendum, said he believed he would see off any challenge to his leadership. He said that Tommy Robinson was a "high profile" figure who had been "persecuted by the state because of his views".

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">FARAGE: <a href="">@GerardBattenMEP</a> must go, calls for vote of no confidence. <br><br>It comes after the UKIP Leader appointed Tommy Robinson as an adviser. <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Westmonster (@WestmonsterUK) <a href="">November 23, 2018</a></blockquote>

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"I think he's a good person to have on side, a lot of people respect his stand on things and his courage."

He rejected the concerns expressed both by the former UKIP leader Mr Farage and other MEPs, several of whom have quit the party in recent months, that UKIP was becoming tainted with Islamophobia because of hiring Mr Robinson.

"Islamophobic is a made up word… I don't have an irrational fear of Islam, nor does Tommy Robinson," Mr Batten stated.

"It's down to me that this party has survived, not Nigel Farage nor anybody else," he said. "Nigel walked away from UKIP two years ago and hasn't shown any interest in it since."


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Anonymous No. 43075 2018-11-23 : 14:32

The 17.4 million who supported Brexit can only punch their weight electorally if the vote banks of Rees Mogg, Johnson, Hoey, Farage, Batten, Waters and Robinson unite. Farage's attitude is a serious obstacle to that.

Anonymous No. 43076 2018-11-23 : 14:33

Sounds like sour grapes to me. He must have Hillary Clinton syndrome!

Anonymous No. 43079 2018-11-23 : 15:00

Bollox to Nigel Farage and his incestors. He should of stayed on as leader for longer if he's so concerned

Woot No. 43085 2018-11-23 : 16:36

When will they figure out that Farage is a fraud? Probably never. The Brits don't seem to be very intelligent. They worship a German family as British royalty and still haven't figured that 1 one.

Showing true colors No. 43094 2018-11-23 : 21:12

So this aszhat slams those that show the truth behind the evil that is so blatantly shown by these heathens.

Plain to see which side he is on. There are those who love humanity & those that despise it & wish to profit any way possible from it. It is obvious this nigel cat is the latter sort of person.

Anonymous No. 43099 2018-11-23 : 22:59

It's all so tiresome.

Woot No. 43112 2018-11-24 : 04:47

Fartage is obviously a Free Mason scrub, pushing the Illuminati, Free Mason Luciferian agenda.

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