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Farage: PM must not 'backslide' on immigration promise

Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage has insisted that Prime Minister Theresa May should not be allowed to "backslide" on a points-based system for immigration.

May has said that the points systems used in other countries "simply don't work" and added that there was no single way to deal with immigration.

Speaking to ITV News, Farage said it was worrying that May seemed to be going back on the key Brexit promise to introduce the system, which he claims will be one of the best ways to control who comes into the UK.



Arron Banks refuses to rule out Ukip leadership bid

Businessman Arron Banks has refused to rule out standing for the leadership of the UK Independence Party.

Arron Banks speaking today. Credit: Marr

Asked whether he is in the frame to replace Nigel Farage, Banks told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "I haven't decided. I think it will be someone like Steven Woolfe but I haven't discounted it completely."

He denied having any contact with Andrea Leadsom about her leadership bid.

But he threw his support behind the energy minister in the race for Number 10, claiming Theresa May could "betray" the result of the EU referendum if she wins.

Banks also said Ukip could win "30-40" seats from the "disconnected" Labour Party at the next general election.

Ukip deputy: 'I won't stand to replace Farage as leader'

Farage and Nutall at a Ukip event Credit: PA

Ukip's deputy leader Paul Nuttall has said he won't be bidding to replace Nigel Farage as the head of the party and also plans to step down from his current position.

Mr Nuttall, who was viewed as one of the favourites to succeed Mr Farage, said he had achieved his objectives following the Brexit vote.

I have been at the forefront of the campaign to leave the European Union for a decade now, and I believe I can step aside with my objective achieved and my head held high.

– Paul Nuttall

The North West England MEP said he would keep his seat in the European Parliament to "hold the Government's feet to the fire" during the talks on leaving the EU.

'Job done!' says Farage as he steps down as Ukip leader

Video report by ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener

Nigel Farage declared "job done!" as he stepped down as Ukip leader today.

"I now feel that I've done my bit. I couldn't possibly achieve more than I managed to get in that referendum," he said.

The pro-Brexit campaigner is still an MEP but insisted he would not be returning to politics again.

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