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Nuttall says Ukip vote was 'caught in a Tory tidal wave'

Paul Nuttall has said Ukip's punishing local election results saw it "caught in a Tory tidal wave" - but denied his party was now drowned out of mainstream politics.

The Ukip leader said Theresa May's Conservatives had "stolen our ground because she's able to talk the talk" as he campaigned in Skegness, Lincolnshire.

Yet he said he expected voters to return to his party when people realised Mrs May could not "walk the walk" in Brexit negotiations.

"She will buckle," Mr Nuttall said. "She will start to barter things away. Fisheries will go, there will be movement on immigration, on freedom of movement - she will buckle on that."

He added that "politics is a long term game" and insisted his party's future was "really bright" and could well be "bigger than it ever has before".

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UKIP leader Paul Nuttall to stand in General Election

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Ukip leader Paul Nuttall has confirmed he will stand for Parliament in the General Election.

His announcement ends speculation about whether or not he would run for a Commons seat.

Mr Nuttall said he would be "leading the party into battle" in the June 8 contest, adding he will reveal which seat he will be running for in 48 hours.

"As the leader of the party I will be, obviously, leading the party into battle as I have done many times in the past," he said.

Mr Nuttall failed in his previous bid to become an MP, losing the Stoke-on-Trent Central by-election in February.

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